Michael Fischer has worked for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for over six years in the Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Branch (EAIDB) and has recently taken-on the role of Antibiotic Stewardship Expert for the Health Care Safety Group of EAIDB at DSHS.
Prior to taking on this role, Michael has served Texas as the epidemiologist and subject matter expert for prion disease surveillance and infection prevention. Additionally, Michael has also served as a medical epidemiologist, during outbreaks involving high-consequence pathogens (West Africa Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in 2014) or events with elevated public concern (travel-related Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)), providing consults to physicians, infection preventionists, and healthcare facilities on appropriateness of testing, test results, prevention and control measures, and mechanisms of disease transmission.
As the Antibiotic Stewardship Expert, Dr. Fischer’s primary role is to promote the implementation and enhancement of antibiotic stewardship programs in Texas across all healthcare setting. Currently, Dr. Fischer serves on the Healthcare Executive Forum & Pharmacy Leadership Symposium Governing Board, Texas Medical Association Committee on Infectious Diseases, The Austin/Travis County CRE Task Force, and the City of Houston’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Executive Committee.