Retired gastroenterologist helps alleviate medical shortages in Maryland — 4 insights

Retired gastroenterologist Michael Fisher, MD, is helping allocate medical resources in his Maryland community as part of Talbot County's COVID-19 task force, according to The Star Democrat.

What you should know:

1. Due to medical issues, Dr. Fisher retired a few years ago from Digestive Health Associates and University of Maryland Shore Medical Group, both in Easton.

2. After Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, Dr. Fisher was asked to join an Emergency Operations Committee subgroup focused on addressing a surge in COVID-19 patients.

3. It was leaders from University of Maryland Shore Regional Health who approached Dr. Fisher to serve as a community-hospital liaison.

4. Dr. Fisher sprung into action, collecting "three carloads of gowns, masks and gloves" donated by specialty groups not using the supplies while elective surgeries were on hold. The contributions helped alleviate shortages, Dr. Fisher told The Star Democrat.

5. Dr. Fisher also participates in daily calls about how Shore Regional Health is responding to the pandemic.

"I was looking to find those meaningful things in the community I had practiced in for 30 years in which my experience could be utilized," Dr. Fisher said.

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