Dr. Andrea Furlan is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health and a co-ordinating editor of Cochrane Back and Neck, which is housed at the Institute. She is also a physician and senior scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and associate professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Physiatry at the University of Toronto.
Furlan completed her residency in physiatry at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. She obtained her PhD in clinical epidemiology from the University of Toronto. Her thesis focused on methods to search and analyze non-randomized studies of interventions for low-back pain. She completed a two-year clinical fellowship in physiatry at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Furlan is a current recipient of the Merit Award, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto (2017-2020) and a former recipient of a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (2012-2017).
Her main research interests include rehabilitation, chronic pain, low-back pain and neuropathic pain, with a methodological focus on systematic reviews and meta-analyses. She has over 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals, has written six book chapters and has been an invited speaker at many local, national and international conferences, and is frequently sought by the media for interviews.
"I spend about 80 per cent of my time as a researcher and 20 per cent as a clinician. The clinical work maintains the relevance of what I do, as well as credibility among my medical peers.” – Dr. Andrea Furlan