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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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

Data sharing and embedded research
Simon G., Coronado G., Debar L., Dember L., Green B., Huang S., Jarvik J., Mor V., Ramsberg J., Septimus E., Staman K., Vazquez M., Vollmer W., Zatzick D., Hernandez A., Platt R.
Annals of Internal Medicine. 2017 Nov:668-670

The Promise and Pitfalls of Using Crowdsourcing in Research Prioritization for Back Pain: Cross-Sectional Surveys
Bartek M., Truitt A., Widmer-Rodriguez S., Tuia J., Bauer Z., Comstock B., Edwards T., Lawrence S., Monsell S., Patrick D., Jarvik J., Lavallee D.
Journal of medical Internet research. 2017 Oct:e341

Test-retest and interreader reproducibility of semiautomated atlas-based analysis of diffusion tensor imaging data in acute cervical spine trauma in adult patients
Peterson D., Rutman A., Hippe D., Jarvik J., Chokshi F., Reyes M., Bombardier C., Mossa-Basha M.
American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2017 Oct:2015-2020

Pragmatic clinical trials embedded in healthcare systems: Generalizable lessons from the NIH Collaboratory
Weinfurt K., Hernandez A., Coronado G., DeBar L., Dember L., Green B., Heagerty P., Huang S., James K., Jarvik J., Larson E., Mor V., Platt R., Rosenthal G., Septimus E., Simon G., Staman K., Sugarman J., Vazquez M., Zatzick D., Curtis L.
BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2017 Sep

Prospective comparison of changes in lumbar spine MRI findings over time between individuals with acute low back pain and controls: An exploratory study
Panagopoulos J., Magnussen J., Hush J., Maher C., Crites-Battie M., Jarvik J., Jensen T., Hancock M.
American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2017 Sep:1826-1832

Using Natural Language Processing of Free-Text Radiology Reports to Identify Type 1 Modic Endplate Changes
Huhdanpaa H., Tan W., Rundell S., Suri P., Chokshi F., Comstock B., Heagerty P., James K., Avins A., Nedeljkovic S., Nerenz D., Kallmes D., Luetmer P., Sherman K., Organ N., Griffith B., Langlotz C., Carrell D., Hassanpour S., Jarvik J.
Journal of Digital Imaging. 2017 Aug:1-7

Long-Term Effects of Repeated Injections of Local Anesthetic With or Without Corticosteroid for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Randomized Trial
Friedly J., Comstock B., Turner J., Heagerty P., Deyo R., Bauer Z., Avins A., Nedeljkovic S., Nerenz D., Shi X., Annaswamy T., Standaert C., Smuck M., Kennedy D., Akuthota V., Sibell D., Wasan A., Diehn F., Suri P., Rundell S., Kessler L., Chen A., Jarvik J.
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2017 Aug:1499-1507.e2

Conduct and reporting of a vertebroplasty trial warrants critical examination
Buchbinder R., Kallmes D., Jarvik J., Deyo R.
Evidence-Based Medicine. 2017 Jun:106-107

Lumbar Muscle Cross-Sectional Areas Do Not Predict Clinical Outcomes in Adults With Spinal Stenosis: A Longitudinal Study
Gellhorn A., Suri P., Rundell S., Olafsen N., Carlson M., Johnson S., Fry A., Annaswamy T., Gilligan C., Comstock B., Heagerty P., Friedly J., Jarvik J.
PM and R. 2017 Jun:545-555