After more than a year of deliberation and careful coordination with Raleigh Medical Group, I have made the difficult decision to leave RMG in order to start an independent medical practice. In collaboration with my partners at Raleigh Medical Group, we have delayed my departure until RMG had adequate physician staffing such that no patients would be left without a doctor in the transition. With the hiring of Dr. Siddiqui, I am leaving with the confidence that all of my patients will be well cared for whether they decide to stay at RMG or come with me.
I am grateful to Raleigh Medical Group for giving me a professional home where I established my medical practice in Raleigh, where I formed relationships with excellent colleagues and nurses, where I met all of you receiving this letter, where I was supported by a great staff, and where I was guided and inspired by my predecessor Dr. Bilbro. I leave Raleigh Medical Group not over any disagreement with the firm or with my partners, but rather because of what I consider intolerable intrusions of health insurers into our patient-physician relationship.
As a remedy to this problem, I am starting a new clinic that will serve my patients directly without the intermediary of insurance. Since that type of practice is not legally feasible within an organization that contracts with health insurers, I am unable to pursue this type of practice within RMG. My core mission and Raleigh Medical Group’s core mission are the same, to provide excellent care to our patients. I merely propose to pursue that goal free of the distracting intrusions from third party payers. In keeping my operation simple and keeping to the core mission, I will be able to keep fees modest and affordable to most. My patients will still be able to use their health insurance when they need higher cost specialty or hospital care, but for primary care services my patients will pay the clinic directly. I believe that this simplified and direct relationship between primary care clinic and patient best aligns our interests, as both parties collaborate for the common single goal of optimizing your health.
If you wish to learn more about my new practice, you can reach my clinic manager/wife Liz Fischer at 919-258-2440. Although this website is still under construction, you will also soon be able to learn more details here. In the coming months I will also hold town hall meetings to explain further how the clinic will function. These will be announced on the website.
For now, if you wish to stay a patient of Raleigh Medical Group and transition to Dr. Siddiqui’s care, you need not do anything and that will happen automatically. There will be no disruption in your care and your next scheduled visit, if it falls after Feb 28th, will be with Dr. Siddiqui rather than with me. If you wish to transfer to my clinic please contact RMG to request a transfer of records, and you will transfer to my new clinic effective March 1, 2016.
Fischer Clinic address for transfer of records:
702 North Person Street
Raleigh, NC 27604
Benjamin Fischer, MD
Dr. Fischer is documented eating a LocoPop
Sarah Fischer, 11, occasional office help
Teddy Fischer, 10, F3 Workout partner
Frances Fischer, 8, moral support
Benjamin P. Fischer, MD
Board Certified by American Board of Internal Medicine
North Carolina Medical Society Member
Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1994
Summa Cum Laude
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
CRC Press Prize for Excellence in Chemistry
The following is a letter from Dr. Fischer wrote to his patients in December 2015 to give more information regarding his announced departure from Raleigh Medical Group.
Roxie Bittner, RN
Roxie earned her nursing degree from Nash Community College in 1989. She joined Raleigh Medical Group in 1995 and worked with Dr. Robert Bilbro until he retired. She then worked with Dr. Fischer who continued the care of Dr. Bilbro's patients. She retired in September of 2015 and returned to work with Dr. Fischer in his new practice. She has worked with Dr. Fischer for over 10 years.
In her spare time, she spends time with her husband Bob and her two daughters and their families who live nearby. In addition to being a wonderful person, she is a great nurse, cook and quilter!
Dr. Fischer is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Dr. Fischer earned his M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Upon graduation he accepted a commission in the Navy and completed his residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA, including a year as Chief Resident. He later served in the US Navy Medical Corps on Whidbey Island, WA. After the Navy, he worked as a Hospitalist at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC before making Raleigh his home in 2007.
In Raleigh, Dr. Fischer was a partner at Raleigh Medical Group where he created the Raleigh Wellness Project, a collaboration with his patients, the YMCA and WakeMed physicians. He has also worked at Rex Hospital since 2008 as a hospitalist in order to stay involved in hospital medicine. In addition, he serves as a team doctor for NC State athletics. He opened Fischer Clinic March 1st of 2016 as a way to have a more direct relationship with his patients.
In 2015 he was a Finalist for NC Doctor of the Year a program sponsored by the North Carolina Medical Society. Some of the information below is from his page on their website: http://ncdoctorsday.org/ben-fischer/
Why Dr. Fischer was nominated:
He believes that health of the body, mind and spirit are all intertwined – and that understanding the soul and spirit of patients is as important as understanding their physical body. Dr. Fischer started working out with his patients at the YMCA to encourage healthy living. This grew into the Raleigh Wellness Project, a 12-week program on preventive health with group exercise. He’s known for his belief that a strong relationship between “healer and the healed” means better results. He likes to know what’s important to a patient – in life as well as with their health – so he can engage their body and spirit to achieve true changes.
What does being a doctor mean to you?
"As a doctor I am privileged to be invited into the inner workings of my patients’ lives. Patients share with me their pain and sufferings, their fears and anxieties, their hopes for what their lives might be and their regrets about what they sometimes have been. I have the opportunity to be present at the most vulnerable and difficult times in my patients’ lives and to seek to bring healing and comfort at those times. I strive to know my patients well and build a foundation of trust so that when the inevitable storms of life come, our relationship can help them face those storms.”
Behind the Scenes:
Liz Fischer, MBA, CMA
Wake Technical Community College, Medical Assisting Diploma, 2016
University of Texas at Austin, MBA, 2000
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, 1992
Phillips Academy, Andover, MA 1988
If you can find a human who has attended the same four schools that I attended, I will buy you lunch.
If you can find someone who has gone to school for a CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) AFTER getting an MBA, I will buy you breakfast.
Good at removing splinters
Married to Dr. Fischer