Farhan Tahir MD, FACR, ABIHM

Farhan Tahir MD, FACR
Farhan Tahir MD, FACR, ABIHM


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Rheumatology
    Rheumatology Fellowship, 2007 – 2009
  • NYU Downtown Hospital, New York, NY
    Internal Medicine Residency, 2004 – 2007
  • Rawalpindi Medical College, Punjab University, Pakistan
    Graduate/Medical Education, 1993 – 1999
  • Fauji Foundation College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
    Undergraduate School, 1991 – 1993

Certification And Licensure

  • America Board of Integrative & Holistic Medicine (May 2013 – May 2020)
  • American Board of Rheumatology (Oct 2009 – Dec 2019)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Aug 2007 – Dec 2017)
  • Pennsylvania State Medical License (Mar 2009 – Dec 2016)
  • New Jersey State Medical License (Jun 2013)

Professional Experience

  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
    Philadelphia, PA – Sep 2015 – Present
    Inpatient Pain Management Service
    • Serve as heading inpatient pain management service and supervise physician assistant.
    • Improved overall Press Ganey patient satisfaction scores.
    • Provide coverage for outpatient pain team with overflow and urgent consultation requests.
    • Spearhead cross-functional efforts to develop treatment plans and ensure continuity of care.
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
    Philadelphia, PA – Sep 2015 – Present
    Oncology Immediate Care and Quality of Life Physician
    • Serve as the leading physician for Oncology Immediate Care Center addressing acute needs of patients.
    • Assess and diagnose diverse range of medical or surgical issues.
    • Triage patients with any acute needs, provide appropriate diagnostic testing, administer treatment and coordinate with multiple clinics to arrange same day procedure or interventions and appropriate follow up.
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
    Philadelphia, PA – Sep 2015 – Present
    Hospital Medicine, Rheumatology and Pain Management
    • Provide inpatient care of an average 8-10 complicated medical and surgical patients.
    • Manage multidisciplinary rounds with care manger pharmacists and oncology rehab teams to improve delivery of care and reduce errors.
    • Foster vigorous collaboration with multiple specialists including oncologists and interventional radiologists to provide culturally relevant high quality care for the patients with multi organ metastatic cancer and complications.
    • Achieved Medicare’s five-star hospital award based on new scale in 2015.
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
    Philadelphia, PA – Oct 2013 – Present
    Bone Health, Onco-Immunology, Rheumatology and Balance Medicine: Leading Physician
    • Provide full-cycle outpatient and inpatient consultations to cancer patients with osteoporosis and immunotherapy reactions.
    • osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia in cancer population.

    • Serve as the Director of Balance Health Initiative in collaboration with rehab department of the hospital.
  • Rheumatology Care Consultants
    Blue Bell, PA & Yardley, PA Dec 2013 – Jun 2015
    • Founded Pennsylvania’s first integrative rheumatology practice, incorporating evidence based integrative treatment to reduce inflammation and autoimmunity.
    • Collaborated with functional medicine society and Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine to offer holistic approach as by board certified integrative medicine certified physician.
    • Implemented functional medicine testing along with cutting edge biologic and naturopathic treatments.
    • Attained over hundreds of 5 stars on patient satisfaction reviews.
  • Abington Health, Lansdale Hospital
    Lansdale, PA Jul 2012 – Deс 2013
    Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine
    • Provided acute inpatient medical care and consultations for surgical and orthopedic services.
    • Focused on evidence-based medical care in a community hospital setting.
    • Covered intensive care unit fostering cross-group collaboration with pulmonary medicine department.
    • Provided consultation for surgical and orthopedic prep evaluations and post-surgical management.
  • Rheumatic Disease Associates, Ltd
    Willow Grove, PA Jul 2009 – Jun 2012
    • Joined a well-established single specialty rheumatology clinic.
    • Actively participated in protocol development to improve delivery of reliable and prompt rheumatologic consultation in outpatient and inpatient setting in two well recognized local hospitals including Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington and Doylestown hospital.
    • Performed musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound guided injections to improve accuracy and effectiveness of injection therapy.
    • Coached patients in prevention of autoimmunity and arthritis through lifestyle changes.
    • Presented several community lectures and volunteered at annual Arthritis Foundation seminars.

Post-graduate Training

  • NYU Downtown Hospital, New York, NY
    Internal Medicine Residency
    Dates: Jul 2004 – Jun 2007
  • University of Michigan, Fellowship, Ann Arbor, Michigan Rheumatology
    Rheumatology Fellowship
    Dates: Jul 2007 – Jun 2009
  • Abrar Surgery Center, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
    Internal Medicine –Medical Officer
    Dates: Sep 2000 – Jun 2004
  • Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan
    House Officer Dermatology
    Dates: Feb 2000 – Aug 2000
  • Fauji Foundation Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
    House Officer Surgery
    Dates: Jul 1999 – Dec 1999

Academic / Teaching Positions

  • Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA | Rheumatology Teaching Faculty Jul 2009 – Jun 2012

Post Graduate Research Experience

  • Epigenetics of male lupus, a prospective study investigating, if men with lupus have greater genetic risk and lower DNA methylation levels compared to women with lupus. PI: Bruce Richardson, M.D. Division of Rheumatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Sinus bradycardia, a clinical feature of cardiac disease in neonatal lupus. PI: Jill Buyon M.D. Department of Rheumatology, Hospital for Joint diseases, NYU New York, NY.
  • Review of literature related to spinal involvement in Gout.M. Pillinger M.D. Department of Rheumatology; Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU.
  • Outcomes of aggressive insulin therapy in the hospitalized patients. PI: Mark Joy. M.D.
  • Department of Internal Medicine, NYU Downtown Hospital.

Publication / Presentations / Community Education

  • Several educational community lectures in the Montgomery and Bucks County, PA.
  • Speaker for Arthritis Foundation, Abington Memorial Hospital and Doylestown Hospital, PA; 2009- Present.
  • Medical versus surgical management of spinal tophaceous gout and avoiding unnecessary operative procedure. Tahir F, MD. Pillinger M, MD, presented at the fifth annual department of medicine research day at NYU Medical Center, New York; Medical Society of the State of New York,Resident and Fellow Section Research Poster Symposium.
  • A study to assess the Implementation of drug sales rules in Rawalpindi, Pakistan 1998.

Academic Awards / Honors

  • Abington Health Lansdale Hospital | Excellence in Action Award – 2013
  • Rawalpindi Medical College | Best Graduate of the Year Award – 1994
  • Fauji Foundation College | Outstanding Student Award – 1993
  • Fauji Foundation College | Chief Prefect – 1992

Professional Organizations Membership

  • Member of American College of Physicians.
  • Member of American College of Rheumatology.
  • Member of Pennsylvania Medical Society.
  • Member of Pennsylvania Rheumatology Society.
  • Member of Institute of Functional Medicine.

Professional Profile

A triple board certified well trained and highly experienced integrative minded physician,aiming to provide patient-centered care and deliver health and wellbeing in a compassionate way. Champion cost effective and evidence based principles for sustainability of the national health system. Highly motivated and reliable team member and leader of medical community who has been awarded countless times by patients and colleagues honoring the efforts to sacred oath as a physician. Have solid interpersonal and communications skills, translate complex medical data into easy-to-understand language while adhering to information accuracy and completeness, and effectively educate patients and families. Apply functional medicine based integrative diagnostic approach and provide lifestyle medicine oriented and nutritional coaching for chronic disease and autoimmunity to help improve lives of every patient and provide wellbeing for a lifetime.