Pittsburgh has tragically lost a caring doctor

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Andrew Fisher, who was killed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Sunday (“Doctor Never Stopped Helping Those in Need,” Dec. 12 news obituary), was a physician in my primary care physician’s practice. Since the doctors often see each other’s patients, Dr. Fisher treated me on a few occasions. I always felt extremely comfortable with him and found him to be conscientious, caring and kind.

During one office visit, he offered to take considerable time to search through years of my pre-computerized paper records to determine whether I’d received a certain immunization. When he returned from the files, he shuddered and joked that it was a “hateful task.” I laughed sympathetically, but truly appreciated his efforts.

The medical practice of today often rushes patients and doctors. That visit with Dr. Fisher made an impression on me. He wanted to do a thorough job and find the answers that I wanted. The importance of seeing a doctor who seems passionate about helping you — especially when you’re not well and aren’t at your best — can’t be stressed enough.

Dr. Fisher’s tragic death is a loss to the medical community and to everyone for whom he made a difference.

Squirrel Hill

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