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Diana L. Farmer named president-elect of American Surgical Association

Chief of pediatric surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California and world's first female fetal surgeon

Diana L. Farmer named president-elect of American Surgical Association

Diana L. Farmer, M.D., FACS, FRCS, chief of pediatric surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, has been named president-elect of the American Surgical Association for the 2021-22 year. She is the third woman to be named to this position in the association’s 141-year history. The association is known as the nation’s oldest and most prestigious surgical organization. Dr. Farmer is an internationally renowned pediatric surgeon – the world’s first female fetal surgeon – known for her expertise in complex intestinal, rectal, chest and neck disorders.

Dr. Farmer was inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2010, becoming the second American woman surgeon to receive this honor. In 2011, Dr. Farmer received one of the highest honors in medicine when she was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

In 2018, she was awarded a nearly $6 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children to study surgical and stem cell treatments for spina bifida. The grant allowed her team to perform final preparations and testing to justify the treatment of babies diagnosed with spina bifida with a combination of fetal surgery and stem cell therapy. Her team received FDA approval for clinical trials to begin this year. She is a pioneer in the field of finding ways to repair damage to the fetal spinal cord prior to birth.

Dr. Farmer perfectly embodies Shriners Hospitals for Children’s three mission pillars: to provide the highest quality of care to children; to invest in the education of physicians and other health care professionals; and to conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is proud of its role in medical education and research. By maintaining relationships with major educational affiliates and associations, the Northern California Shriners Hospital fosters an academic environment committed to providing high-quality education for its medical staff and excellent care to all patients.