I was born on November 15, 1942, to Stella and Irving Fischer in New York City. My father was a noted Obstetrician and Gynecologist, my mother was a nurse. I grew up, was educated and spent my first 26 years of my life in New York City. I initially lived in the Inwood section of Manhattan. The family with my two sisters moved to the Upper West Side in Manhattan. I attended PS 93, a school built in 1890. Later, I attended Joan of Arc Junior High School PS 118. I played trombone in the orchestra and was on the basketball team. I went to Stuyvesant High School and continued to play trombone in the orchestra and band. I played quarterback on the football team and was on the swimming team. I graduated from Stuyvesant and I attended Cornell University. I played freshman football but by the sophomore year I decided that I was not going to be first string and that football was for me a suicidal enterprise. I joined the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. I majored in psychology with a concentration in social psychology. In 1962, two key events occurred in my life, my beloved father died of a heart attack and I met my beloved future wife Lorraine.
I graduated Cornell a semester early and returned to New York City to be with my family and Lorraine. To my surprise, the job market was particularly uninterested in me. I was lucky to get a job working for Orbachs Department Store as a buyer trainee. That lasted 3 months until I got a job as a New York City Welfare Worker. This was my graduate course in social psychology. I attended New York Medical College starting 1964. It was a difficult time because I did not feel like being a student but I buckled down and excelled in psychiatry. I spent my elective in psychiatry with Dr. Joseph Wolpe, the pioneer in Behavior Therapy. I. also, had gotten married to Lorraine in 1966. We lived in Queens, New York, for 2 years and liked living there but were financially challenged. I graduated medical school in 1968 and joined the Public Health Service. I did a rotating internship at the Public Health Hospital on Staten Island New York. It was a positive experience; I liked the clinical contact with patients and made many good friends with colleagues.
I finished my internship and moved to Washington, D.C., to become a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) resident in psychiatry. I trained at St. Elizabeths in Washington, D.C., and the NIMH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. I was also a Vestermark Fellow in psychiatry at NIMH. During this period, I immersed myself in the various schools of thought in psychiatry. I had several wonderful and very knowledgeable mentors. The birth of our first child was in 1971. I was discharged honorably at the end of my training with the rank of Surgeon from the Public Health Service. I worked as a supervisory psychiatrist and taught group therapy at St. Elizabeths. Our second child was born in 1973. At that time, we decided to embrace Washington as our town and we moved into our first house.
I entered Private Practice of Clinical Psychiatry in Washington, D.C., in 1972. I have been involved in many aspects of psychiatry as a Supervisory Psychiatrist to residents at St. Elizabeths, Psychiatric Consultant, as an Associate Investigator conducting Drug Research, actively involved in the Mid Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Association for many years, practicing in Forensic and Occupational Psychiatric. I have been on the Advisory Panel and Speaker Programs for many of the major pharmaceutical companies.
Aside from my interest in psychiatry, my other interests have been in art, architecture, and travel. I have traveled extensively and particularly liked Asia. I have been interested in painting and designing sculptures. At present, I enjoy spending time with my 2 grand children and my family.