Surgery Grand Rounds, Diana Farmer, "A Scientific Journey from Singapore to Stem Cells"

How serendipity drives unexpected opportunities and leads to unexpected scientific advances.

When Jun 21, 2017
from 07:15 AM to 08:15 AM
Where 4008 Old Clinic Auditorium
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Contact Phone 919-445-0369
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FarmerDr. Diana L. Farmer holds the Pearl Stamps Stewart Endowed Chair, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery and the University of California, Davis Health System, and is the Surgeon‐in‐Chief of the University of California, Davis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Farmer is a native of Chicago, but has spent the majority of her career in Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA. After graduating from Wellesley College, she spent four years studying mariner biology in Bermuda, at Stanford and at MIT/Woods Hole. She then got her MD degree from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine and remained there for two years of her general surgery residency. After a two‐year post‐doctoral fellowship in surgical oncology at University of California, San Francisco, she stayed there to complete her general surgery training. She obtained her pediatric surgery training at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, remained as faculty for three years, and then returned to UCSF as an Associate Professor of Surgery. She was promoted to Professor of Surgery at UCSF four years later, was promoted to the Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery the following year, and subsequently assumed the role as Surgeon‐in‐Chief and Vice‐Chair of the Department of Surgery. She was hired as the Chair of the Department of Surgery at UC Davis in 2011.

Dr. Farmer has been honored with numerous awards throughout her career, including being a LUCE Scholar, a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a member of the esteemed National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. She is the President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. Dr. Farmer’s laboratory made the seminal discovery that hindbrain herniation could be ameliorated by prenatal repair in fetal sheep model. She is most well known for her role as a Principal Investigator on the $22 million NIH funded Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS Trial), the results of which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Farmer has published 125 manuscripts and 23 book chapters, has delivered 118 invited lectures as well as 57 international and national presentations, and has mentored over 30 MD and PhD students in her lab. Dr. Farmer resides in Sacramento, California with her husband, Dr. Charles Cauldwell, a pediatric anesthesiologist. She is an avid runner, and they are both avid bicyclists. She recently completed her first Half Ironman.