Dr. Farmer, an internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon, is chair of the Department of Surgery. She is known for her skilled surgical treatment of congenital anomalies and for her expertise in cancer, airway and intestinal surgeries in newborns. She is principal investigator of several National Institutes of Health clinical trials on the effectiveness and safety of spina bifida treatments before birth, and she is researching a novel stem cell therapy for repairing damaged neural tissue in spina bifida patients.
In 2010, Farmer was inducted as a fellow into the Royal College of Surgeons of England, becoming only the second woman surgeon from the United States to receive this prestigious honor. In 2011, she was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in medicine.
Farmer consistently has been recognized for her teaching and service by UC San Francisco, including the 2008 Family House Volunteer of the Year Award, 2009 Golden-Headed Cane Award (the highest faculty teaching award), 2001 and 2002 Outstanding Women Faculty Chancellor's Recognition Award, 2002 and 2008 Department of Surgery Excellence in Teaching Award and 2011 Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service. She is included in the 2010 edition of Who's Who Among American Women and the 2011 edition of Best Doctors in America. She has appeared on the Lifetime television network and the "Oprah Winfrey Show" to discuss surgical innovations.
Surgeon-in-Chief, UC Davis Children's Hospital
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95617
B.A., Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1977
UC San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1989
American College of Surgeons
American Pediatric Surgical Association
American Surgical Association
Association of Women Surgeons
California Academy of Medicine
Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
International Fetal Medicine and Surgical Society
International Pediatric Endosurgery Group
Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Pacific Coast Surgical Association
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Select Honors and Awards:
Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service (UC San Francisco), 2011
Best Doctors in America, 2011
Who’s Who of American Women, 2010
Golden-Headed Cane Award (UC San Francisco), 2009
Family House Volunteer of the Year Award (UC San Francisco), 2008
Select Recent Publications:
Jayaraman SP, Ayzengart AL, Goetz D, Farmer DL. Global health in general surgery residency: a national survey. J Am Coll Surg 2009;208:426-33.
Vu LT, Nobuhara KK, Lee H, Farmer DL. Conflicts in wound classification of neonatal operations. J Pediatr Surg 2009;44(6):1206-11.
Ozgediz D, Wang J, Jayaraman S, Ayzengart A, Jamshidi R, Lipnick M, Mabweijano J, Kaggwa S, Knudson M, Schecter W, Farmer D. Surgical training and global health: Initial results of a 5-year partnership with a surgical training in a low-income country. Arch Surg 2008;143(9):860-5.
Lee H, Wagner AJ, Sy E, Ball R, Feldstein VA, Goldstein RB, Farmer DL. Efficacy of radiofrequency ablation for twin-reversed arterial perfusion sequence. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 196: 459.e1-4, May/2007.
von Koch CS, Compagnone N, Hirose S, Yoder S, Harrison MR, Farmer DL. Myelomeningocele: characterization of a surgically induced sheep model and its central nervous system similarities and differences to the human disease. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 193: 1456-62, Oct/2005.
Farmer DL, von Koch CS, Peacock WJ, Danielpour M, Gupta N, Lee H, Harrison MR. In utero repair of myelomeningocele: experimental pathophysiology, initial clinical experience, and outcomes. Arch Surg. 138: 872-8, Aug/2003.
Adzick NS, Thom EA, Spong CY, Brock JW 3rd, Burrows PK, Johnson MP, Howell LJ, Farrell JA, Dabrowiak ME, Sutton LN, Gupta N, Tulipan NB, D’Alton ME, Farmer DL; MOMS Investigators. A randomized trial of prenatal versus postnatal repair of myelomeningocele.