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John T. Farrar, MD

John T. Farrar, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor of Neurology

Dr. Farrar is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Anesthesiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurology, 1995

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.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine
Residency: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Memberships

A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Adaptive Design Study Evaluating The Analgesic Efficacy and Safety of Intravenous CR845 In Patients Undergoing Abdominal Surgery. Cara Therapeutics, Inc., National Abbott Labortories, Incorporated, National Adolor Corporation, National American College of Epidemiology, National American Pain Society, National American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, National Anesta Corporation, National Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC) Meeting FDA , National Corticostriatal Plasticity in the Transition to Chronic Pain: Effect of L-dopa, National Dannemiller Foundation , National Effect of COMT Genetic Polymorphisms on Response to Propranolol Therapy in Temporomandibular Disorder (SOPPRANO), National Endo Pharmaceuticals, National Faulding Pharmaceuticals, National Food and Drug Administration, Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Board, National Indian Clinical Epidemiology Network, International Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment on Clinical Trials (IMMPACT) , National Institute of Medicine Committee, Report on Relief of Pain in America, National International Association for the Study of Pain, International International Society for Pharmaco-Epidemiology, International Joint Meeting of the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee – FDA, Abuse Deterrent Opioid , National National Academy of Science Panel, Handling Missing Data in Clinical Trials., National National Institutes of Health NAME Scientific Review Committee, National National Institutes of Health NCCAM CERC Scientific Review Committee, National National Institutes of Health NIDCR ZDE1 VH22 Ad Hoc Scientific Review Committee for R34 and U01s, National NIH Special Emphasis Panel, National Institutes of Health - "Behavioral Interventions, Obesity and Chronic Pain", National Parke-Davis , National Pennsylvania Cancer Pain Initiative Steering Committee, Local Pfizer, Medical and Academic Partnership in Pain Management, National Pfizer, National Philadelphia Pain Society, Local Purdue Pharma, National Safety and Effectiveness of Live Zoster Vaccine in Anti-TNF Users (The VERVE Trial) , National The American Academy of Neurology, National UCB Pharma, Incorporated, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Farrar is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

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.

Selected Publications:

Smith SM, Dworkin RH, Turk DC, Baron R, Polydefkis M, Tracey I, Borsook D, Edwards RR, Harris RE, Wager TD, Arendt-Nielsen L, Burke LB, Carr DB, Chappell A, Farrar JT, Freeman R, Gilron I, Goli V, Haeussler J, Jensen T, Katz NP, Kent J, Kopecky EA, Lee DA, Maixner W, Markman JD, McArthur JC, McDermott MP, Parvathenani L, Raja SN, Rappaport BA, Rice ASC, Rowbotham MC, Tobias JK, Wasan AD, Witter J: The Potential Role of Sensory Testing, Skin Biopsy, and Functional Brain Imaging as Biomarkers in Chronic Pain Clinical Trials: IMMPACT Considerations. The Journal of Pain 18 (7): 757-777,2017.

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): 38-43,2017.

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 : 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 : 2017.

Resnick SM, Matsumoto AM, Stephens-Shields AJ, Ellenberg SS, Gill TM, Shumaker SA, Pleasants DD, Barrett-Connor E, Bhasin S, Cauley JA, Cella D, Crandall JP, Cunningham GR, Ensrud KE, Farrar JT, Lewis CE, Molitch ME, Pahor M, Swerdloff RS, Cifelli D, Anton S, Basaria S, Diem SJ, Wang C, Hou X, Snyder PJ: Testosterone Treatment and Cognitive Function in Older Men with Low Testosterone and Age-Associated Memory Impairment. JAMA Internal Medicine 317 (7): 717-727,2017.

Johnston JM, Wilson JM, Smith AL, Farrar JT, Kallan MJ, Veeder C: Using a Cageside Device for Testing Glycosylated Hemoglobin in Cynomolgus Macaques (Macaca fascicularis), Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Science 56 (1): 90-94,2017.

Stephens-Shields AJ, Clemens JQ, Jemielita T, Farrar J, Sutcliffe S, Hou X, Landis JR; MAPP Research Network: Symptom Variability and Early Symptom Regression in the MAPP Study, a Prospective Study of Urological Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome The Journal of Urology 196 (5): 1450-1455,2016.

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 38 (11): 1112-1117,2016.

Paice JA, Mulvey M, Bennett M, Dougherty PM, Farrar JT, Mantyh PW, Miaskowski C, Schmidt B, Smith TJ: AAPT Diagnostic Criteria for Chronic Cancer Pain Conditions. The Journal of Pain : 2016.

Neylan CJ, Damrauer SM, Kelz RR, Farrar JT, Dempsey DT, Lee MK 4th, Karakousis GC, Tewksbury CM, Pickett-Blakely OE, Williams NN1, Dumon KR: The role of body mass index class in cholecystectomy after acute cholecystitis: An American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program analysis Surgery 160 (3): 699-707,2016.

Academic Contact Info

Room 816, Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Phone: 215-898-5802
Fax: 215-573-5315
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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