James C. Farmer, MD

James C. Farmer, MD, specializes in the treatment of spinal conditions and orthopedic trauma. He is an Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Farmer’s clinical expertise involves care of patients with cervical, thoracic, and lumbar degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, skeletal dysplasia, spine regeneration, and spinal deformity surgery in both adults and children. His background in orthopedic trauma includes service at the Keesler Medical Center, Biloxi, Mississippi, one of the largest medical centers in the US Air Force, where he was Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chief, Spine Surgery. Inclusive of his work at HSS, Dr. Farmer maintains an academic appointment with the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, for which he is dedicated to providing surgical instruction for medical students seeking to become physicians who will care for those serving in all branches of the US military.

Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Farmer is a dedicated clinician and educator who is involved with numerous hospital committees at HSS, including the coordination of comprehensive surgical training programs for new physicians.


Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Orthropedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College



American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
American Orthopaedic Association
Cervical Spine Research Society
Jefferson Orthopaedic Society
North American Spine Society

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
NYS Empire Plan
United Healthcare
United Healthcare Compass

If your particular insurance plan is not listed, you may still have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage.


MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


McKay Laboratory of Orthopaedic Surgery Research, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


 Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

State Licensure

New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey

James C. Farmer, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

For Patients - on HSS.edu

For Professionals - on HSS.edu

Selected Publications


For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Dr. Farmer's Patient Portal

Dr. Farmer utilizes an online patient portal. Using secure technology, you can update your patient forms, access your records, review test results, request or change appointments, and request prescription refills. To use this option, please enter the patient portal.


Spine Care Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery

Dr. James Farmer, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Contact Information

Office Locations

East River Professional Building
523 East 72nd Street
3rd floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1591
Fax: 212.774.2909

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Patient Portal

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