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James C. Farmer, MD

Spine Surgery

About Dr. Farmer


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.

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Please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out of network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthropedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


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


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 2013-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2014-2021
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2021


MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Dr. Farmer received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame University where he was also a member of the football team.


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

State Licensure



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Directions to The Pavilion

My office is located at The Pavilion, 541 East 71st St. The main entrance to The Pavilion is on the north side of 71st Street underneath the sky bridge that connects the main hospital to the Belaire Building.

Pavilion map Please see directions from other HSS locations:

  • From the Main Hospital (535 East 70th St):
    Enter the Hospital lobby and take the West elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn right and continue down the hallway and over the sky bridge. Once across the sky bridge, you will see a set of elevators on your left. Take the elevator to my office.
  • From the Belaire Building Main Entrance (525 East 71st St):
    Enter the Belaire lobby and take the front elevators to the 2nd Floor. Upon exiting the elevator, turn left and follow the hallway around until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.
  • From the Belaire Building 72nd Street Entrance (524 East 72nd St):
    Enter the Belaire building and walk down the stairs. Follow the hallway around, past the first set of elevators on your left. Continue down the hall and past the windows until you see another set of elevators on your right. Take the elevator to my office.
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Spine Care Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery

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For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of December 02, 2019, Dr. Farmer reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

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