Dr. Lisa Fischer
Dr. Lisa Fischer MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor
Consultant Palliative Care Physician, Division of Palliative Care (Department of Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital)


EM206 - 1053 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1Y4E9


Medical school

  • University of Ottawa 2007


  • University of Ottawa - FRCPC Emergency Medicine and Fellowship in Palliative Care, 2014

Personal philosophy or quote

"Leave this world a little better than you found it" Robert Baden-Powell


  • Maniuk T, Cheung WJ, Fischer L, Nemnom MJ, Eagles D. The relationship between empathy and the quality of the educational environment in Canadian emergency medicine residents. CJEM. 2022 Apr 29:1–5.
  • Mottiar M, Hendin A, Fischer L, Hartwick M. End-of-life care in patients with a highly transmissible respiratory virus: implications for COVID-19 Can J Anesth/J Can Anesth, online May 11 2020
  • Maniuk T, Schouela N, Ho, M, Thurgur L, Fischer L, Mok, G, Syed S. Beyond survival: Practical wellness tips to thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic, CJEM 2020;22(5):579–583
  • Lim R, Gray S, Fitzpatrick J, Rang L, Fischer L. Emergency Medicine Physician Burnout and Wellness in Canada prior to COVID19: A National Survey CJEM 2020 Sep;22(5):603-607. doi: 10.1017/cem.2020.431)
  • Wong M, Jiang M, Labre K, Frank J, Fischer L, Cheung W. Does the public feel prepared to be substitute decision-makers? Gaps in preparedness and support for a high school curriculum: a national survey, Age and Ageing 2020; 00: 1–6
  • Hendin A, Hartwick M, Fischer L.Improving end-of-life care in the emergency department: Development of a standardized approach to an imminently dying patient, CJEM 2020;09:1–3
  • Hendin, A, La Rivière, C, Fischer, L. End-of-life care in the emergency department for the patient imminently dying of a highly transmissible acute respiratory infection (such as COVID-19) CJEM 2020:07:1–4
  • S Yiu, M Yeung, L Fischer, J Frank. Guiding practice transition with a faculty mentorship program, CJEM vol 21, S1, pp50
  • Wong M, Cassandre-Medor M, Yelle-Labre K, Mengzhu J, Frank J, Fischer L, Cheung W, Understanding Preparedness to be a Substitute Decision-Maker and the Potential for High School Education: a Mixed-Methods Public Intercept Survey, CMAJ OPEN, 7(3) E575, 2019
  • Fischer L, Hartwick M, Palliative Care in Non Malignant Diseases, Chapter 9: Palliative Care in Critically Ill Patients, Catholic University of Lisbon. 2018 [portuguese]
  • Lipinski M, Eagles D, Fischer L, Mielniczuk L, Stiell I., Heart Failure in the Emergency Department [accepted EMJ May 2018]
  • Fischer, L. Amazing and Awesome Rounds., Annals of Emergency Medicine, vol 69, Issue 5, p 655, May 2017
  • Hendin A, Fischer L, Perry JJ. Orthostatic Symptoms of Transient Ischemic Attack. CJEM. 2017 Mar;19(2):163-165.
  •  Fischer LM, Woo MY, Lee AC, Wiss R, Socransky S, Frank JR. Emergency medicine point-of-care ultrasonography: a national needs assessment of competencies for general and expert practice. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2014 Jan 1;16(0):1-15.

Research interests

  • Integration of Palliative Care in the Emergency Department
  • The use of Point of Care Ultrasound in Palliative Care
  • Prehospital Palliative Care