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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, Philadelphia, PA
Attending Staff, Penn Pain Medicine Center, Department of Anesthesia, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA
Clinical Associate, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Co-Director, Biostatistics Analysis Center, Biostatistical and Epidemiology Consulting Center, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Co-Director, Biostatistics Analysis Center/Biostatistical and Epidemiology Consulting Center, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, (2004-Interim Director) Philadelphia, PA
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

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Room 816, Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: 215-898-5802
Fax: 215-573-5315
Graduate Group Affiliations
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.
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.
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

Massey SL, Shou H, Clancy R, DiGiovine M, Fitzgerald MP, Fung FW, Farrar JT, Abend NS: Interrater and Intrarater Agreement in Neonatal Electroencephalogram Background Scoring. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology Oct 2018 Notes: doi: 10.1097/WNP.0000000000000534. Epub ahead of print.

Bao T, Seidman A, Li Q, Seluzicki C, Blinder V, Meghani SH, Farrar JT, Mao JJ: Living with chronic pain: perceptions of breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 169(1), May 2018 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s10549-018-4670-9. Epub 2018 Jan 19.

Robson JC, Dawson J, Cronholm PF, Milman N, Kellom KS, Ashdown S, Easley E, Farrar JT, Gebhart D, Lanier G, McAlear CA, Peck J, Luqmani RA, Shea JA, Tomasson G, Merkel PA: Health-related quality of life in ANCA-associated vasculitis and item generation for a disease-specific patient-reported outcome measure. Patient Related Outcome Measures 9: 17-34, Jan 2018 Notes: doi: 10.2147/PROM.S144992. eCollection 2018.

Giuffrida MA, Farrar JT, Brown DC.: Psychometric properties of the Canine Symptom Assessment Scale, a multidimensional owner-reported questionnaire instrument for assessment of physical symptoms in dogs with solid tumors. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 251(12): 1405-1414, Dec 2017.

DiBonaventura MD, Sadosky A, Concialdi K, Hopps M, Kudel I, Parsons B, Cappelleri JC, Hlavacek P, Alexander AH, Stacey BR, Markman JD, Farrar JT: The prevalence of probable neuropathic pain in the US: results from a multimodal general-population health survey. Journal of Pain Research 10(2525-2538), Nov 2017.

Robson JC, Tomasson G, Milman N, Ashdown S, Boonen A, Casey GC, Cronholm PF, Cuthbertson D, Dawson J, Direskeneli H, Easley E, Kermani TA, Farrar JT, Gebhart D, Lanier G, Luqmani RA, Mahr A, McAlear CA, Peck J, Shea B, Shea JA, Sreih AG, Tugwell PS, Merkel PA: OMERACT Endorsement of Patient-reported Outcome Instruments in Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody-associated Vasculitis. The Journal of Rheumatology 44(10), Oct 2017.

Wang S, Giannakopoulos H, Lowstetter J, Kaye L, Lee C, Secreto S, Ho V, Hutcheson MC, Farrar JT, Wang P, Doyle G, Cooper SA, Hersh EV: Lack of Methemoglobin Elevations After Topical Applications of Benzocaine Alone or Benzocaine Plus Tetracaine to the Oral Mucosa. Clinical Therapeutics 39(10): 2103-210, Oct 2017.

Roy CN, Snyder PJ, Stephens-Shields AJ, Artz AS, Bhasin S, Cohen HJ, Farrar JT, Gill TM, Zeldow B, Cella D, Barrett-Connor E, Cauley JA, Crandall JP, Cunningham GR, Ensrud KE, Lewis CE, Matsumoto AM, Molitch ME, Pahor M, Swerdloff RS, Cifelli D, Hou X, Resnick SM, Walston JD, Anton S, Basaria S, Diem SJ, Wang C, Schrier SL, Ellenberg SS: Association of Testosterone Levels With Anemia in Older Men: A Controlled Clinical Trial. JAMA Internal Medicine 177(7): 480-490, April 2017.

Lee I, Garland SN, DeMichele A, Farrar JT, Im EO, Mao JJ: A cross-sectional survey of pain catastrophising and acupuncture use among breast cancer survivors. Acupuncture in Medicine 35(1): 38-43, Mar 2017.

Lai HH, Jemielita T, Sutcliffe S, Bradley CS, Naliboff B, Williams DA, Gereau RW 4th, Kreder K, Clemens JQ, Rodriguez LV, Krieger JN, Farrar JT, Robinson N, Landis JR; MAPP Research Network: Characterization of Whole Body Pain in Urological Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome at Baseline: A MAPP Research Network Study. The Journal of Urology Mar 2017 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2017.03.132. [Epub ahead of print]

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