National recognition for UC Davis Health pediatric researcher
Surgery professor and chair Diana Farmer recognized for pioneering work in pediatric surgery and fetal therapy
UC Davis Health Department of Surgery Professor and Chair Diana Farmer has received the esteemed Robert E. Gross Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research and Achievement from the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA). Announced recently at the APSA annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, this recognition is a significant milestone for Farmer, a leader in the field of pediatric surgery.
“I was completely surprised when I learned that I had won this award,” Farmer said. “Being recognized by one’s peers is an honor I do not take lightly. It is a privilege to join the list of respected honorees who have made enduring contributions to pediatric surgical research and treatments.”
The APSA Robert E. Gross Award for Excellence in Pediatric Research and Achievement acknowledges exceptional contributions that have revolutionized the way pediatric surgeons approach a specific issue. The award recognizes groundbreaking work that stands the test of time and is widely accepted as the gold standard in the field.
I was completely surprised when I learned that I had won this award. Being recognized by one’s peers is an honor I do not take lightly. It is a privilege to join the list of respected honorees who have made enduring contributions to pediatric surgical research and treatments.”
Farmer’s pioneering work in fetal surgery
Farmer's contributions have reshaped pediatric surgical practices.
Her expertise encompasses the treatment of birth defects both inside and outside the womb. She conceived the MOMS Trial in the early 2000s, which showed that fetal surgery could reduce the neurological deficits associated with spina bifida. Farmer is now leading the world’s first clinical trial combining stem cells and surgery to treat the most severe form of spina bifida. Her work has not only shaped surgical procedures but has also provided hope and improved the lives of countless children and families affected by complex medical conditions.
Her pioneering accomplishments extend over two decades, during which she has made significant advancements as the first female fetal surgeon. She has pioneered foundational techniques in pediatric and fetal surgery, revolutionizing the field and improving patient outcomes.
Farmer’s accomplishments have not only pushed her to the forefront of pediatric surgery but have also paved the way for future generations of medical professionals, particularly women, to pursue their passions and excel in their respective fields.
Farmer is only the seventh pediatric surgeon to be bestowed with this prestigious award.