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 (via Semantic Scholar)

The Lumbar Stenosis Prognostic Subgroups for Personalizing Care and Treatment (PROSPECTS) study: protocol for an inception cohort study
S. Rundell, Ayumi Saito, E. N. Meier, et al. - Published 2022 - BMC MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS

Estimating individualized treatment effects using a risk-modeling approach: an application to epidural steroid injections for lumbar spinal stenosis.
Pinyan Liu, Yitao Wu, Ziyu Xiao, et al. - Published 2022 - PAIN

Reliability and validity of subjective radiologist reporting of temporal changes in lumbar spine MRI findings.
M. Hancock, Chris Maher, J. Jarvik, et al. - Published 2021 - PM & R : THE JOURNAL OF INJURY, FUNCTION, AND REHABILITATION

A Comparison of Natural Language Processing Methods for the Classification of Lumbar Spine Imaging Findings Related to Lower Back Pain.
Chethan Jujjavarapu, V. Pejaver, T. Cohen, et al. - Published 2021 - ACADEMIC RADIOLOGY

Beyond the AJR: Lack of Association Between Radiographic Changes and Back Pain Related Disability in the Chingford 1000 Study.
N. Cross, J. Jarvik - Published 2021 - AJR. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY

Consumer understanding of terms used in imaging reports requested for low back pain: a cross-sectional survey
C. Farmer, D. O'Connor, Hopin Lee, et al. - Published 2021 - BMJ OPEN

A Continuously Benchmarked and Crowdsourced Challenge for Rapid Development and Evaluation of Models to Predict COVID-19 Diagnosis and Hospitalization
Yao Yan, T. Schaffter, T. Bergquist, et al. - Published 2021 - JAMA NETWORK OPEN

Model organisms contribute to diagnosis and discovery in the undiagnosed diseases network: current state and a future vision
D. Baldridge, M. Wangler, Angela N. Bowman, et al. - Published 2021 - ORPHANET JOURNAL OF RARE DISEASES

Antibiotic treatment for low back pain or radicular pain, or both
Chang Liu, C. Abdel Shaheed, L. C. BrĂ¥ten, et al. - Published 2021 - COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS

Providing Epidemiologic Data in Lumbar Spine Imaging Reports Did Not Affect Subsequent Utilization of Spine Procedures: Secondary Outcomes from a Stepped-Wedge Randomized Controlled Trial.
P. Suri, E. N. Meier, L. Gold, et al. - Published 2021 - PAIN MEDICINE