NEWS | June 1, 2016

Farmer inducted as president of American Pediatric Surgical Association

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

Internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon Diana Farmer was inducted for a one-year term as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association during the organization’s annual meeting held May 15-17 in San Diego.

Diana Farmer has been inducted as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Photo copyright APSA. Diana Farmer has been inducted as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Photo copyright APSA.

Farmer’s first priority is to lead the association’s Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery. Members of the association joined forces with the British Association of Pediatric Surgeons and children's surgeons worldwide in London on May 27-28 to discuss ways to improve the surgical care for children throughout the world. The goal is to unite leaders in her field to improve access to quality surgical services for children in developing nations.

Farmer, chair of the UC Davis Department of Surgery, Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor and surgeon-in-chief of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, is known for her groundbreaking surgical treatment of congenital anomalies and for her expertise in cancer, airway and intestinal surgeries in newborns. She is recognized for her investigations on the safety and effectiveness of providing spina bifida treatments before birth, and she is currently developing a stem cell treatment that can reduce the paralysis associated with spina bifida.

The American Pediatric Surgical Association has 1,200 members and is the nation’s largest professional organization dedicated to the pediatric surgical specialty ─ from academia to government and private practice. More information is on the association’s website.

Additional information about the UC Davis Department of Surgery is on the UC Davis Health System website.