Dr. Diana Farmer Leads Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery

Diana Farmer, M.D., chief of pediatric surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, is working with surgeons worldwide to find ways to improve surgical care for children around the globe.

An internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon, Dr. Farmer is the newly elected chair of the Board of Governors Executive Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).  She was elected to the leadership role at the annual meeting of the ACS that took place in October, and was honored that the ACS was able to host the second meeting of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery – an effort that she also leads in her role as current President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA).

“I am both honored and delighted to work collaboratively with medical professionals on the international stage through the American College of Surgeons,” said Dr. Farmer.

The goal of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery is to unite leaders from throughout the world in surgery to improve access to quality surgical services for children in developing nations.  The initiative has been supported by Shriners hospitals for children as well as the ACS, APSA, the Royal college of Surgeons, London, and the British Association of Pediatric Surgeons among others.

Dr. Farmer is surgeon-in-chief at the University of California, Davis Children’s Hospital and chair of the Department of Surgery at the UC Davis Health System. At Shriners Hospital, Dr. Farmer’s expert surgical care extends to children one-year of age and older who are faced with complex intestinal disorders, complex rectal disorders and complex chest wall disorders.

Dr. Farmer is well known for her surgical treatment of congenital anomalies, her investigations on the safety and effectiveness of treating spina bifida before birth, and her expertise in cancer, airway and intestinal surgeries in newborns. She has been an ACS fellow since 1998.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org

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