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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

Contact information
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 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 Jul 2014, in press.

McKeowan A. Gewandter JS, McDermott MP, Pawlowski JR, Poli JJ, Rothstein D, Farrar JT, Gilron I, Katz NP, Lin AH, Rappaport BA, Rowbotham MC, Turk DC, Dworkin RH, Smith SM: Reporting of sample size calculations in analgesic clinical trials: ACTTION systematic review. J. Pain December 2014.

Sandhu SK, Halpern CH, Vakhshori V, Farrar JT, Lee JYK.: Brief Pain Inventory Facial - Minimal Clinically Important Difference. Journal of Neurosurgery October 2014 Notes: 1-11. Epub ahead of print.

Farrar JT: The placebo response. Journal of the peripheral nervous system: JPNS. J Peripher Nerv Syst. (Suppl 2), 520-2, October 2014.

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 155(8): 1622-31, Aug 2014.

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 11(3): 362-375, Mar 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.

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.

Chen LX, Mao JJ, Fernandes S, Galantino M, Guo W, Lariccia P, Teal VL, Bowman MA, Schumacher RH, Farrar JT: 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.

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Last updated: 04/02/2015
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