Message from Diana L. Farmer

Diana Farmer, M.D.Surgery is a significant strength of UC Davis Health System because of our commitment to patients. Our expert, compassionate team is at the forefront of improving lives by discovering new ways to:

  • treat complex cancers
  • speed burn recovery
  • reconstruct facial tissue following traumatic injury
  • overcome obesity
  • repair congenital defects before birth
  • provide lifesaving options for end-stage heart failure

We are pioneers in minimally invasive surgical approaches, including laparoscopic and robotic techniques, to reduce recovery time.

And we are transforming the future of our field, which is increasingly about prevention—rather than repair—at the molecular and cellular levels. For instance, we are advancing the use of bioengineered “scaffolds” to reduce the disabilities of spina bifida and exploring the power of stem cells for treating severe vascular disease and repairing damaged hearts.

Unique to UC Davis are some amazing clinical and research partnerships that we leverage to improve care, including collaborations with the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, VA Healthcare System Northern California, Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California and David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base.

Together, we are ensuring that the latest surgical advances are available to help patients in our region—and beyond.

Diana L. Farmer, M.D.
Chair of the Department of Surgery