Dr. Rebecca E. Fisher
Interim Co-Chair and Professor, Department of Basic Medical Sciences
Director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory
The University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
Adjunct Faculty, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Dr. Fisher received a B.A. with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University and M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution. Trained as an anatomist and paleontologist, Dr. Fisher has studied numerous vertebrates (primates, artiodactyls, carnivorans, lizards) and cephalopods. She was recruited to the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix (UA COM-P) as a founding faculty member in 2006 and was responsible for designing the anatomy curriculum and the gross anatomy laboratory. She has received nine teaching awards, including the Basmajian Award from the American Association of Anatomists (AAA), and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honors Society in recognition of her leadership in fostering empathy in the anatomy lab and humanism in the practice of medicine. Dr. Fisher was awarded tenure in 2012 and was promoted to Professor in 2019. In 2021, she was named a Fellow of the American Association for Anatomy. A longtime ally for the LGBTQ community, Dr. Fisher served as faculty advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance on the UA COM-P campus (2010-2014), and its successor, LGBTQ in Medicine (2014-2018). And as a Latina faculty member, she is passionate about advocating for underrepresented minorities in STEM, serving on the Diversity Committee for the UA COM-P (2014-2020) and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the AAA (2016-present).