Jeffrey Jarvik, MD, MPH

Jeffrey Jarvik, MD, MPH

  • Professor, Neuroradiology
Phone: (206) 744-3561


Professor of Radiology and Neurological Surgery

Adjunct Professor, Health Services, Pharmacy and Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Director, Radiology Health Service Research Section

Director, Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center


Dr. Jarvik is Professor of Radiology and Neurological Surgery as well as adjunct Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Health Services in the School of Public Health, and Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy. He also serves as Director of the Radiology Health Services Research Section as well as the Comparative Effectiveness, Cost and Outcomes Research Center (CECORC). He has a combination of training in diagnostic Neuroradiology as well as in clinical study design/health services research, having obtained his MPH from the University of Washington in Health Services while a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Dr. Jarvik is a former recipient of the GE-AUR Radiology Research Academic Fellowship (GERRAF), a career development award. Dr. Jarvik is an internationally recognized expert in MR imaging of the spine as well as in the field of outcomes research as it relates to radiology. He has written numerous articles on the relationship of MR findings with clinical outcome. Dr. Jarvik was the senior author of the randomized controlled trial, Investigational Vertebroplasty Safety and Efficacy Trial (INVEST) published in the New England Journal of Medicine. He was the PI and lead author on a comparative effectiveness evaluation of carpal tunnel surgery published in The Lancet and senior author of a study investigating the treatment of spinal stenosis in the elderly published in JAMA. Dr. Jarvik is an investigator of the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory for whom he leads a pragmatic cluster randomized trial focused on patients with low back pain.

Selected Publications:

1.     Jarvik JG. Fundamentals of Clinical Research for Radiologists: The Research Framework. American Journal of Roentgenology 176:873-878, 2001.  PMID:  11264069

2.     Jarvik JG, Hollingworth W, Martin BI, Emerson SS, Gray DT, Overman, S, Robinson D, Staiger T, Wessbecher F, Sullivan SD, Kreuter W, Deyo RA.  The Seattle Lumbar Imaging Project: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Rapid MR vs. Radiographs for Patients with Low Back Pain.  JAMA; 289(21):2810-18, 2003.  PMID:  12783911

3.  Jarvik JG, Hollingworth W, Heagerty P, Haynor, D, Boyko, E, Deyo RA.  3-Year Incidence of Low Back Pain in an Initially Asymptomatic Cohort: Clinical and Imaging Risk Factors. Spine. Jul;30(13):1541-8, 2005.  PMID:  15990670

4.  Kallmes DF, Comstock BA, Heagerty PJ, Turner JA, Wilson, DJ, Diamond TH, Edwards R, Gray LA, Stout L, Owen S, Hollingworth W, Ghdoke B, Annesley-Williams DJ, Langston A, Ralston SH, Jarvik JG. A Randomized Trial of Vertebroplasty for Osteoporotic Spine Fractures. New Engl J Med Aug; 361 (6): 569-579, 2009.  PMID:  19657122

5.  Jarvik JG, Comstock BA, Kliot M, Turner JA, Chan L, Heagerty PJ, Hollingworth W, Kerrigan CL, Deyo RA. Surgery versus non-surgical therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomised parallel-group trial. Lancet; 374: 1074-1081, 2009.  PMID:  19782873

6.  Deyo RA, Mirza SK, Martin BI, Kreuter W, Goodman DC, Jarvik JG. Trends, Major Medical Complications, and Charges Associated with Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in Older Adults. JAMA Apr; 303(13):1259-1265, 2010.  PMID:  20371784

7.  Deyo RA, Mirza SK, Martin BI, Ching A, Jarvik JG, Matsen L, Angier H.  Use of Bone Morphologic Proteins in Spinal Fusion Surgery for Older Adults with Lumbar Stenosis: Trends, Complications, Repeat Surgery, and Charges.  Spine. 2011.  PMID:  21494195

8.  Deyo RA, Martin, BI, Krueter W, Jarvik JG, Angier H, Mirza SK,.  Revision Surgery Following Operations for Lumbar Stenosis.  Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 93:1979-1986, 2011.  PMID:  22048092

9.     Jarvik JG, Comstock BA, Bresnahan BW, Nedeljkovic SS, Nerenz DR, Bauer A, Avins AL, James K, Turner, JA, Heagerty P, Kessler L, Friedly JL, Sullivan SD, Deyo RA.  Study Protocol:  The Back pain Outcomes using Longitudinal Data (BOLD) Registry.  BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders,13(1):64; 2012.  PMID:  22554166

10.  Friedly JL, Bresnahan BW, Comstock B, Turner JA, Deyo RA, Sullivan SD, Heagerty P, Bauer Z, Nedeljkovic SS, Avins AL, Nerenz D, Jarvik JG.  Study Protocol – Lumbar Epidural Sterioid Injections for Spinal Stenosis (LESS):  a double-blind randomized controlled trial of epidural steroid injections for lumbar spinal stenosis among older adults.  BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders Mar 29 2012:13:48.  PMID 22458343

11.     McCullough BJ, Johnson GR, Martin BI, Jarvik JG, Lumbar Imaging and Reporting Epidemiology (LIRE) Study: Does Epidemiological Data in Reports Affect Clinical Management Radiology 262(3):941-946, 2012.  PMID:  22357893

12.     Graves JM, Fulton-Kehoe D, Jarvik JG, Franklin GM, Early Imaging for Acute Low Back Pain:  One-year Health and Disability Outcomes Among Washington State Workers.  Spine, Aug. 15, 2012; 37(18):1617-1627.  PMID:  22415000

13.     Roudsari B, Psoter KJ, Fine GC, Jarvik JG.  Falls, Older Adults and the Trend in Utilization of CT in a Level I Trauma Center.  American Journal of Roentgenology, May 2012; 198(5):985-991.  PMID:  22528886

14.     Deyo RA, Martin BI, Ching A, Tosteson ANA, Jarvik JG, Kreuter W, Mirza SK. Interspinous Spacers Compared to Decompression or Fusion for Lumbar Stenosis: Complications and Repeat Operations in the Medicare Population. Spine, Jan 15 2013 (Epub ahead of print)  PMID:  23324936

15.     McCullough BJ, Comstock B, Deyo RA, Kreuter W, Jarvik JG. Major Medical Outcomes with Spinal Augmentation vs. Conservative Therapy. JAMA Internal Medicine, July 8, 2013 (Epub ahead of print); 173(16):1-8  PMID:  pending