Michael Farmer, MD, refers to his role as that of “helping people through genuineness and excellence.” He has been a pioneer in bringing new technologies to the Memphis community, and was the first Radiation Oncologist to perform Strut Adjusted Volume Implant (SAVI) in the Memphis area.
Titles and Roles
- Radiation Oncologist, West Cancer Center
- Assistant Professor, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Areas of Expertise
- Breast Cancer
Dr. Farmer is active in the oncology community. He participates as a clinical instructor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and plans to serve as the residency program director in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Farmer performed one of the first Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) treatments in the Memphis area – a surgery like invisible cancer treatment for selected diseases. He is an Alternate Counselor to the American College of Radiology, as well as a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Center Network: Cervical Cancer Screening Panel.
Dr. Farmer sees disease as a process affecting not only the body, but also the mind and spirit. The close relationship he develops with his patients and their families is the key aspect of the work that Dr. Farmer treasures. He is a lifelong learner who views the physician/patient exchanges as mutually beneficial.
Dr. Farmer and his wife enjoy family outings, including travel with his children. He has a passion for relief medical and educational work overseas.
Education and Training
Board certified in Radiation Oncology, Dr. Farmer is licensed to practice medicine in Tennessee and North Carolina. Dr. Farmer received his MD. from the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine after graduating Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University. He trained in Radiation Oncology at Wake Forest University, one of the top programs in the nation, and served as Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC.
- Who’s Who is Medical Practice, Memphis, TN, 2008
- Cutting Edge Physicians, Memphis Magazine, July 2008
- Virtual Brain Tumor Board, expert Radiation Oncologist, Methodist Hospital, Memphis, TN, 2008
- Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology, Wake Forest University, 2006
His research activities have focused largely on SAVI Brachytherapy for breast cancer, as well as positron emission tomography (PET). He has been involved with multiple research opportunities, with the ongoing projects being:
- The use of radiation therapy, radiosensitizers, chemotherapy, and brachytherapy for treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme
- Dose escalation of radiation for stage III non small cell lung cancer: Chemoradiation and the use of Stereotactic radiation therapy as a radiation boost
- Partial Breast Irradiation: Clinical Outcomes
- Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy: Clinical Outcomes
He has co-authored more than 10 abstracts and several papers, appearing in publications such as International Journal of Radiation Oncology, the International Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer, and a number of other journals.
To view Dr. Farmer’s recent publications, click here.