Jeffrey M. Farma, MD, FACS

Jeffrey Farma, MD, FACS

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111


Co-Director, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program

Chief, Division of General Surgery

Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology 

Program Director, Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship

TRDG Member, Colorectal and SI Cancer; Melanoma and Skin Cancer; Sarcoma and GIST Cancer

NCCN, Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Panel Member

Treatment Focus

Colorectal cancer, melanoma, sarcoma, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, isolated limb infusion for in-transit melanoma and extremity sarcomas.

Research Program

Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2020

Treatment Philosophy

It is an honor to be part of the staff of the Fox Chase Cancer Center. My initial exposure occurred during a rotation as a Temple University Medical School student at Fox Chase that led me down the path of Surgical Oncology. As a native Philadelphian, I am privileged to work at such an esteemed institution. I was enthralled then by the dedicated care of the staff in dealing with all aspects of treating patients diagnosed with cancer, and I hope to continue this throughout my career at Fox Chase.

I trained in general surgery at Temple University Hospital. During my fellowship at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, I learned from experts in the field of surgical oncology about clinical trial design, experimental therapeutics and the importance of bench-to-bedside research to progress the fight against cancer. I encountered patients with very complex problems, and the greatest lesson I learned was there are always treatment options, utilizing all different types of techniques including radiation, chemotherapy and surgery.

My clinical surgical oncology fellowship at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida has provided me with an extensive understanding of the multidisciplinary approach to treating patients with cancer. One of the greatest benefits of a cancer center like Fox Chase is the close knit group of expert physicians from all specialties that are constantly interacting and providing the highest level of care using the most innovative strategies to treat all aspects of cancer. I have developed a particularly strong interest in the surgical and multimodal treatment of patients with Melanoma, Sarcoma and Colorectal cancers, using traditional surgery, regional therapies, and minimally invasive techniques. I have the operative expertise to perform many of these complex procedures using laparoscopic, robotic, and TAMIS (transanal minimally invasive surgery) techniques and have had advanced training in using newest techniques.  I am an expert in the treatment of colorectal cancer including; sphincter sparing and nerve sparing resections, and treating patients with hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes.  

For melanoma and sarcoma that has regional spread in the extremities I offer a minimally invasive technique call Isolated Limb Infusion, and perform minimally invasive inguinal lymph node dissections.

Most importantly, I hold my patients as my number one priority. I will spend as much time as necessary educating, answering questions and providing guidance for each individual patient to help them throughout each stage of treatment. I believe in candid discussions, where both the patients and families goals and expectations are openly communicated. We will work together as a team to formulate a treatment plan. My personal goal is to treat and care for every patient with the same compassion and honesty as if they were a friend or family m ember.

Follow on Twitter: @jeffreyfarma

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, 2009
  • Administrative Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
  • Chief Resident, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2006
  • Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Surgery Branch, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 2005
  • Resident, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2003
  • MD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2000


  • American Board of Surgery


  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Panel
  • Academy of Master Surgeon Educators - Associate Member
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG)
  • American Radium Society
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Association of Academic Surgery - Candidate Member
  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS)
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
  • Metropolitan Philadelphia American College of Surgeons
  • Midwest Melanoma Partnership (MMP)
  • North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Philadelphia Academy of Surgery
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • Society of Surgical Oncology,  vice chair of the Complex General Surgical Oncology Program Directors Committee
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Society of University Surgeon
  • Surgical Biology Club III

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2018-20
  • 2020 AAS/Colombian Surgical Association International Visiting Professorship Award, 2019
  • Society of Surgical Oncology European Society of Surgical Oncology Observership, 2019
  • Castle Connelly national list of Top Doctors®, Regional Top Doctor 2014-17
  • Humanitarian Award, Melanoma Research Foundation, 2016
  • 2015 American College of Surgeons Traveling Fellowship to Germany, 2014
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society, Epsilon Chapter- Honorary Member, 2014
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center 2008 Fellow’ Education Research Symposium, Best Clinical Poster Presentation, 2008
  • Temple University Surgery Resident Research Symposium Award, 2007
  • H. Taylor Caswell Award, Department of Surgery Teaching Award  for outstanding Chief Surgical Resident, 2007
  • ASCO Foundation Merit Award, 2005
Patient Stories

Mary Anne Barlow

Colorectal Cancer

Mary Anne Barlow

Colorectal Cancer

After experiencing about six months of symptoms, Mary Anne Barlow was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2011 at the age of 55. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation at a local hospital, but was referred to Fox Chase Cancer Center for surgery, which turned out to be complex. After an abnormal Pap smear 18 months later, in the spring of 2013, Mary Anne returned to Fox Chase for surgery, this time undergoing a hysterectomy. "In 2016, I celebrated the five-year mark since my cancer diagnosis," she said. "I still go back to Fox Chase twice a year to see Dr. Farma and Dr. Bergman, and when I go there, everyone is so kind and special. They all know me. I am very grateful for Dr. Farma. The dedication he offers patients goes above and beyond what a doctor does. I truly do not have enough words to thank him."

William Purner


William Purner


I was 25 in 2009 when I noticed a large half-dollar-size mole on my back, something I knew had not been there before. I am fair skinned and burn easily in the sun, so I have never been a sunbather or tanner. I generally take precautions when I’m out in the sun, so when this mole appeared, I knew I should see my doctor.

Joe Weiss


Joe Weiss


I was 66 years old in 2009 when I noticed that a dime-sized mole on my back was beginning to change. My local doctor took a biopsy and diagnosed stage 5 melanoma. The diagnosis came as a shock, but also made sense; I had been a beach lover all my life and had not worried much about exposure to the sun during my childhood summers at the Jersey shore.

Janet Meyer

Colorectal Cancer

Janet Meyer

Colorectal Cancer

In 2014, I had my five-year CT scan and follow-up visit with Jeffrey Farma, MD, FACS,  my surgical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr. Farma actually used the words ‘cured’ and ‘cancer free’ to describe my health at that visit. It was a wonderful feeling to be that far out from my initial diagnosis of stage 2-B colon cancer.

Annamaria Schoppe


Annamaria Schoppe


“From the beginning, Fox Chase was the best place for me. I have never met more caring and devoted doctors. I’ve been through a lot and I must say it’s because of Dr. Farma that I am able to enjoy this wonderful life I have been given."


Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

  • Melanoma: Molecular profiling, outcomes research, clinical trials, immunotherapy
  • Colorectal: Molecular and imaging profiling for rectal cancer, outcomes research, clinical trials, quality of life
  • Sarcoma

Selected Publications

Miura JT, Kroon HM, Beasley GM, Mullen D, Farrow NE, Mosca PJ, Lowe MC, Farley CR, Kim Y, Naqvi SMH, Potdar A, Daou H, Sun J, Farma JM, Henderson MA, Speakman D, Serpell J, Delman KA, Mark Smithers B, Coventry BJ, Tyler DS, Thompson JF, Zager JS. Long-Term Oncologic Outcomes After Isolated Limb Infusion for Locoregionally Metastatic Melanoma: An International Multicenter Analysis. Annals of surgical oncology, 2019. PubMed

Moten AS, Movva S, von Mehren M, Wu H, Esnaola NF, Reddy SS, Farma JM. Granular cell tumor experience at a comprehensive cancer center. J Surg Res, 226:1-7, 2018. PubMed

Goel N, Manstein SM, Ward WH, DeMora L, Smaldone MC, Farma JM, Uzzo RG, Esnaola NF. Does the Surgical Apgar Score predict serious complications after elective major cancer surgery? Journal of Surgical Research, 231:242-7, 2018. 

Jakub JW, Terando AM, Sarnaik A, Ariyan CE, Faries MB, Zani S Jr, Neuman HB, Wasif N, Farma JM, Averbrook BJ, Bilimoria KY, Jake Allred JB, Suman VJ, Grotz TE, Zendejas B, Wayne JD, Tyler DS. Training High-Volume Melanoma Surgeons to Perform a Novel Minimally Invasive Inguinal Lymphadenectomy: Report of a Prospective Multi-Institutional Trial. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. November 2015.

Schatz TP, Nassif MO, Farma JM. Extensive portal venous gas: Unlikely etiology and outcome. Int J Surg Case Rep. December 2014.

Yeo H, Niland J, Milne D, ter Veer A, Bekail-Saab T, Farma JM,  Lai L,  Skibber JM,  Small W Jr,  Wilkinson N, Schrag D, Weiser MR, Incidence of minimally invasive colorectal cancer surgery at national comprehensive cancer network centers. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. December 2014.

Singla S, Papavasiliou P, Powers B, Gaughan J, von Mehren M, Watson JC, Farma JM. Challenges in Treatment of Angiosarcoma: A Single Institution Experience. The American Journal of Surgery. April 2014.

Johnson ME, Zhu F, Li T, Wu H, Galloway TJ, Farma JM,. Perlis C Turaka A,. Absolute Lymphocyte Count: a Potential Prognostic Factor for Merkel Cell Carcinoma.  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. March 2014.

Yeo H, Niland J, Milne D, Veer AT, Bekaii-Saab T, Farma JM, Lai L, Skibber J, Small W, Wilkenson N, Schrag D, Weiser M. Incidence of Minimally Invasive Colorectal Cancer Surgery at National Comprehensive Cancer Network Centers. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Accepted for publication. January 2014.

Keller D, Thomay AA, Gaughan J, Wu H, Farma JM. Outcomes in Patients with Mucosal Melanomas. Journal of Surgical Oncology. October 2013.

Chen KT, Papavasiliou P, Edwards K, Zhu F, Perlis C, Wu H, Turaka A, Berger A, Farma JM. A better prognosis for merkel cell carcinoma of unknown primary origin. American Journal of Surgery. July 2013.

Arrangoiz R, Papavasiliou P, Siripuapu V, Li T, Watson JC, Hoffman JP, Farma JM, Partial stomach-partitioning gastrojejunostomy as an alternative for palliation in patients with malignant gastric or duodenal outlet obstruction. American Journal of Surgery. May 2013.

Nitzkorski, James, Willis, A, Farma JM, Zhu F, Nick D, Sigurdson, E. Association of race and socioeconomic status and outcomes with patients with rectal cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. January 2013.

Chen KT, Olszanski A, Farma JM. Donor transmission of melanoma following renal transplant. Case Reports in Transplantation. November 2012.

Farma JM, Zager JS, Barnica-elvir V, Puleo CA, Marzban SS, Rollison DE, Messina JL, Sondak VK. A collision of diseases: chronic lymphocytic leukemia discovered during lymph node biopsy for melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. November 2012.

Additional Publications

Dr. Jeffery Farma on PubMed



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  • 5.0
    June 25, 2020
    very good
  • 5.0
    June 18, 2020
    my visit to Fox Chase with Dr Farma what's like a well-oiled machine. he had things set up for me that made it go easy and smoothly. I truly appreciate him and his staff.
  • 5.0
    June 05, 2020
    Took care of my problem in an excellent manner
  • 5.0
    May 26, 2020
    All good.
  • 5.0
    April 30, 2020
    It was my first experience with telemedicine and it was great! Dr. Farma was both professional and friendly, and answered all my questions as he does during every visit. Love Dr. Farma. He's the best!!!
  • 5.0
    April 19, 2020
    A very good exper.
  • 5.0
    April 10, 2020
  • 5.0
    March 18, 2020
    Thank God for Dr. Farma.
  • 5.0
    March 07, 2020
    A++++++++ all around Dr.Farma saved my life
  • 5.0
    February 25, 2020
    As usual I had a very good experience.
  • 3.5
    February 22, 2020
    Good experience.
  • 5.0
    February 17, 2020
    best experience for a very difficult and scary time in my life! all staff, from the top to the bottom was first class! Not to mention the skills of Dr.Farma, and Dr [...]. Had almost zero pain after a major surgery! [...]
  • 5.0
    February 13, 2020
    This was my first experience at Fox Chase as a patient and not a visitor... From pre op to post op everything was handled appropriately and I will be forever grateful for the care I received. Dr. Farma and the entire staff were excellent, professional, and went above and beyond to make sure my physical and emotional needs were met.
  • 5.0
    February 04, 2020
    Love Dr. Farma. The Best
  • 5.0
    January 30, 2020
    Dr. Farma is outstanding. Timely, extremely competent and wonderfully personable.
  • 5.0
    January 19, 2020
    Dr Farma and his staff are the very best!
  • 5.0
    January 13, 2020
    Good experience.
  • 5.0
    December 21, 2019
    Dr. Farma and all staff members have always given me wonderful care. Thank God for Fox Chase, you saved my life.
  • 5.0
    December 04, 2019
    My first choice for serious health issues. Care and follow-up is the very best.
  • 5.0
    December 04, 2019
    Great Doctor!!!! and staft!!!
Cancer Care During COVID-19

Cancer Care Turned Upside Down, by Jeffrey Farma MD, FACS, in the blog of the Association for Academic Surgery.
June 5, 2020

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