NEWS | May 21, 2020

Diana Farmer receives APSNA’s Champion Award

(SACRAMENTO)

Diana Farmer, chair of surgery at UC Davis Health and surgeon-in chief of UC Davis Children’s Hospital, has received the Champion Award by the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association (APSNA).

From left to right, Karen Semkiw, Diana Farmer and Robyn Huey Lao with the Champion Award. From left to right, Karen Semkiw, Diana Farmer and Robyn Huey Lao with the Champion Award.

The purpose of the award is to honor an individual who supports and promotes APSNA members in their pursuit of the organization’s strategic vision. Their vision is to be the leading authority for the nursing care of pediatric surgical patients.

“There is no greater honor for a surgeon than to be honored by her nursing colleagues, particularly in pediatric surgery,” Farmer said. “We work hand in hand with our specialty pediatric surgery nurse practitioners, and I am deeply touched and humbled by this honor.”

Farmer was nominated by her UC Davis Health colleagues Karen Semkiw, the children’s surgery program manager, and Robyn Huey Lao, pediatric surgery outpatient nurse practitioner.

Farmer is a world-renowned pediatric and fetal surgeon, recognized worldwide as a leader in innovative surgical techniques and for her spirit of collaboration and advocacy. She is especially known for her skilled surgical treatment of birth defects. Her research focuses on the safety and effectiveness of treating spina bifida before birth.

Founded in 1992, the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association shapes pediatric surgical nursing through advocacy, collaboration, mentorship and leadership.