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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
Attending Staff, Penn Pain Medicine Center, Department of Anesthesia, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia PA
Clinical Associate, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania
Co-Director, Biostatistics Analysis Center, Biostatistical and Epidemiology Consulting Center, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director, Undergraduate Medical Education in Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Deputy Director, Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology Program, University of Pennsylvania Perelman 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

Umscheid CA, Maenner MJ, Mull N, Veesenmeyer AF, Farrar JT, Goldfarb S, Morrison G, Albanese MA, Frohna JG, Feldstein DA: Using educational prescriptions to teach medical students evidence-based medicine. Medical Teacher [Epub ahead of print], April 2016.

Taylor AM, Phillips K, Patel KV, Turk DC, Dworkin RH, Beaton D, Clauw DJ, Gignac M, Markman JD, Williams DA, Bujanover S, Burke LB, Carr DB, Choy EH, Conaghan PG, Cowan P, Farrar JT, Freeman R, Gewandter J, Gilron I, Goli V, Gover TD, Haddox JD, Kerns RD, Kopecky EA, Lee DA, Malamut R, Mease P, Rappaport BA, Simon LS, Singh JA, Smith SM, Strand V, Tugwell P, Vanhove GF, Veasley C, Walco GA, Wasan AD, Witter J: Assessment of physical function and participation in chronic pain clinical trials: IMMPACT/OMERACT recommendations. Pain [Epub ahead of print], April 2016.

Mao JJ, Bowman MA, Xie SX, Bruner D, DeMichele A, Farrar JT.: Electroacupuncture Versus Gabapentin for Hot Flashes Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology November 2015.

Dworkin JD, McKeown A, Farrar JT, Gilron I, Hunsinger M, Kerns RD, McDermott MP, Rappaport BA, Turk DC, Dworkin RH, Gewandter JS: Deficiencies in reporting of statistical methodology in recent randomized trials of nonpharmacologic pain treatments: ACTTION systematic review. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology November 2015.

Robson JC, Milman N, Tomasson G, Dawson J, Cronholm PF, Kellom K, Shea J, Ashdown S, Boers M, Boonen A, Casey GC, Farrar JT, Gebhart D, Krischer J, Lanier G, McAlear CA, Peck J, Sreih AG, Tugwell PS, Luqmani RA, Merkel PA.: Exploration, Development, and Validation of Patient-reported Outcomes in Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-associated Vasculitis Using the OMERACT Process. Journal of Rheumatology November 2015.

Segerdahl AR, Mezue M, Okell TW, Farrar JT, Tracey I: Corrigendum: The dorsal posterior insula subserves a fundamental role in human pain. Nature Neuroscience November 2015.

Markman JD, Gewandter JS, Frazer ME, Pittman C, Cai X, Patel KV, Jahromi BS, Dworkin RH, Burke LB, Farrar JT.: Evaluation of outcome measures for neurogenic claudication: A patient-centered approach. Neurology 85(14): 1250-6, October 2015.

Rosen RC, Stephens-Shields AJ, Cunningham GR, Cifelli D, Cella D, Farrar JT, Barrett-Connor E5, Lewis CE6, Pahor M, Hou X, Snyder P: Comparison of interactive voice response (IVR) with paper administration of instruments to assess functional status, sexual function, and quality of life in elderly men. Quality of Life Research [Epub ahead of print], September 2015.

Bačkonja MM, Farrar JT: Are Pain Ratings Irrelevant? Pain Medicine 16(7): 1247-1250, July 2015.

Farrar JT: Problem with defining headache etiology using patient symptomatology. Pain July 2015.

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