Odyssey Medal

William Payne Fiser

Bill Fiser

Dr. Fiser is the Medical Director of ARORA, the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency. ARORA manages all organ and tissue donation, recovery and allocation for transplantation in Arkansas. During his term as Medical Director, organ donation in Arkansas has doubled and tissue donation has quadrupled.

Dr. Fiser was a pioneer in the heart transplant field, performing the first heart transplant in Arkansas in 1989 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. As research director of Cardiovascular Surgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital, he helped develop and gain FDA approval for the mechanical cardiac support as a bridge to heart transplant in infants and children.

While in private practice at Cardiac Surgery, he pioneered a number of innovative procedures such as the Ross Procedure, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, heart valve repair and using human homograft as heart valve replacements. He also cofounded a music publishing company in Nashville, Tenn., and worked with well-known musicians such as George Strait and groups such as Diamond Rio on Grammy-nominated compositions.

Dr Fiser is a 1975 graduate of Hendrix with a degree in biology. He attended UAMS College of Medicine, interned at the University of Minnesota in Surgery, and completed General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery residency at UAMS. He was board certified in both General and Thoracic Surgery, is active in professional organizations, and serves on numerous boards and national committees. Dr. Fiser says his Odyssey is about change and adapting to change.