Dr Peter Fisher

Dr Peter FisherTel: 020 3448 8880
Fax: 020 3448 8869
Email: esther.adelaja@uclh.nhs.uk

Location:
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

Specialities:
Integrated medicine

Professional background

Peter Fisher is Clinical Director and Director of Research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, Europe’s largest centre for integrative medicine. He is also Physician to Her Majesty The Queen. He was previously Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at King's College Hospital.

He is a graduate of Cambridge University and a  Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and of the Faculty of Homeopathy.  Accredited as a specialist in both homeopathy and rheumatology, he has published many papers on research in homeopathy and other forms of complementary and alternative medicine. 

Dr Fisher chaired the World Health Organisation’s working group on homeopathy and is a member of WHO’s Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine. He is Editor-in-Chief of Homeopathy, published by Elsevier, the only journal dedicated to homeopathy indexed in Medline (www.sciencedirect.com/homp).  He is also Clinical Lead of the UK’s National Library for Health’s online Complementary and Alternative Medicine Specialist Library, the NHS's official knowledge website  for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (www.library.nhs.uk/cam), and of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Library and Information Service (CAMLIS, www.cam.nhs.uk).  He was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal of the Polish Academy of Medicine in 2007.

Research interests

Dr Fisher specialises in homeopathy and other forms of complementary medicine, integrated with conventional treatment, for rheumatological complaints including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and soft tissue syndromes such as Fibromyalgia.  Also for skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis and a wide range of general medical problems.

Publications

Vickers A, Rees R, Zollman C, McCarney R, Smith C, Ellis N, Fisher P, Van Haselen R. Acupuncture for chronic headache in primary care: large, pragmatic, randomised trial. BMJ 2004; 328: 744 - 747.

Fisher P, van Haselen R, Hardy K, Berkovitz S; Rob McCarney R. Effectiveness Gaps: A new concept for evaluating health service and research needs applied to complementary and alternative medicine.  J Alt Comp Med  2004:10;627–632

Katz T, Fisher P, Katz A, Davidson J, Feder G. The feasibility of a randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial of homeopathic treatment of depression in general practice. Homeopathy 2005;94(3):145-52.

Fisher P, Berman B, Davidson J, Reilly D, Thompson T et al.  Meta-analysis of homeopathy. Lancet 2005;366:2083-4

Pilkington J,  Kirkwood G, Rampes H,  Fisher P,  Richardson J. Homeopathy for anxiety and anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the research  Homeopathy 2006;95:151-162.

Fisher P, McCarney R, Hasford C, Vickers A.  Evaluation of specific and non-specific effects in homeopathy: Feasibility study for a randomised trial. Homeopathy 2006;95:215-222

Dantas F, Fisher P,  Walach H, Wieland F,  Rastogi D.P,  Teixeira H et al, A systematic review of the quality of homeopathic pathogenetic trials published from 1945 to 1995, Homeopathy 2007; 96:4-16.

McCarney R, Warner J, Iliffe S, van Haselen R, Griffin M, Fisher P. The Hawthorne Effect: a randomised, controlled trial. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2007 :30. doi:10.1186/1471-2288-7-30

Warner J, McCarney R, Griffin M, Hill K, Fisher P. Participation in dementia research: rates and correlates of capacity to give informed consent. J Med Ethics. 2008;34:167-70.

McCarney R, Fisher P,  Iliffe S, van Haselen R, Griffin M, van der Meulen J, Warner J. Ginkgo biloba for mild to moderate dementia in a community setting: a pragmatic, randomised, parallel-group, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.  Internat J Geriatr Psychiat 2008 DOI: 10.1002/gps.2055