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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A Secondary Analysis to Identify Patient-Centered Outcomes in the ACR’s Appropriateness Criteria
Thompson M., Hardy V., Zigman Suchsland M., Devine B., Kurth D., Chou R., Haines G., Jarvik J.
Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2019 Dec:1645-1655

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms are Associated with Incident Chronic Back Pain: A Longitudinal Twin Study of Older Male Veterans
Suri P., Boyko E., Smith N., Jarvik J., Jarvik G., Williams F., Williams R., Haselkorn J., Goldberg J.
Spine. 2019 Sep:1220-1227

Lumbar spinal stenosis severity by CT or MRI does not predict response to epidural corticosteroid versus lidocaine injections
Perez F., Quinet S., Jarvik J., Nguyen Q., Aghayev E., Jitjai D., Hwang W., Jarvik E., Nedeljkovic S., Avins A., Schwalb J., Diehn F., Standaert C., Nerenz D., Annaswamy T., Bauer Z., Haynor D., Heagerty P., Friedly J.
American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2019 Jan:908-915

Measuring and reporting of vertebral endplate bone marrow lesions as seen on MRI (Modic changes): recommendations from the ISSLS Degenerative Spinal Phenotypes Group
Fields A., Battié M., Herzog R., Jarvik J., Krug R., Link T., Lotz J., O’Neill C., Sharma A.
European Spine Journal. 2019 Jan

Associations of race and ethnicity with patient-reported outcomes and health care utilization among older adults initiating a new episode of care for back pain
Milani C., Rundell S., Jarvik J., Friedly J., Heagerty P., Avins A., Nerenz D., Gold L., Turner J., Annaswamy T., Nedeljkovic S., Suri P.
Spine. 2018 Jul:1007-1017

Systemic effects of epidural steroid injections for spinal stenosis
Friedly J., Comstock B., Heagerty P., Bauer Z., Rothman M., Suri P., Hansen R., Avins A., Nedeljkovic S., Nerenz D., Akuthota V., Jarvik J.
Pain. 2018 May:876-883

Trends in vertebral augmentation for spinal fractures in myeloma patients: A 2002-2012 population-based study using a large national cancer registry
Chokshi F., Howard D., Jarvik J., Duszak R.
Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery. 2018 Feb:183-190

Long-term outcomes of a large, prospective observational cohort of older adults with back pain
Jarvik J., Gold L., Tan K., Friedly J., Nedeljkovic S., Comstock B., Deyo R., Turner J., Bresnahan B., Rundell S., James K., Nerenz D., Avins A., Bauer Z., Kessler L., Heagerty P.
Spine Journal. 2018 Jan

Associations of Early Opioid Use with Patient-reported Outcomes and Health Care Utilization among Older Adults with Low Back Pain
Gold L., Hansen R., Avins A., Bauer Z., Comstock B., Deyo R., Heagerty P., Rundell S., Suri P., Turner J., Jarvik J.
Clinical Journal of Pain. 2018 Jan:297-305

Impact of an Advanced Imaging Utilization Review Program on Downstream Health Care Utilization and Costs for Low Back Pain
Graves J., Fulton-Kehoe D., Jarvik J., Franklin G.
Medical Care. 2018 Jan:520-528