Dr. Andrea Furlan

MD, Physiatry, University of São Paulo
PhD, Clinical Epidemiology, University of Toronto
Staff email
Staff extension
416-927-2027 ext. 2171

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 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 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 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, has written six book chapters and has been an invited speaker at many local, national and international conferences.

Photo of Andrea Furlan

"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


Carnide N, Hogg-Johnson S, Cote P, Irvin E, Van Eerd D, Koehoorn M, Furlan AD. Response: prescription opioid use and the risk of disability. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2018;34(2):190-191. doi:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000562.
Carnide N, Hogg-Johnson S, Cote P, Irvin E, Van Eerd D, Koehoorn M, Furlan AD. Early prescription opioid use for musculoskeletal disorders and work outcomes: a systematic review of the literature. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2017;33(7):647. doi:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000452.
Furlan AD, Williamson OD. New Canadian guidance on opioid use for chronic pain: necessary but not sufficient. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne. 2017;189(18):E650. doi:10.1503/cmaj.170431.
Kosny A, Lifshen M, Tonima S, Yanar B, Russell E, MacEachen E, Neis B, Koehoorn M, Beaton DE, Furlan AD, Cooper J. Role of health-care providers in the workers' compensation system and the return-to-work process: final report. Institute for Work & Health; 2016.


Interviews and articles

Marijuana in the workplace: What is unsafe?. The Conversation: The Conversation (Toronto, ON). January 22, 2018. Available from: https://theconversation.com/marijuana-in-the-workplace-what-is-unsafe-89142
Many questions need examining to establish effects of legalized cannabis on work safety. At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 90, Fall 2017.
Weed at work. OHS Canada: Annex Business Media (Toronto, ON). August 17, 2017. Available from: https://www.ohscanada.com/features/weed-at-work/