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Atlantic Beach native and renowned sports doctor Barry Fisher dies at 69


When it came to professional sports in New York and medical related issues, Dr. Barry G. Fisher was at the forefront of advising teams and athletes in his career.

Fisher, 69, died on April 17 from Covid-19 related issues. He grew up in Malverne, lived in Atlantic Beach for more than 40 years and then Old Brookville. Fisher graduated from the University of Cincinnati and received his medical degree from the University of Chicago.

The orthopedic surgeon, who had his own medical practice, was the team medical doctor for several metropolitan area professional sports teams such as the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Nets.

Fisher was the one of two original physicians for the Devils when the team moved to New Jersey in 1982. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup when the team won the championship in 1995, 2000 and 2003. Fisher worked for the Devils until 2015.

He also treated countless domestic and foreign politicians, celebrities and many athletes. Dr. Fisher was involved in several medical charities to help ensure that those who were unable to receive medical attention got such medical treatment. He has a true passion for the medical profession, but his true love was his family, friends of the family said.

Fisher is survived by his wife Joann; children Samantha, Haylee, Jordan, Ryan, Charlie, Erika, and Corey; his grandchildren Ethan, Austin, Matthew and Kyle; his son-in-law Dan; daughter-in-laws Nina and Dari; brother Howard; and sister Suzanne.

It is requested that donations in his memory be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Center and specifically to Dr. Robert Wolff Pancreatic Cancer Research.