Richard H. Fish, M.D.

Meet Dr. Fish

Dr. Richard H. Fish, a Houston native, joined Retina Consultants of Houston in 1992 where he practices as a board-certified retina surgeon. He is a nationally recognized vitreoretinal specialist and is well known in the area of research and treatment of opportunistic infections of the eye, in addition to being a scientific reviewer for two major ophthalmic journals. A skillfully trained and highly renowned retina specialist, Dr. Fish diagnoses, treats, and works with patients to manage a number of retinal conditions and diseases.

Skills and Specialties

Dr. Fish is extremely experienced in retina surgery, and also uses nonsurgical treatment methods to help patients restore their vision or manage and prolong further symptoms from occurring. He works with patients who have age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, diseases of the macula, and conditions brought on by chronic illness or infection. In addition, he is an expert in neuro-ophthalmologic disorders pertaining to the eye, which includes optic neuritis, ischemic optic neuropathy, and optic nerve disease. Dr. Fish is a compassionate and knowledgeable expert in this area and forms unique relationships with his patients as they work together to manage the symptoms for improved vision health.

Education and Training

After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Fish received his medical degree from and performed his internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Eye Foundation Hospital and his vitreoretinal Fellowship at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Subsequently, Dr. Fish was an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas for two and a half years prior to moving back to his hometown to join Retina Consultants of Houston.

Affiliations and Accolades

Dr. Fish is a clinical associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College, a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a past President of the Houston Ophthalmological Society. At Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Fish is one of the longest-tenured retina surgeons on the medical staff and is a physician member of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM), lecturing regularly on “Eye Diseases of Visual Artists” and “Blind Musicians.”  He is the author of a comprehensive book on the medical, musical, and historical aspects of the latter subject, "The Blind Musician".

Personal Achievements

Dr. Fish is fluent in Spanish and enjoys world travel.  In his spare time, he is an avid photographer, enthusiastic amateur chef, and a very active semi-professional musician.  He plays drums in the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band, two rock and roll bands comprised of doctors, and several jazz bands.

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