Children require specialized care because of their small and growing bodies. This care often involves special skills in communicating with children and their patients, customized equipment to accommodate the developing bodies of children, and an understanding of the treatments and procedures children can tolerate, including the precise doses of medication and anesthesia. In this Patient Power interview sponsored by UCSF Medical Center, Dr. Diana Farmer speaks candidly about the benefits of a children’s hospital. Dr. Farmer is Surgeon-in-Chief at UCSF Children’s Hospital.
Children's hospitals have the expertise that general hospitals don't have. With programs specifically designed for young patients and more than 150 specialists in over 50 areas of medicine, UCSF Children's Hospital is one of the highest ranked pediatric centers in California. Dr. Farmer discusses the importance of seeing a specialist, especially at an institution dedicated to children. She talks about the advantages of visiting an academic research center and why seeking this type of care is critical.
If your child or young family member needs treatment for a medical condition, a children’s hospital is your best hope. To quote Dr. Farmer: “One of the great things for me personally about children’s care and being involved in the science of curing diseases for children is that it’s really true that you are not just saving a life, but you really are saving a lifetime. That’s what makes it so exciting.”
Diana Farmer, M.D.
Chief of Pediatric Surgery, UCSF Medical CenterDr. Farmer is chief of Pediatric Surgery at the University of California, San Fransisco’s Children’s Hospital, as well as professor of clinical surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology in the UCSF School of Medicine. She specializes in complex surgical care of conditions including airway and cancer problems, as well as surgery on fetal patients with life-threatening birth defects. Dr. Farmer received her... more >