University of Miami MAIA alumnus Andrew Fisher

Name: Andrew Fisher

Employer: Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

Job Title: Director of Practice Operations & Innovation

Field/Industry: Healthcare

Graduation Year: 2016 

As the Director of Practice Operations and Innovation for Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), Andrew Fisher is responsible for directing Florida Cancer Specialists' day-to-day operations. Andrew leads the informatics team at FCS, supports new mergers and acquisitions, and as the innovation lead, is responsible for fueling new ideas and driving creative strategies for the organization. FCS is a multi-billion-dollar company, and a national leader in medical oncology and hematology.

Founded in 1984, FCS is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With over 200 physicians, 160 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and 100 locations in the FCS network, FCS is committed to providing world-class cancer care in community-based settings close to home.

Prior to joining FCS, Andrew worked for the federal government, where he spent two years as a program coordinator with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta, GA. Andrew coordinated day-to-day operations of programs and partnerships within CDC’s Epidemiology Workforce Branch, including the Science Ambassador Fellowship, medical and veterinary student programs, and the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). Before joining the CDC, his previous work experiences include 20+ international projects. To name a few, this includes at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the National Institute for Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico, a telemedicine tech startup in Miami, and as a consultant for Medtronic in Santiago, Chile. Currently, he sits on the executive board of an NGO, with work based in Haiti.

Andrew graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in French. While attending University of Miami, he received dual Masters Degrees in Public Health (MPH) and International Administration (MA). At the University of Miami, Andrew was named the 2016 Graduate Student Exemplar, one of the most prestigious awards given by the university. Andrew has also held Fellowship positions at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in NYC. He is currently earning a professional certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Andrew grew up in Victoria, B.C., Canada before moving to the Carolinas as a teenager. He enjoys “frugally” traveling (40+ countries, so far!) and outdoor activities including hockey, hiking, snowboarding, and golfing, which he played at the Division I level. He is fluent in French.

Question & Answer

What made you decide to pursue a graduate education?

I attended graduate school directly out of my undergraduate degree. I made this decision because I wanted to expand and personalize my academic portfolio. In a highly competitive global marketplace, a graduate degree sets you apart from other job candidates.

How did you discover the MAIA program, and what factors influenced your decision to enroll in the MAIA program?

I applied to over a dozen graduate programs all over the country. I was fortunate to be accepted into all the programs I applied to. When deciding on which program to attend, I wanted to find an institution that had a remarkable academic reputation, in a global and diverse city, with a strong school spirit, a global alumni network, and a personalized approach to selecting coursework. Miami offered exactly that through the dual degree program in public health and international administration (MPH/MAIA). The program was able to bridge my passion in public health with politics, culture, business, finance, and management.

What was your favorite thing about the MAIA program?

With out a doubt, my favorite part of the MAIA program was the diversity of students. Not only did the diversity help to create an engaging classroom dynamic, it pushed me to see the world through the lens of other perspectives. I now have friends all over the world doing amazing work in their respective industry and sector.

How has your MAIA degree played a role in your career?

I am fortunate to have received an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment at the University of Miami. The support of the professors and career development staff helped me redirect my career path, expand my perspectives, and introduced me to a wide range of inspiring people. Most important, UM supported my passion to pursue entrepreneurial projects in global public health. Whether I am leading projects locally, or in the international community, I take every opportunity to contribute to benefiting the health of others. MAIA prepared me to be successful in my endeavors.

What advice would you give to a student considering the MAIA program?

Choosing to pursue the MAIA degree takes commitment and an open-mind. The same traits, along with your newly gained academic foundation, will make you a successful leader and innovator. If you are looking for a program that challenges you academically and pushes you to see the world from new perspectives, this is the program for you. No matter what industry or sector you are interested in, MAIA provides a foundation and perspective for all.