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California Surgeon Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, Elected Chair of the Board of Governors Executive Committee of the American College of Surgeons


Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS

CHICAGO (December 6, 2016): Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, Sacramento, Calif., was elected Chair of the Board of Governors (B/G) Executive Committee during the Annual Business Meeting of the Members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The meeting was held during the ACS Clinical Congress in Washington, DC, on Oct. 19.

Dr. Farmer, an internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon, is the Pearl Stamps Stewart Professor of Surgery and chair of the department of surgery at the University of California Davis Health System in Sacramento. Dr. Farmer is also the Surgeon-in-Chief of the University of California Davis Children’s Hospital. She is known for her skilled surgical treatment of congenital anomalies, her expertise in cancer, airway, and intestinal surgeries in newborns, and her investigations on the safety and effectiveness of providing spina bifida treatments before birth.

In her role at B/G Chair, Dr. Farmer will act as a liaison between the B/G Executive Committee, the 24-member Board of Regents (B/R) that governs ACS and is elected by the B/G, and the ACS Executive Director. She will also work with the Director of the Division of Member Services and its staff, and lead Executive Committee activities.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) since 1998, Dr. Farmer has served on numerous ACS committees. Before her election to Chair of the B/G, Dr. Farmer served as its Vice-Chair and Quality Pillar Lead. The Quality Pillar works closely with the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care (DROP-C) to create and update ACS best practices and guidelines, focus on the health of surgeons, and develop programs and resources for the surgical workforce.

Dr. Farmer has also served on the College’s Surgical Research Committee, the Committee on Resident Education, the Program Committee, and as co-Chair of the Advisory Council Program Representatives, among others. As B/G Chair, she will continue to serve as a Governor for the Northern California Chapter.

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About Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS
Dr. Farmer received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass., and then studied marine biology in Bermuda, Monterey, Calif., and Falmouth, Mass. She received her medical degree from the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, Seattle, and completed her surgical training at UW as well as at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit. In 2010, Dr. Farmer became the second female surgeon from the United States to be inducted as a fellow into the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In 2011, she was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in medicine.


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