Professor Diana Farmer
Dr Diana L. Farmer, a fetal and neonatal surgeon, is the Pearl Stamps Stewart Chair of the Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Dr Farmer was the founding president of GICS, The Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery in 2016. GICS is the collective vision of paediatric surgeons from Nigeria, Canada, USA and the UK who set out to create a global dialog to advance the access to and quality of safe surgical care for children in low-resource settings. The collaboration is inclusive of all children’s surgical subspecialties as well as a diverse network of professional associations and multi-disciplinary care professionals. She is also the founder and co-director of the UC Davis Surgical Bioengineering Lab which made the discovery that hindbrain herniation could be ameliorated by prenatal spina bifida repair in fetal sheep. Her research has a focus on stem cell therapy for repair of damaged neural tissue in prenatal spina bifida patients. Dr Farmer has been honoured with numerous awards throughout her career, including being a Luce Scholar, a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (the second woman surgeon from the United States to receive this prestigious honor), a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, a past President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and a past Chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. Beginning in 2019, Dr Farmer will hold a two-year term as Chair of the UC Davis Council of Chairs. Dr Farmer has published over 172 manuscripts and 24 book chapters, has delivered over 75 invited lectures as well as over 60 international and national presentations and has mentored over 35 MD and PhD students in her lab.