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Diana L. Farmer, M.D., FACS, FRCS

Diana L. Farmer, M.D., FACS, FRCS

Internationally renowned pediatric surgeon, Diana L. Farmer, M.D., FACS, FRCS, practices at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, where she is leading a program focused on the complex surgical needs of children. At Shriners Hospital, Dr. Farmer’s specialized surgical care extends to children 1 year of age and older who are faced with complex intestinal disorders, complex rectal disorders, and complex chest wall and neck disorders. She currently has a $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. Dr. Farmer also provides follow-up care for numerous general surgery conditions.

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. Dr. Farmer is a member of many professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics (Section on Surgery), American College of Surgeons, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Surgical Association, Association of Women Surgeons, International Fetal Medicine and Surgical Society, International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Dr. Farmer has been consistently named as a Top Doctor by Sacramento Magazine.


  • Medical Degree, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.
  • Residency, University of California, San Francisco, Calif., Surgery
  • Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Mich., Pediatric Surgery