Dr. Dan Fisher

Internal Medicine
Oak Harbor, WA
29 years experience male

Locations

South Island Medical

Freeland, WA

Address

1690 Layton Rd, Freeland, WA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 0900am - 1600pm
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Fax

(360) 331-3373

Insurances accepted

Cigna

Regence Blue Shield of Washington

Group Health Incorporated

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Medicare

Tricare

Premera Blue Cross

North Island Medical

Oak Harbor, WA

About

Bio

Retired US NAVY Internal Medicine physician. Now in private practice in Central Whidbey.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Internal Medicine

Licenses

United States: Washington

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
No: But there are very recent breakthroughs in treatment. Best bet is prevention by avoiding contact with blood and blood products.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
No: A clot travelling through the pulmonary artery may lodge anywhere between the pulmonary artery and its distal branches depending on size of the clot, ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Death from allergy: Anaphylaxis = medical emergency in which your immune system responds too vigorously to an allergen. Allergen could be ingested, injected, breathed in... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Depends.: Antibiotics not graded according to power. Akin to asking which wrench is best. Answer is the one that fits. Antibiotics are chosen and tailored to sp... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Several ways: Heart feeds itself with blood only during relaxation phase of heart cycle. High diastolic pressures impede this blood flow. Very high blood pressure ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Can wait.: If you are on dialysis you should discuss with your kidney doc and or your primary care doc. Urochromes and breakdown products of your red blood cells... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Alcohol: Should have no significant effect on valve repair. Drinking 1-2 drinks per day for a male seems to help prevent early mortality.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Frothy phlegm: I would be concerned about tuberculosis given your location although just about any lung and some heart disease can cause this. You should probably h... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
STD: There is no way to have a sexual transmitted disease without sexual contact - mucous membrane to mucous membrane. If you have not had that you do not... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Not sure.: Not sure how to answer that. Maybe there are some suspicious circumstances? Loss of consciousness or amnesia for events? Drugged feeling or odd beh... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Stop worrying.: You still do not have a problem. Blood sugar goes up and down all day long. Both numbers are perfectly correct and normal. Machines are non linear u... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
I suggest not.: No one needs a colon cleanse and no one needs detox (unless of course you are physiologically addicted to something). I you are uncomfortable and gas... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Osmotics: Need to add other agents to the fiber. Usually osmotic agents such as polyethylene glycol, lactulose or magnesium salts. Start at low dose and incre... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Best thing to do is-: nothing until you have a diagnosis. Polyclonal hypergammaglobulinemia is non specific and simply indicates the immune system is activated. This is n... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Sinusitis: Not sure I can do any better than this. Would be reasonable to obtain coronal non contrast CT of your sinuses to explain why you have this. What are... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
See doc.: You should see your doc. Vasculitis is a serious disease and should be treated early to prevent complications.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Varies: If your carpal tunnel is severe I would bet you cannot use your hands now...... Recovery varies, but fine motor is pretty good right away progressin... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Good dose.: Very few meds need to be taken on strict schedule or at exactly the same time every day. If you are off a little bit it will make no difference. If y... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Diabetes?: Usually this is nothing, but could be diabetes or another electrolyte disturbance. If you have nocturnal urinary frequency or this persists see doc f... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Somewhat true: The statement that the liver is the only organ that can repair itself is somewhat misleading. All organs will heal and scar. The gut is replacing it's... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Yes.: Menveo and Menactra boosters should be given every five years if you are at risk of disease.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
No harm to skin: No problem with skin but should be careful not to inhale talc.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Appy: Food and particles may get deposited in the appendix, but they do not cause appendicitis. You will know that something is wrong when you develop prog... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Unlikely: Unlikely if she is taking the pill and using it properly. Failure rate is low.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
FM / sciatica: Apparently there is. This is not true for everyone, but some pt's with FM note this.
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A male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
No: Gall bladder dyskinesis and delayed gastric emptying are separate entities. Having the gall bladder removed may improve your symptoms but will not not... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Stroke.: The infarct is a stroke. Her age, hypertension and diabetes are risk actors for that stroke. But I would have to say that at age 80 her risk is prima... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Get treated?: If you think you have scabies, get seen and treated.
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A female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Probably related: Twitching (a fasciculation) of the muscle could certainly be related to working out. This will go away with time.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Not a good idea.: Can't be taught in 400 words and the interpretation piece would be even more difficult. If you think there is something wrong with your heart sounds ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Cannot confirm.: The standard treatment for Hep B is interferon plus an antiviral: lamivudine, adefovir dipivoxil, telbivudine, entecavir, or tenofovir. I googled the... Read More
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A 73-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
No.: A normal US then does not guarantee anything now, but it would be quite unusual for something to suddenly happen to your ovaries which have been "norm... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
TA: Blindness due to temporal arteritis comes from occlusion of the artery that supplies blood flow to the eye. Occlusion happens suddenly - sight one mi... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Should be OK: Stopping advair for a while should be well tolerated. Let doc know if you have wheezing or shortness of breath.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Depends: If you have a life threatening susceptible bacterial infection then it is bad. If you are doing fine then it is probably not a big deal. Azithromyci... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
LFT elevation.: Intermittent LFT increase associated with variety of illness most commonly non alcoholic fatty liver (or alcohol) Also viral hepatitis, medications /... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
May be pregnant.: Check a home pregnancy test kit. If you are 15 days late it will be positive. Missed periods often mean pregnancy but if not probably represents absen... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
LDL: Please go to framingham risk calculator (http://cvdrisk.nhlbi.nih.gov) and calculate risk for having heart disease within next ten years. If risk is g... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Not Common.: This is not a commonly reported side effect, but I am sure it could occur.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Constipation: All of your symptoms could be attributable to constipation and the air problems may be related to how you eat and swallow air. I suspect your doc has ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
SCLC.: Generally the long term outlook for SCLC is not good, but every case is unique and there may be prognostic factors in your particular case that could ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Stenosis: Stenosis can occur at any level of the spinal cord. The symptoms produced depend upon the level of the stenosis from the bottom to the top of the spi... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Not emergency.: But because of your young age you should see doc sometime soon.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
No.: Any bleeding after menopause requires thorough evaluation for gynecologic cancers. See your doc and report these symptoms.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
XR: Probably need an XR at this point.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Back pain.: Rest / stretching / avoidance of heavy lifting and judicious use of medications including acetaminophen 650 mg up to 5 times / day or a non steroidal ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Not bacterial.: Certainly does not sound bacterial. Could be viral, fungal, allergic, auto-immune, post nasal drip, esophageal reflux or there could be a mass. Hard ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Lytic lesion: This is a lesion in which the bone is being destroyed. This is typical for cancers that spread to bone. Such cancers include multiple myeloma, breast... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Many: There are many oral diabetic medications which could be used. the whole - gliptin ( sitagliptin, etc.) family and the - flozin ( canagliflozin for exa... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Difficult question: There are too many reasons to list for this. You need a better history, good exam and probably some basic labs to help figure this out.
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Testimonials
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Aug 3, 2014
Dr. Fisher is Compassionate and caring about physicians and patients. He is a prime example of what a Healthtap physician is and should be.
Sep 11, 2013
Dr. Fisher provides informative, accurate answers on HealthTap -- and also has a warm sense of humor. I recommend him!
Sep 3, 2013
Dan is the smartest internist I know. If there's a puzzle to solve, he's the guy you want.
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Thanks. My girlfriend who went to best hospital in NYC (I think sloan Kettering) was told by her surgeon that popcorn has been known to cause. Maybe kernels or remnants get stuck and form an abcess bu...Read More
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thanks unsure how I wIll wash dIshes If thats the case or bathe my 2 small chIldren out of the 4 kIds I have .. havIng my hands In water Is a daIly thIng.. thanks for the advIce but unsure how that wI...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you! I'm already taking rifroxomen now and according to the research I'm trying to figure out of I should take 5 mg of naltrexone or 50 mg of erythromycin (see si...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1994MD

Residency

PORTSMOUTH REGIONAL HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, National - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Washington - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Washington - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Whidbey General Hospital
American Medical Association
American Medical Directors Association

Publications

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