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). 2009 Aug 15;34(18):1929-41
Furlan AD, Pennick V, Bombardier C, van Tulder M, Editorial Board, Cochrane Back Review Group
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2009;10:88
van Raaij TM, Reijman M, Furlan AD, Verhaar JA
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Jul 15;34(16):1669-84
Furlan AD, Imamura M, Dryden T, Irvin E
Spine J. 2009 Jun;9(6):509-17
Rabinovitch DL, Peliowski A, Furlan AD
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008;(4):CD001929
Furlan AD, Imamura M, Dryden T, Irvin E
J Rehabil Med. 2008 Jul;40(7):582-8
Targino RA, Imamura M, Kaziyama HH, Souza LP, Hsing WT, Furlan AD, Imamura ST, Azevedo Neto RS
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2008 Feb 1;33(3):339-48
Furlan AD, Tomlinson G, Jadad AA, Bombardier C
BMJ. 2008 Feb 23;336(7641):429-31
Martimo KP, Verbeek J, Karppinen J, Furlan AD, Takala EP, Kuijer PP, Jauhiainen M, Viikari-Juntura E

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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