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John T. Farrar, MD Physician

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

Dr. Farrar is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Pain Management

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurology, 1995
  • Pain Medicine, 2004

Clinical Expertise:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Facial Nerve Pain (Neuralgia)
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Fibromyalgia (Fibrositis)
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Migraine
  • Musculocutaneous Neuropathy
  • Neuropathy
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Persistent Pain After Orthopedic Surgery
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiation Injuries
  • Radiculopathy
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Spinal Stenosis

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

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

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 American College of Epidemiology, National American Pain Society, National American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, National Apkarian 14-025-E "Corticostriatal Plasticity in the Transition to Chronic Pain: Effect of L-dopa", National Aptinyx Incorporated, National Daiichi Sankyo Incorporated, National Effect of COMT Genetic Polymorphisms on Response to Propranolol Therapy in Temporomandibular Disorder (SOPPRANO), 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 Investigation and Modulation of the Mu-Opioid, National National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 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 NIH Special Emphasis Panel, National Institutes of Health, ZDE1 CF-(02), National Pfizer, National Philadelphia Pain Society, Local Resiniferatoxin to Treat Severe Pain Associated with Advanced Cancer, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Safety and Effectiveness of Live Zoster Vaccine in Anti-TNF Users (The VERVE Trial), National The American Academy of Neurology, National Vertex Pharmaceuticals 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:

Gewandter JS, McDermott MP, He H, Gao S, Cai X, Farrar JT, Katz NP Markman JD, Senn S, Turk DC, Dworkin RH: Demonstrating heterogeneity of treatment effects among patients: an overlooked but important step toward precision medicine. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics : 2019.

Kudel I, Hopps M, Cappelleri JC, Sadosky A, King-Concialdi K, Liebert R, Parsons B, Hlavacek P, Alexander AH, DiBonaventura MD, Markman JD, Farrar JT, Stacey BR: Characteristics of patients with neuropathic pain syndromes screened by the painDETECT questionnaire and diagnosed by physician exam. Journal of Pain Research 12 : 255-268,2019.

Hersh EV, Secreto S, Wang S, Giannakopoulos H, Mousavian M, Lesavoy B, Hutcheson MC, Farrar JT, Wang P, Doyle G, Cooper SA: A Proof-of-Concept Study Using Quantitative Sensory Threshold Analysis to Compare 2 Intraoral Topical Anesthetics. Clinical Therapeutics : 2019.

Hwang J, Koo GK, De Palm SE, Sigafus K, Farrar JT, Clapp JT, Lane-Fall MB, Nazarian SM: Inpatient Pain Medication Administration: Understanding the Process and Its Delays. The Journal of Surgical Research 232 : 49-55,2018.

Mao JJ, Farrar JT: Acupuncture for Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Joint Pain Among Breast Cancer Patients. JAMA 4 (320): 2269-2270,2018.

Forsmark CE, Andersen DK, Farrar JT, Golden M, Habtezion A, Husain SZ, Li L, Mayerle J, Pandol SJ, Uc A, Zhu Z, Yadav D: Accelerating the Drug Delivery Pipeline for Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis: Summary of the Working Group on Drug Development and Trials in Chronic Pancreatitis at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Workshop. Pancreas 47 (10): 2018.

Patel KV, Allen R, Burke L, Farrar JT, Gewandter JS, Gilron I, Katz NP, Markman JD, Marshall SF, Resnick M, Rice ASC, Rowbotham MC, Smith SM, Vanhove GF, Wasan AD, Zhang S, Dworkin RH, Turk DC: Evaluation of composite responder outcomes of pain intensity and physical function in neuropathic pain clinical trials: an ACTTION individual patient data analysis. Pain 159 (11): 2018.

Bhasin S, Ellenberg SS, Storer TW, Basaria S, Pahor M, Stephens-Shields AJ, Cauley JA, Ensrud KE, Farrar JT, Cella D, Matsumoto AM, Cunningham GR, Swerdloff RS, Wang C, Lewis CE, Molitch ME, Barrett-Connor E, Crandall JP, Hou X, Preston P, Cifelli D, Snyder PJ, Gill TM.: Effect of testosterone replacement on measures of mobility in older men with mobility limitation and low testosterone concentrations: secondary analyses of the Testosterone Trials. Teh Lancet, Diabetes & Endocrinology 6 (11): 879-890,2018.

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 : 2018.

Smith SM, Jensen MP, He H, Kitt R, Koch J, Pan A, Burke LB, Farrar JT, McDermott MP, Turk DC, Dworkin RH: A Comparison of the Assay Sensitivity of Average and Worst Pain Intensity in Pharmacologic Trials: An ACTTION Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The Journal of Pain: Official Journal of The American Pain Society 19 (9): 953-960,2018.

Academic Contact Info

Room 816, Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive

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

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