Major Andrew D. Fisher, PA-C, SP, MS-2, ARNG
2018 Army Hero of Military Medicine
Major Andrew D. Fisher joined the Army in 1992 as an Infantryman. He successfully completed the Regimental Indoctrination Program and was subsequently assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in 1993. While assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, he completed an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course and discovered his desire to work in the medical field. His enlistment ended in 1996 and returned to Indiana to attend school.
While attending Indiana University, he also served in the Indiana National Guard as a combat medic. During this time, he served as a squad leader and platoon sergeant. In 2000, he graduated from Indiana University with an Associate’s Degree in Paramedic Science and continued his work in EMS as a paramedic.
In 2004, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program, graduating in 2006. Major Fisher’s first assignment as a physician assistant was to the Joint Security Area, Republic of Korea. In 2007, he attended the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Regimental Orientation Program, upon successful graduation was again assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as the senior physician assistant. In August 2013, he was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Special Troops Battalion in Fort Benning, GA. Finally, in April 2015, he was promoted to the Regimental Physician Assistant for the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Benning, GA.
Major Fisher has been extensively involved in ketamine use at the point of injury for analgesia, the development and implementation of the Group O low titer whole blood program, Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) for the Role 1 and point of injury, pain and sedation in prolonged field care, and TCCC adherence. He has also advocated for the utilization of social media for dissemination of education for medics.
In 2015, he was accepted at Texas A&M College of Medicine. He is a second-year medical student and continues to serve in the Texas National Guard as a physician assistant. Currently he is a voting member on the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Chairman for National Stop the Bleed Day.
His awards and recognitions include, Bronze Star Medal (w/ 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters and 1 Valor Device), Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (w/ 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medals (w/ 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (w/ 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (w/ 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Presidential Unit Citation (w/ Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (w/ Bronze Service Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/ 4 Bronze Campaign Stars), Iraqi Campaign Medal (w/ 2 Bronze Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCOPD Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (w/ numeral ‘2’), NATO Medal (ISAF), Combat Medical Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Flight Surgeon Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Italian Jump Wings, Infantry Order of Saint Maurice Medallion (Legionnaire), U.S. Army Physician Assistant of the Year (2010), Distinguished Hoosier (2012), Clarence Sasser Scholarship (2016), Pat Tillman Scholarship (2016). He was a Resident ILE Select and a graduate of the AMEDD Captain’s Career Course.
Major Fisher currently resides in Temple, TX with his wife of five years, Danielle.