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

Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Member, University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
Director, Undergraduate Medical Education in Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Director, Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology Program, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Department: Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Contact information
Room 816, Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: 215-898-5802
Fax: 215-573-5315
Graduate Group Affiliations
Education:
ScB. (Biology, Computer Science minor)
Brown University, 1976.
M.D.
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.
Post-Graduate Training
Residency Program in Internal Medicine, Children's Hospital of San Francisco, CA, 1981-1983.
Residency Program in Neurology, The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY, 1984-1986.
Chief Resident in Neurology, The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY, 1986-1987.
Neuro-Oncology and Pain Fellow, Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 1987-1988.
Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1993-2000.
Certifications
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Recertified - 2006), 1995.
Subspecialty in Pain Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 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

Farrar JT, Troxel AB, Haynes K, Gilron I, Kerns RD, Katz PK, Rappaport BA, Rowbotham MC, Turk DC, Dworkin RH: The Effect of Variability in the 7 day Baseline Pain Diary on the Assay Sensitivity of Neuropathic Pain. Pain May 2014, in press.

Snyder PJ, Ellenberg SS, Cunningham GR, Matsumoto AM, Bhasin S, Barrett-Connor E, Gill TM, Farrar JT, Cella D, Rosen RC, Resnick SM, Swerdloff RS, Cauley JA, Cifelli D, Fluharty L, Pahor M, Ensrud KE, Lewis CE, Molitch ME, Crandall JP, Wang C, Budoff MJ, Wenger NK, Mohler ER 3rd, Bild DE, Cook NL, Keaveny TM, Kopperdahl DL, Lee D, Schwartz AV, Storer TW, Ershler WB, Roy CN, Raffel LJ: The Testosterone Trials: Seven coordinated trials of testosterone treatment in elderly men. Clin Trials Mar 2014, in press.

Rutka: Brief Pain Inventory Facial - Minimal Clinically Important Difference. Journal of Neurosurgery 2014, in press.

Mao J, Farrar JT, Bruner DW, Zee J, Bowman M, Seluzicki C, DeMichele A, Xie S: Electro-acupuncture for fatigue, sleep, and psychological distress in breast cancer patients with aromatase inhibitor-related arthralgia: A randomized trial. Cancer 2014, in press.

Jennifer S Gewandter, PhD; Robert H Dworkin; Dennis C Turk; Michael P McDermott; Ralf Baron; Marc R Gastonguay; Ian Gilron; Nathaniel P Katz; Cyrus Mehta; Srinivasa N Raja; Stephen Senn; Charles Taylor; Penney Cowan; Paul Desjardins; Rozalina Dimitrova; Raymond Dionne; John T Farrar; David J Hewitt; Smriti Iyengar; Gary W Jay; Eija Kalso; Robert D Kerns; Richeard L Leff; Michael Leong; Karin L Peterson; Bernard M Ravina; Christine Rauschkolb; Andrew S Rice; Michael C Rowbotham; Cristina Sampaio; Soren H Sindrup; Joseph W Stauffer; Ilona Steigerwald; Jonathan Stewart; Jeffrey Tobias; Rolf-Detlef Treede; Mark Wallace; Richard E White: Research designs for proof-of-concept chronic pain clinical trials: IMMPACT recommendations. Pain 2014, in press.

Chou R, Cruciani RA, Fiellin DA, Compton P, Farrar JT, Haigney MC, Inturrisi C, Knight JR, Otis-Green S, Marcus SM, Mehta D, Meyer MC, Portenoy R, Savage S, Strain E, Walsh S, Zeltzer L: Methadone safety: a clinical practice guideline from the American Pain Society and College on Problems of Drug Dependence, in collaboration with the Heart Rhythm Society. J Pain 4: 321-37, Apr 2014.

Mao JJ, Xie SX, Farrar JT, Stricker CT, Bowman MA, Bruner D, DeMichele A: 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 RM, Bond DS, Sarwer DB, Farrar JT: 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 J.T.: Measuring symptoms and wellness in the multiple sclerosis patient: issues in measurement. Expert review of neurotherapeutics 13(12 Suppl): 21-6, Dec 2013.

Chim K, Xie SX, Stricker CT, Li QS, Gross R, Farrar JT, DeMichele A, Mao JJ: Joint pain severity predicts premature discontinuation of aromatase inhibitors in breast cancer survivors. BMC cancer 13: 401, Sep 2013.

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