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John T. Farrar, M.D., Ph.D.

John T. Farrar, M.D., Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Graduate Group Affiliations

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Room 816, Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: 215-898-5802
Fax: 215-573-5315
ScB. (Biology, Computer Science minor)
Brown University, 1976.
The University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1981.
M.S.C.E. (Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
The University of Pennsylvania, 2000.
Ph.D. (Graduate Group - Biostatistics and Epidemiology)
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2004.
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Description of Research Expertise

Research related to pain including the use of new pain medications, brain function in people with pain, complementary and alternative therapies, and new methodologies for understanding how patients report their pain in clinical trials. Current research includes ongoing studies of acupuncture for the treatment of pain in osteo-arthritis patients and chronic fatigue in cancer patients, brain imaging of patients with pain, and studies of cancer treatment related pain.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Focuses on all aspects of pain and symptom therapy in cancer patients as a member of the Symptom and Palliative Care Team and as a collaborator in the development of a multi-disciplinary program for the evaluation and treatment of patients with pain.

Selected Publications

Mao Jun J, Xie Sharon X, Farrar John T, Stricker Carrie T, Bowman Marjorie A, Bruner Deborah, DeMichele Angela: A randomised trial of electro-acupuncture for arthralgia related to aromatase inhibitor use. European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990) 50(2): 267-76, Jan 2014.

Speck Rebecca M, Bond Dale S, Sarwer David B, Farrar John T: A systematic review of musculoskeletal pain among bariatric surgery patients: implications for physical activity and exercise. Surgery for obesity and related diseases : official journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery 10(1): 161-70, Jan-Feb 2014.

Farrar John T: Measuring symptoms and wellness in the multiple sclerosis patient: issues in measurement. Expert review of neurotherapeutics 13(12 Suppl): 21-6, Dec 2013.

O'Connor Alec B, Turk Dennis C, Dworkin Robert H, Katz Nathaniel P, Colucci Robert, Haythornthwaite Jennifer A, Klein Michael, O'Brien Charles, Posner Kelly, Rappaport Bob A, Reisfield Gary, Adams Edgar H, Balster Robert L, Bigelow George E, Burke Laurie B, Comer Sandra D, Cone Edward, Cowan Penney, Denisco Richard A, Farrar John T, Foltin Richard W, Haddox J David, Hertz Sharon, Jay Gary W, Junor Roderick, Kopecky Ernest A, Leiderman Deborah B, McDermott Michael P, Palmer Pamela P, Raja Srinivasa N, Rauschkolb Christine, Rowbotham Michael C, Sampaio Cristina, Setnik Beatrice, Smith Shannon M, Sokolowska Marta, Stauffer Joseph W, Walsh Sharon L, Zacny James P: Abuse liability measures for use in analgesic clinical trials in patients with pain: IMMPACT recommendations. Pain 154(11): 2324-34, Nov 2013.

Chim Kannie, Xie Sharon X, Stricker Carrie T, Li Qing S, Gross Robert, Farrar John T, DeMichele Angela, Mao Jun J: Joint pain severity predicts premature discontinuation of aromatase inhibitors in breast cancer survivors. BMC cancer 13: 401, Sep 2013.

Speck Rebecca M, Sammel Mary D, Farrar John T, Hennessy Sean, Mao Jun J, Stineman Margaret G, DeMichele Angela: Impact of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy on treatment delivery in nonmetastatic breast cancer. Journal of oncology practice / American Society of Clinical Oncology 9(5): e234-40, Sep 2013.

Chen Lan X, Mao Jun J, Fernandes Shawn, Galantino Mary Lou, Guo Wensheng, Lariccia Patrick, Teal Valerie L, Bowman Marjorie A, Schumacher H Ralph, Farrar John T: Integrating acupuncture with exercise-based physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of clinical rheumatology : practical reports on rheumatic & musculoskeletal diseases 19(6): 308-16, Sep 2013.

Dworkin Robert H, Turk Dennis C, Peirce-Sandner Sarah, He Hua, McDermott Michael P, Farrar John T, Katz Nathaniel P, Lin Allison H, Rappaport Bob A, Rowbotham Michael C: Assay sensitivity and study features in neuropathic pain trials: an ACTTION meta-analysis. Neurology 81(1): 67-75, Jul 2013.

Witkin LR, Diskina D, Fernandes S, Farrar JT, Ashburn MA.: Usefulness of the opioid risk tool to predict aberrant drug-related behavior in patients receiving opioids for the treatment of chronic pain. Journal of Opioid Management 9(3): 177-87, May-Jun 2013.

Brown DC, Boston RC, Farrar JT.: Comparision of force plate analysis and owner assessment of pain using the canine brief pain inventory in dogs with osteoarthritis. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 27(1): 22-30, February 2013.

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