Winter 2012


Dr. Diana Farmer

Some goodbyes are more difficult than others.

After 25 years, saying goodbye to my colleagues at UCSF and in the community will leave a hole in my heart, assuaged only by my firsthand knowledge of the extraordinary work you do on behalf of children and families.

When I became surgeon in chief at UCSF Children’s Hospital — now UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital — my primary aim was to develop a truly child-focused hospital culture of surgical excellence and research. I am thrilled and proud that for all pediatric surgical subspecialties, we now have full-time, fellowship-trained pediatric surgeons with extraordinary expertise. And when our new hospital opens at Mission Bay in 2015, with its children-only operating and recovery rooms, the move will be transformative for children throughout California.

As for clinical research, the work of a brilliant, committed group of physician-scientists has been a continual inspiration. They have discovered new procedures for everything from epilepsy and brain tumors to bowel disease, scoliosis and craniofacial disorders, and developed or refined surgical approaches, including single-port surgery, that get less invasive all the time. In my new role as chair of the Department of Surgery at UC Davis, I will remain a member of the UC family and look forward to continuing collaborations that aim to improve the lives of children and their families.

The faculty, staff and patients at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital , in partnership with all of you, have been, are and will continue to be the individual building blocks of UCSF's excellence. The best is yet to come for children's care in San Francisco!

I will miss all of you.

Diana Farmer, M.D.
Former Surgeon in Chief
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

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