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
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Apr 1;39(7):556-63
Chaparro LE, Furlan AD, Deshpande A, Mailis-Gagnon A, Atlas S, Turk DC
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;11:CD003783
Mailis-Gagnon A, Furlan AD, Sandoval JA, Taylor RS
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Nov 15;38(24):2057-63
Marin TJ, Furlan AD, Bombardier C, van Tulder M, Editorial Board of the Cochrane Back Review Group
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;8:CD010712
Ammendolia C, Stuber KJ, Rok E, Rampersaud R, Kennedy CA, Pennick V, Steenstra IA, de Bruin LK, Furlan AD
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;8:CD004959
Chaparro LE, Furlan AD, Deshpande A, Mailis-Gagnon A, Atlas S, Turk DC
Pain Res Manag. 2013 Jul-Aug;18(4):177-84
Allen MJ, Asbridge MM, Macdougall PC, Furlan AD, Tugalev O
J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2012 Oct;16(4):424-55
Brosseau L, Wells GA, Poitras S, Tugwell P, Casimiro L, Novikov M, Loew L, Sredic D, Clément S, Gravelle A, Kresic D, Hua K, Lakic A, Ménard G, Sabourin S, Bolduc MA, Ratté I, McEwan J, Furlan AD, Gross A, Dagenais S, Dryden T, Muckenheim R, Côté R,...
Pain Manag. 2012 Sep;2(5):437-44
Ho CP, Furlan AD
J Opioid Manag. 2012 Jan-Feb;8(1):57-61
Furlan AD, Reardon R, Salach L

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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