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Richard G. Farmer, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-4711

Fax: (585) 276-0101

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Professional Background


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.



| Kokom High School

| Indiana University

MD | Univ of Maryland Sch Medicine

MS | Univ Minnesota

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/1957 - 09/01/1960
Residency in Gastroenterology at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine-Mayo Foundation

09/01/1956 - 06/30/1957
Internship in Internal Medicine at Milwaukee County General Hospital


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.

Mastership, American College of Physicians American College of Physicians-- lifetime achievement award

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".

Mastership, American College of Gastroenterology American College of Gastroenterology, (lifetime achievement award)

1984 - 2007
Who's Who in America, Marquis's Who's Who

1982 - 2004
International Who's Who and Best Doctors In America Marquis's Who's Who

Sigma Xi, 1960 Mayo Foundation, National scientific honorary society, elected to membership

Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society

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Journal Articles

Farmer, RG. "The Clinical Evolution of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 1960-2010: An Eyewitness Account". The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2010; 105: 1922-1924.

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 0; 18(7):943-8.

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 0; 70(11):937-8, 941-2, 944.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Changes in Prognosis for Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.
Book Title: Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Author List: Farmer RG.
Edited By: P. Rutgeerts, JF Colombel, SB Hanauer et al.
Published By: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999

Chapter Title: Medical Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Book Title: Current Clinical Topics in Gastrointestinal Pharmacology.
Author List: Farmer RG.
Edited By: Editors, JH Lewis, A. Dubois
Published By: Blackwell 1997

Chapter Title: Ulcerative colitis: clinical features
Book Title: Bockus Gastroenterology.
Author List: Farmer RG.
Edited By: Haubrich, Schaffner, Berk
Published By: W. B. Saunders. 1995