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
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
Spine J. 2008 Jan-Feb;8(1):160-72
Ammendolia C, Furlan AD, Imamura M, Irvin E, van Tulder M
Spine J. 2008 Jan-Feb;8(1):121-33
Imamura M, Furlan AD, Dryden T, Irvin E
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007;(3):CD005958
Martimo KP, Verbeek J, Karppinen J, Furlan AD, Kuijer PP, Viikari-Juntura E, Takala EP, Jauhiainen M
Pain. 2007 Jul;130(1-2):1-3
Furlan AD, Sjölund BH
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2007 Apr 20;32(9):E281-9
Guzman J, Jones D, Cassidy JD, Furlan AD, Loisel P, Frank JW
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2007 Apr 1;32(7):807-15
Guzman J, Hayden J, Furlan AD, Cassidy JD, Loisel P, Flannery J, Gibson J, Frank JW
J Clin Epidemiol. 2006 Dec;59(12):1303-11
Furlan AD, Irvin E, Bombardier C
CMAJ. 2006 May 23;174(11):1589-94
Furlan AD, Sandoval JA, Mailis-Gagnon A, Tunks E



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