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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 a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Programs & Centers:

  • Cancer
    • Symptom Management Program

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
  • 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
  • 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

American College of Epidemiology, National American Pain Society, National American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 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 International Association for the Study of Pain, International International Society for Pharmaco-Epidemiology, International 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 Pfizer, National Philadelphia Pain Society, Local The American Academy of Neurology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Farrar is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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:

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 157 (9): 1836-50,2016.

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.

Cunningham GR, Stephens-Shields AJ, Rosen RC, Wang C, Bhasin S, Matsumoto AM, Parsons JK, Gill TM, Molitch ME, Farrar JT, Cella D, Barrett-Connor E, Cauley JA, Cifelli D, Crandall JP, Ensrud KE, Gallagher L, Zeldow B, Lewis CE, Pahor M, Swerdloff RS, Hou X, Anton S, Basaria S, Diem SJ, Tabatabaie V, Ellenberg SS, Snyder PJ: Testosterone Treatment and Sexual Function in Older Men With Low Testosterone Levels The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 101 (8): 3096-104,2016.

Snyder PJ, Ellenberg SS, Farrar JT: Testosterone Treatment in Older Men The New England Journal of Medicine 375 (1): 90,2016.

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 : 2016.

Smith SM, Amtmann D, Askew RL, Gewandter JS, Hunsinger M, Jensen MP, McDermott MP, Patel KV, Williams M, Bacci ED, Burke LB, Chambers CT, Cooper SA, Cowan P, Desjardins P, Etropolski M, Farrar JT, Gilron I, Huang IZ, Katz M, Kerns RD, Kopecky EA, Rappaport BA, Resnick M, Strand V, Vanhove GF, Veasley C, Versavel M, Wasan AD, Turk DC, Dworkin RH: Pain intensity rating training: results from an exploratory study of the ACTTION PROTECCT system Pain 157 (5): 1056-64,2016.

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 : 2016.

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 25 (4): 811-21,2016.

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 72 : 56-65,2016.

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 : 1-6,2016.

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-PENN (7366)

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