Dr. Michael Farmer
As Head of the Department of Family Practice at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, Dr. Farmer is leading a department of 133 members, and ensuring a high standard of care from his entire department.
Dr. Michael Farmer obtained his MD degree at the University of British Columbia in 1988 and after six months as a resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology, found his niche in Family Practice, with a high-volume maternity care practice. He has been on Active Staff in the Department of Family Practice since 1990 and has done well over 2500 deliveries in that time. In fact, he has now delivered six second-generation babies!
As a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Farmer is very involved in resident training for the Family Practice and Obstetrics programs. He also teaches Obstetrics to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate medical students, as well as midwifery and nursing students.
In addition to his administrative roles at BCWH, Dr. Farmer manages a busy clinical practice and shares in on-call services with the Family Practice Maternity Service as well as providing on call services to BC Women’s Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program (YPPP), BC Women’s Perinatal Addiction Service (PAS) and BC Women’s Doctor of the Day (DOD) service.
Now that his two children are grown and away at university he has more time to spend with his volunteer medical work. Dr. Farmer was working in Haiti within days of the massive earthquake happening and in October will once again be travelling with 40 other volunteer doctors and nurses to work in Guatemala with Health for Humanity.
Dr. Farmer is a food and wine connoisseur and his passion is travelling. This year he and his partner visited their 78th country, and next on the list are India and Sri Lanka.