Dr. Farris, a native Oklahoman, obtained his undergraduate and Medical degree from the University of Oklahoma. He completed a year of Neurology residency in Oklahoma City, as well as his Ophthalmology residency at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute. After completing a year of Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship at the University of Miami and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, he returned to the University of Oklahoma and Dean A. McGee Eye Institute in 1986. He presently serves as Professor of Ophthalmology, and Adjunct Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery at the University of Oklahoma. He has a wife and three sons.
Dr. Farris has published 25 peer-reviewed articles, published a book in Neuro-Ophthalmology, contributed a number of chapters in textbooks as well as authored numerous Audio-Digest Tapes. He has delivered well over 200 invited lectures, locally, nationally, and internationally. He has an interest in teaching ethics both locally and nationally. For the past decade, he has led a team annually from Dean McGee Eye Institute to develop a new residency-training program in China. He most recently has done the same in Africa. He is a member of many professional societies in Medicine, including those within his field of Neuro-Ophthalmology. He is the past president of the Christian Ophthalmology Society, and serves on the editorial review board of four national journals. He has been recognized both locally and nationally for his combination of clinical and surgical expertise, as well as ability and desire to teach. He was named University of Oklahoma Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2011.