Meet the master| Volume 4, ISSUE 12, P539-544, December 2019

David Fleischer, MD

        Dr Fleischer (Author photo 1, Author photo 2, Author photo 3, Author photo 4, Author photo 5, Author photo 6, Author photo 7, Author photo 8, Author photo 9, Author photo 10, Author photo 11, Author photo 12; Video 1, available online at is currently an emeritus physician at Mayo Clinic Arizona and a Professor of Medicine at College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and did his residency at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital/Case Western Reserve University and at Wellington Hospital in New Zealand. He completed his GI Fellowship at Harbor General UCLA.
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        Author photo 2Little league baseball team (St Paul Saints) in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1956 (fourth from right, back row).
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        Author photo 3Wedding picture with Karen (1973).
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        Author photo 4Speaking at a plenary session of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in 2010.
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        Author photo 5A Hat Party in 2016—a Fleischer tradition.
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        Author photo 6Karen and Dr Fleischer in 2018.
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        Author photo 7With wife, Karen; 3 kids; and 5 of 6 grandkids in 2018.
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        Author photo 8Training Kenyan doctors in esophageal stent placement as part of a project by the African Esophageal Cancer Consortium and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in East Africa in 2019.
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        Author photo 9Presenting American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy DVDs to doctors in Zambia as part of an American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy—African Esophageal Cancer Consortium trip.
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        Author photo 10With Mayo endoscopy nurses in 2019.
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        Author photo 11Appearing as an exoculated scientist eaten by zombies, with Karen and son, Ruben, the director of Zombieland 2: Double Tap, in 2019.
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        Author photo 12With daughter, Mara; son-in-law; the 4th grandkid; and the newest grandkid, Haddie, in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2019.
        He served in the United Sates Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He was on the staff at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC; the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Georgetown University (where he was a Professor of Medicine); and Mayo Clinic Arizona (where he served as Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology [2001 to 2006] and on the active staff until 2019).
        Dr Fleischer is a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), for which he served as President; the American Gastroenterologic Association; and the American College of Gastroenterology. He has been given the Rudolf V. Schindler Award by the ASGE, its highest honor, and was an invited lecturer for the Society. He is a Master in the American College of Physicians, and he served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the United States Senate.
        He is acknowledged for his pioneering work with laser therapy for esophageal cancer, band ligation and snare polypectomy for premalignant esophageal lesions, video endoscopy, capsule endoscopy, and radiofrequency ablation for Barrett's esophagus.
        He has published more than 300 original articles and editorials and has edited several books. He has lectured throughout the United States and internationally and has spoken on all 7 continents, including Antarctica. Dr Fleischer has been involved in projects for screening, prevention, and treatment of esophageal cancer in China, Iran, South Africa, and Kenya and he is a founding member of the African Esophageal Cancer Consortium.
        Dr Fleischer has been married to Karen Samuel since 1973, and they have 3 children: Ruben, Lucas, and Mara. He enjoys golf, hiking, hat collecting, writing doggerel poetry, making scrapbooks, working crossword puzzles, and listening to country and Western music. The reader is referred to his IMDB website, where his roles in the movies 30 Minutes or Less, Gangster Squad, Venom, and Zombieland 2: Double Tap are recorded.


        The author disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this publication.

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