Dr. Farmer is Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Management at George Washington University, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine and Business Strategy at Northwestern University, and Senior Advisor to Duke-Margolis. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in International Relations and an emphasis in international public health. He completed his PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a British Marshall Scholar and his MD at Yale University. After his pre-clinical years at Yale, he took a leave of absence to consult in business strategy, hospital operations, and venture capital. He returned to medicine to complete his residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is a non-invasive cardiologist, health services researcher, and health policy expert. His work addresses contemporary national health policy issues, particularly in relation to variability in medical decision making, the costs and outcomes of care, financial incentives, and payment reform. His innovative work incorporates broad multidisciplinary expertise from the fields of cardiology, epidemiology, economics, law, and health policy. Dr. Farmer has previously been funded by the British National Health Service, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the American College of Cardiology, and the Richard Merkin Foundation. He currently receives funding from the NHLBI, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.