Deborah E. Farr, M.D., is a surgical oncologist who specializes in the surgical treatment of breast cancer. 

Dr. Farr earned her medical degree at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed a surgery residency at Southern Illinois University and a breast surgical oncology fellowship at Northwestern University’s Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, with honors, from Northwestern University.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2015.

Her accolades include membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society; nomination to the Association for Women Surgeons Excellence in Surgery Residency; and the Southern Illinois University Department of Surgery’s Excellence in Teaching Award for four years in a row.

Dr. Farr’s research interests include surgical resident education and disparities among different populations of breast cancer patients. She has published several scholarly articles.

She is a member of professional organizations that include the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the Association of Women Surgeons.


Medical School
Michigan State University (2008)
Southern Illinois University (2014), Surgery
Northwestern University (2015), Surgical Oncology