Dr. Andrea Furlan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Staff Physician and Senior Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She is also a Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Furlan has extensive experience in reviewing the scientific literature for the Cochrane Collaboration and for clinical practice guidelines. She received a CIHR New Investigator Award, and her research focus is on treatments of chronic pain including medications, complementary and alternative therapies, and rehabilitation. She was the team leader for the development of the Canadian Opioid Guideline, and is now involved with Guideline's National Faculty in the dissemination and implementation of the guideline across Canada. She developed the Opioid Manager™, a point-of-care tool for physicians prescribing opioids to help manage chronic pain, which is available in many EMR platforms and as an App for iPad/iPhone. She is the author of the My Opioid Manager, a book and App for patients using opioids for chronic pain. Dr. Furlan is a co-Chair of Echo Ontario for Pain and Opioid Stewardship.
  • chronic pain
  • low-back pain
  • neuropathic pain
CMAJ. 2015 Dec 22;
Furlan AD, Murphy L
J Pain Res. 2015;8:851-7
Murphy L, Ng KW, Su VCh, Woodworth-Giroux S, Levy TS, Sproule BA, Furlan AD
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Sep 1;9:CD001929
Furlan AD, Giraldo M, Baskwill A, Irvin E, Imamura M
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Jul 22;
Furlan AD, Malmivaara A, Chou R, Maher CG, Deyo RA, Schoene M, Bronfort G, van Tulder MW, from the Editorial Board of the Cochrane Back and Neck Group
J Occup Rehabil. 2015 Jul 8;
Steenstra IA, Franche RL, Furlan AD, Amick B, Hogg-Johnson S
Pain. 2015 Jan 28;
Moore RA, Wiffen PJ, Eccleston C, Derry S, Baron R, Bell RF, Furlan AD, Gilron I, Haroutounian S, Katz NP, Lipman AG, Morley S, Peloso PM, Quessy SN, Seers K, Strassels SA, Straube S
Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;209:15-22
Dubin RE, Flannery J, Taenzer P, Smith A, Smith K, Fabico R, Zhao J, Cameron L, Chmelnitsky D, Williams R, Carlin L, Sidrak H, Arora S, Furlan AD
J Occup Rehabil. 2014 Aug 28;
Steenstra IA, Busse JW, Tolusso D, Davilmar A, Lee H, Furlan AD, Amick B, Hogg-Johnson S
J Opioid Manag. 2014 May-Jun;10(3):187-99
Robertson A, Hitzig SL, Furlan AD
J Rehabil Med. 2014 Jun 25;46(7):616-9
Doshi JK, Furlan AD, Lopes LC, DeLisa J, Battistella LR



Associate Professor, Division of Physiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Associate Member, Institute of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Scientist, Institute for Work & Health