We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the Beaches OBGYN practice: Dr. Joana Fischer.

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Dr. Fischer received her undergraduate degree (double major in Biology and Spanish) at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and her medical degree at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. During her time at UAB, she worked as a laboratory assistant performing metabolic syndrome research. Dr. Fischer completed her OBGYN residency at the University of Florida in Jacksonville, where she was a recipient of the Golden Apple Medical Student Teaching Award for four consecutive years. During her residency, she was exposed to high-risk pregnancy, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, and gynecologic oncology.

Bilingual in both English and Spanish, Dr. Fischer spent two months in Cameroon, Africa, assisting labor & delivery in a rural community hospital and one month in the Dominican Republic providing family medicine services.

A member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), she is especially passionate about educating women on the complexities of female health and empowering them to make informed decisions regarding menstrual cycles, contraception, and family planning.

Dr. Fischer is married and enjoys indoor gardening, trying new restaurants, cruising around Jacksonville Beach with her husband, and spending time with her two dogs at the local parks.

What initially inspired you to pursue the field of women’s healthcare / obstetrics and gynecology?

What initially inspired me to pursue OB/GYN is the opportunity to be a part of the childbirth process and watch families meet their newest edition for the first time. I am passionate about educating women on the complexities of female health and empowering them to make informed decisions regarding contraception, family planning, menstrual cycles, and more!

What aspects of the practice are you most passionate about and why?

While all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology are unique and challenging, reproductive health such as family planning and infertility is what I am most passionate about.

If you could offer one piece of advice (healthcare related or otherwise) to your female patients, what would it be?

Everyone should find an OB/GYN they trust and feel comfortable with. Obstetrics and gynecology is essential to women’s healthcare, and my biggest advice is to go to your OB/GYN regularly. Not only for prenatal visits but also for preventive healthcare.

What do you love most about Jacksonville, and what do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy maintaining indoor houseplants, spending time with my two dogs at the park or on walks, cruising around Jax Beach with my husband, and trying out new food spots (especially oysters!).