Introducing Dr. Philip Fish, the latest urologist joining the team at Urology Associates of Central Missouri. With a passion for urology, Dr. Fish brings a unique perspective to the practice. Let’s take a closer look at his journey, his favorite holidays, and his life in Columbia, where he attended medical school at the University of Missouri.
Q: What procedure do you perform most frequently? What’s your specialty or favorite procedure?
A: As a urologist, I frequently perform endoscopic procedures, such as the removal of kidney stones and bladder tumors, all accomplished without the need for incisions. However, my favorite procedures to perform involve robotic kidney surgery. This includes both radical nephrectomy, where the entire kidney is removed, and partial nephrectomy, which involves removing only a kidney tumor while preserving the remaining healthy kidney tissue.
Q: What can patients expect when they have a consultation/appointment with you?
A: During a consultation or appointment with me, patients can expect a high level of care and attention. I prioritize their time and ensure that their concerns are thoroughly addressed. When meeting with patients, I make it a point to actively listen to their worries and address them with genuine empathy. My goal is to maintain open and honest communication throughout the diagnosis and treatment process, ensuring that patients are well-informed and involved in their healthcare decisions.
Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job was at a butcher shop, which I started when I was just 14 years old. Working there taught me the value of hard work and responsibility at a young age, setting me apart from many of my friends. It had a profound impact on shaping the person I am today.
Q: What is your favorite holiday?
A: Choosing a favorite holiday is tough for me since I love three of them equally: Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas, depending on the time of year. As for vacations, my favorite one was undoubtedly my honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, a stunning beach town on the Pacific coast of Mexico. It offered a taste of old Mexico with its charming cobblestone streets and amazing restaurants.
Q: What is currently on your bucket list?
A: One of my bucket list items is to play several renowned golf courses, including Bandon Dunes (all of them), St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, and Royal Portrush.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: Recently, I read “Killers of the Flower Moon,” by David Grann, a gripping account of the Osage Indians in the 1920s and a series of murders orchestrated to seize their mineral rights for oil on the reservation. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in history and intrigue. I’m eagerly awaiting Martin Scorcese’s upcoming film based on this captivating story.
Q: Best thing you like about living in Columbia?
A: For my wife and me, Columbia is home. We spent 11 wonderful years here before embarking on my residency training, and our love for this city runs deep. Columbia boasts incredible local restaurants like Murry’s, D. Rowe’s, Addison’s, Flat Branch, and more. Being close enough to cheer on the Tigers adds an extra perk. In truth, I could go on and on about why we adore this place and are thrilled to be back to serve the people of Mid-Missouri.
With a warm and compassionate approach to patient care, Dr. Philip Fish is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of those he treats. If you’re seeking a skilled urologist who values patient well-being and possesses a passion for his work, Dr. Fish is the perfect choice.