Richard G. Farmer, M.D.

Richard G. Farmer, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 646
Rochester, NY 14642

Fax: (585) 276-0101

Professional Bio


Dr. Farmer was born in Indiana, attended Indiana University, and received MD degree from the University of Maryland and Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota. He trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Milwaukee County Hospital and Mayo Clinic. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He served in the Medical Corps of the US Navy.
Dr. Farmer was Chief of Gastroenterology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for 10 years and served as Chair of Medicine for 16 years. He was on the Faculty at Georgetown University for 12 years. He developed continuing medical education programs in Russia and Eastern Europe from 1992 to 2003 working as a consultant for the US State Department as well as private sector grants. He was Medical Director of the Eurasian Medical Education Program, a joint collaboration with the American College of Physicians from 1997 -2003. He has published more than 250 journal articles, with primary emphasis on inflammatory bowel disease.

He was appointed to the National Commission on Digestive Diseases in 1977 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The commission developed the Digestive Disease Institute at the National Institute of Health.

Dr. Farmer was elected (lifetime) to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, in 1983. He received a Jubilee Medal from Charles University, Prague, in 1998 for his contributions to health in the Czech Republic. He was president of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, and subsequently received the Founder's Award for "striving for excellence in medical education". He was awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians, where he had served as Governor and Regent. He was President on the American College of Gastroenterology and subsequently was awarded Mastership.

Since 2003, he has served as Professor and Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division of the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Jubilee Medal, Charles University of Prague, Citation: "for Academic Achievement and for Service to Charles University and the Czech Republic on the occasion of the 650th anniversary of the founding of the University. 1998
Mastership, American College of Physicians American College of Physicians-- lifetime achievement award 1993
Founders Award, Association Of Program Directors In Internal Medicine-for contributions as a leader, innovator and educator in the area of Internal Medicine training & lifetime service dedicated to the achievement of excellence in medicine". 1993
Mastership, American College of Gastroenterology American College of Gastroenterology, (lifetime achievement award) 1991
Who's Who in America, Marquis's Who's Who 1984 - 2007
International Who's Who and Best Doctors In America Marquis's Who's Who 1982 - 2004
Sigma Xi, 1960 Mayo Foundation, National scientific honorary society, elected to membership 1960
Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society 1956

Recent Journal Articles

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Farmer, RG. "The Clinical Evolution of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 1960-2010: An Eyewitness Account". The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2010; 105: 1922-1924.
2005 Jul
Greenberg HM, Galyavich AS, Ziganshina LE, Tinchurina MR, Chamidullin AG, Farmer RG. "Identification and management of patients with hypertension in the polyclinic system of the Russian Federation." American journal of hypertension. 2005 Jul; 18(7):943-8.
2003 Nov
Farmer RG, Sirotkin AY, Ziganshina LE, Greenberg HM. "The Russian health care system today: can American-Russian CME programs help?" Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine. 2003 Nov; 70(11):937-8, 941-2, 944.
2002 Jan
Greenberg HM, Farmer RG. "Global health assistance: a new perspective." Annals of noninvasive electrocardiology : the official journal of the International Society for Holter and Noninvasive Electrocardiology, Inc. 2002 Jan; 7(1):73-7.
Sloane HI, Burger, EJ, Jr., Farmer RG. "Making Friends and Saving Lives." World Policy Journal 2002. 2002; 18(2): 45-50. Link

Current Appointments

Professor Emeritus - Department of Medicine, Gastroenterology/Hepatology (SMD) - Primary


Gastroenterology - American Board of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine


MS | Med-Gastroenterology | Univ Minnesota1960
MD | Medicine | Univ of Maryland Sch Medicine1956
Pre-Medical | Indiana University1952
Kokom High School1949

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Internship, Milwaukee County Hospital, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1956-1957 0
Fellowship in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota, 1957-1960 0