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Daniel Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.

Daniel Fisher M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center, Inc., is a person who has recovered from schizophrenia. He was hospitalized several times prior to becoming a physician and is one of the only psychiatrists in the country who openly discusses his recovery from mental illness. Dan was the co-recipient of the National Mental Health Association's 2003 Clifford Beers Award, and the Judge Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law's Leadership and Advocacy Award. He speaks across the country promoting recovery of people labeled with mental illness, and was the sole ex-patient member of the White House New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which recently issued its final report.