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Richard Farnam, MD

Urogynecology Specialist

Richard Farnam, MD is a devoted advocate of women’s health, El Paso community leader, and compassionate provider. He is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology). Dr. Farnam completed his residency training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and gained extensive experience in pelvic reconstructive surgery during his AAGL fellowship in New York. He became a member of the first class of board certified urogynecologists in 2013.

Dr. Farnam is one of the nation’s top robotic surgical educators. He established a Robotic Epicenter training facility in El Paso, Texas. Surgeons from around the world travel to observe his team’s surgical excellence program. Every year hundreds of physicians, and residents attend his speaking and training events and conferences. Dr. Farnam has performed Live Telesurgery viewed by thousands of participants during the 2014 AAGL Hysterectomy Summit. He developed products and invented devices used in the urogynecologic surgery marketplace. He has served as chairman and board member for AAGL committees. AAGL is the world’s largest gynecology organization. During his tenure, he helped produce national policy guidelines for robotic surgery. He has also sat on two of our local hospital governing boards. Dr. Farnam is very active on social media health education platforms, and enjoys traveling with his wife Nanda and their four children.

Dr. Farnam is Urogynecology director for El Paso’s community OBGYN residency program and clinical assistant professor at Texas Tech University and Burrell Collage of Medicine. He is one of the top benign GYN surgeons in America having performed over 2700 robotic surgeries. He is the world’s leading expert on robotic ureter visualization and is the principal investigator for the first human trials of IS-001 fluorescence dye. His patients travel from over thirty-eight states and many foreign countries for consultation and surgery. Dr. Farnam is a reviewer for the Journal of minimally invasive gynecology and the Journal of Urology. He has also published on robotics in multiple peer-reviewed journals. His accolades include being a twelve time ‘Patient’s Choice’ award winner and being chosen by his peers to the annual Super Doctors list for seven consecutive years.


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"I feel fortunate to be one of his patients & every time I share my experience, I realize that I am among a large group of women that are thankful for his care."


"I travel 4 hours to see him. He knows what's best for me and made me really comfortable about my surgery decisions."


"My previous physician said I needed an open abdominal surgery..I sought a second opinion with Dr. Farnam, who solved my issue with robotic surgery and a minimal recovery."


"I have referred three friends to him and they all have received the same wonderful experience as I have."


"Dr Farnam and his group today were angels first hand. Thank you so much!!! He made me feel like family."


"I appreciate the wonderful bedside manner and human touch that Dr. Farnam gives to his profession."


"He is without a single doubt the best doctor in Texas and perhaps the entire country for Gynocology and robotic surgery."


"During my follow-up visit, I was his last appointment and I had questions which he addressed without rushing me. He did so despite having lost his dog that morning."


"I live in Oklahoma and I have Endometriosis. I drove the 12 hours for my first appointment. I healed very quickly from the surgery."


"Dr. Richard Farnam did what would be unfeasible to other doctors by successfully removing my abnormally large uterus that weighed almost 900g."


"I have had about an 85% improvement. I no longer have to plan my activities around a bathroom. Through this, Dr. Farnam put me at ease with this embarrassing problem."


"Dr. Farnam and his entire staff as busy as they are took the time and effort to explain and answer any questions."


"The surgery was a breeze and I was home the same day. My recovery was the easiest I have ever had, and I had 3 c-sections! I was back to work in 2 1/2 weeks."


"When my family came in to see me post- op their comments were "you look great" my response was "I feel great". I was mobile and felt like I did not have surgery."


"I had a vaginal prolapse surgery with the Davinci robot. You don't have to have an abdominal incision, it is 2-3 small incisions and the recovery is fantastic."


"I am a GYN surgeon from the East Coast. I wanted the best surgeon. Dr. Farnam was hands down the perfect choice... You will never regret placing your health in his hands."