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Steven Farmer

Steven Farmer

Associate Director Office of Clinical Practice Innovation
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management (Secondary)

Office Phone: 202-741-2233
Department: Medicine


  • BA, Stanford University, 1994
  • PhD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom, 2000
  • MD, Yale University School of Medicine, 2003


Steven Farmer is Associate Professor of Medicine and of Public Health at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Farmer joined the faculty of the George Washington University in 2013. He also serves as Associate Director of the Office of Clinical Practice Innovation (OCPI). The OCPI is dedicated to promoting new health-related research initiatives, dissemination, and implementation of novel methods to organize and deliver medical care.


  • University of Pennsylvania, 2003 - 2006
Cardiology Fellowship:
  • University of Pennsylvania, 2003 - 2006


Dr. Farmer’s research addresses contemporary national health policy issues, particularly in relation to variability in medical decision making, health care organizational structure, payment reform, and the costs and outcomes of care. His innovative work incorporates broad multidisciplinary expertise from the fields of cardiology, epidemiology, economics, law, and health policy.

Recent research activities include:

  • Joint Effect of Malpractice Risk and Financial Incentives on Cardiac Testing
  • Development of a Conceptual Model of Heart Failure Hospital Readmissions
  • Variations in use of cardiovascular imaging for incident congestive heart failure

Community Service:

  • NCDR Pinnacle Research & Publications Subcommittee
  • Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Conference Program Committee


  • Noninvasive cardiology
  • General cardiology
  • Health Services Research
  • Health Policy



  • Cardiology


View publications by this faculty member from January 1, 2013 - present

Pines, JM, SA Farmer, JS Akman. “Innovation” Institutes in Academic Health Centers: Enhancing Value and Quality Through Leadership, Education and Engagement. Academic Medicine, 2014. Accepted.

Farmer, SA, J Lenzo, DJ Magid, JH Gurwitz, DH Smith, G Hsu, SH Sung, AS Go. Hospital-level variation in use of cardiovascular testing for adults with incident heart failure: Findings from the Cardiovascular Research Network PRESERVE Study. JACC Imaging, 2014. Accepted.

Rokos, IC, LH Schwamm, M Konig, M Harty, KB Horton, J Ranous, AG Ellrodt, SA Farmer, MR Frankel, TB Ferguson, DC Goff, L Hiratzka, and AK Jacobs. The Variable Impact of State Legislative Advocacy on Registry Participation and Regional System of Care Implementation. Circulation, 2013. 128(16): p. 1799-809.

Matlock, DD, PW Groeneveld, S Sidney, S Shetterly, G Goodrich, K Glenn, S Xu, L Yang, SA Farmer, K Reynolds, AE Cassidy-Bushrow, T Lieu, DM Boudreau, RT Greenlee, J Tom, S Vupputuri, KF Adams, DH Smith, MJ Gunter, AS Go, DJ Magid. Geographic Variation in Cardiovascular Procedure Use Among Medicare Fee-for-Service vs Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries. JAMA, 2013. 310(2): p. 155-62.

Farmer, SA, RO Bonow, BS Black. Tension Between Quality Measurement, Public Quality Reporting, and Pay-For-Performance. JAMA, 2013; 309(4): 349-50.

Farmer, SA, EJ Tuohy, DS Small, Y Wang, and PW Groeneveld. The impact of community wealth on utilization of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy with Defibrillator for heart failure patients. Circulation Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, 2012. 5(6): p. 798-807.

Additional publications published before January 1, 2013 may be available within Himmelfarb Library's database.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a significant financial interest with the healthcare related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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