Radiology Personnel

Jeffrey Jarvik, M.D., M.P.H.

Director, Health Services Research Center


Dr. Jarvik is a neuroradiologist with specialized training in health services research, who has focused his research efforts on the imaging of low back pain and peripheral nerve disorders. He is a UW professor of radiology with a joint appointment in neurosurgery, an adjunct appointment in the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health, and an adjunct appoint in the Department of Pharmacy. Dr. Jarvik was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Washington and a General Electric-Association of University Radiologists Radiology Research Foundation (GERRAF) grant recipient. Shortly after joining the faculty, Dr. Jarvik received an R01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) with a percentile ranking of 1.1 to conduct a multi-center randomized trial to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a rapid magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method for patients with low back pain. The main results of this trial were published in JAMA in 2003. Since 2001 Dr. Jarvik has served as the associate director of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (MCRC) for Upper Extremity and Spine Disorders, a NIH-NIAMS funded center based at the Center for Cost and Outcomes Research (CCOR). He is the principal investigator of one of the center projects, a randomized controlled trial investigating surgical versus conservative treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. This trial is also examining the utility of high resolution MRI of the median nerve. Another outcomes project was the Back Pain Outcomes using Longitudinal Data project, a multisite project that is funded by the AHRQ for 3 years (9/10-9/13). Dr. Jarvik earned his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and graduated magna cum laude. He continued studying at UCSD and received his M.D. He did his internship at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in San Diego, California and his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he also did his fellowship in neuroradiology. He came to the University of Washington with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He did further training at the University of Washington and received his M.P.H.

Awards and Honors

Recent Publications

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Enhancing clinician and patient understanding of radiology reports: a scoping review of international guidelines
Farmer C.I., Bourne A.M., O’Connor D., Jarvik J.G., Buchbinder R.
Insights into Imaging. 2020 Dec

The Effect of Including Benchmark Prevalence Data of Common Imaging Findings in Spine Image Reports on Health Care Utilization Among Adults Undergoing Spine Imaging: A Stepped-Wedge Randomized Clinical Trial
Jarvik J.G., Meier E.N., James K.T., Gold L.S., Tan K.W., Kessler L.G., Suri P., Kallmes D.F., Cherkin D.C., Deyo R.A., Sherman K.J., Halabi S.S., Comstock B.A., Luetmer P.H., Avins A.L., Rundell S.D., Griffith B., Friedly J.L., Lavallee D.C., Stephens K.A., Turner J.A., Bresnahan B.W., Heagerty P.J.
JAMA network open. 2020 Sep:e2015713

Augmented Reality
O'Reilly M.K., Heagerty P.J., Gold L.S., Kallmes D.F., Jarvik J.G.
AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology. 2020 Aug:E67-E68

Qualitative study to explore radiologist and radiologic technologist perceptions of outcomes patients experience during imaging in the USA
Zigman Suchsland M., Cruz M.J., Hardy V., Jarvik J., McMillan G., Brittain A., Thompson M.
BMJ open. 2020 Jul:e033961

Assessment of Primary Care Clinician Concordance With Guidelines for Use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients With Nonspecific Low Back Pain in the Veterans Affairs Health System
Barnett P.G., Jacobs J.C., Jarvik J.G., Chou R., Boothroyd D., Lo J., Nevedal A.
JAMA network open. 2020 Jul:e2010343

Comparing three approaches for involving patients in research prioritization: A qualitative study of participant experiences
Lavallee D.C., Lawrence S.O., Avins A.L., Nerenz D.R., Edwards T.C., Patrick D.L., Bauer Z., Truitt A.R., Monsell S.E., Scott M.R., Jarvik J.G.
Research Involvement and Engagement. 2020 May

DicomAnnotator: a Configurable Open-Source Software Program for Efficient DICOM Image Annotation
Dong Q., Luo G., Haynor D., O’Reilly M., Linnau K., Yaniv Z., Jarvik J.G., Cross N.
Journal of Digital Imaging. 2020 Jan

Comparing the performance of comorbidity indices in predicting functional status, health-related quality of life, and total health care use in older adults with back pain
Rundell S.D., Resnik L., Heagerty P.J., Kumar A., Jarvik J.G.
Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 2020 Jan:143-148

Performance of the Functional Comorbidity Index (FCI) in Prognostic Models for Risk Adjustment in Patients With Back Pain
Rundell S.D., Resnik L., Heagerty P.J., Kumar A., Jarvik J.G.
PM and R. 2020 Jan

Observational Study of the Downstream Consequences of Inappropriate MRI of the Lumbar Spine
Jacobs J.C., Jarvik J.G., Chou R., Boothroyd D., Lo J., Nevedal A., Barnett P.G.
Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2020 Jan