Harrison W. Farber, MD

Professor, Medicine

(617) 638-4860
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)

Biography

Dr. Farber is considered an opinion leader and internationally recognized expert in the field of pulmonary hypertension. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and attends in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and on the Pulmonary Consultation Service at Boston Medical Center. He also oversees the care of all patients with Pulmonary Hypertension at Boston Medical Center.

Dr. Farber’s research focuses on endothelial cell biology, in particular, the response of the pulmonary vasculature to injury. He has extensive government and private funding and is an NIH-funded Principle Investigator on several grants. He is a member of several research groups both within the Pulmonary Center and in other divisions within the Department of Medicine: the Pulmonary Vascular Biology Group (Pulmonary Center); the Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease (Hematology), the Scleroderma Vascular Disease Group (Rheumatology) and Pulmonary Vascular/Left Ventricular Study Group (Cardiology). Dr. Farber’s laboratory is investigating the response of the pulmonary vasculature in different etiologies of pulmonary hypertension using genomic and proteomic approaches to identify unique molecules as potential targets for new therapies for pulmonary hypertension associated with sickle cell disease, with scleroderma, and with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction.

Dr. Farber’s team is developing a database and registry of sickle cell patients with pulmonary hypertension (see Dr. Elizabeth Klings’ faculty profile) as well as a database and registry of scleroderma patients with various forms of pulmonary disease including pulmonary hypertension. They are participating in numerous multi-center clinical trials of new therapies for pulmonary hypertension and have several single-site trials for novel proof of concept therapies for pulmonary hypertension.

Education

  • George Washington University, MD
  • Duke University, BS

Publications

  • Published on 1/31/2018

    Frantz RP, Farber HW, Badesch DB, Elliott CG, Frost AE, McGoon MD, Zhao C, Mink DR, Selej M, Benza RL. Baseline and Serial Brain Natriuretic Peptide Level Predicts 5-Year Overall Survival in Patients With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Data From the REVEAL Registry. Chest. 2018 Jan 31. PMID: 29355551.

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  • Published on 1/24/2018

    Abston E, Farber H. Pulmonary Cavity From Mycobacterium malmoense in an HIV-Infected Patient: Complicated by Bronchopleural Fistula. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2018 Feb; 5(2):ofy023. PMID: 29450215.

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  • Published on 11/21/2017

    Miller DP, Farber HW. Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease: Welcome to the PAHty (Bostonian for Party). Circulation. 2017 Nov 21; 136(21):2034-2036. PMID: 29158214.

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  • Published on 11/11/2017

    Benza RL, Farber HW, Frost A, Ghofrani HA, Gómez-Sánchez MA, Langleben D, Rosenkranz S, Busse D, Meier C, Nikkho S, Hoeper MM. REVEAL risk scores applied to riociguat-treated patients in PATENT-2: Impact of changes in risk score on survival. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2017 Nov 11. PMID: 29223470.

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  • Published on 11/6/2017

    Chakinala MM, Coyne DW, Benza RL, Frost AE, McGoon MD, Hartline BK, Frantz RP, Selej M, Zhao C, Mink DR, Farber HW. Impact of declining renal function on outcomes in pulmonary arterial hypertension: A REVEAL registry analysis. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2017 Nov 06. PMID: 29174533.

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  • Published on 10/2/2017

    Preston IR, Channick RN, Chin K, Di Scala L, Farber HW, Gaine S, Galiè N, Ghofrani HA, Hoeper MM, Lang IM, McLaughlin VV, Preiss R, Simonneau G, Sitbon O, Tapson VF, Rubin LJ. Temporary treatment interruptions with oral selexipag in pulmonary arterial hypertension: Insights from the Prostacyclin (PGI2) Receptor Agonist in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (GRIPHON) study. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2018 Mar; 37(3):401-408. PMID: 29096938.

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  • Published on 8/3/2017

    Raina A, Benza RL, Farber HW. Replacing a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor with riociguat in patients with connective tissue disease-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension: a case series. Pulm Circ. 2017 Jul-Sep; 7(3):741-746. PMID: 28671485.

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  • Published on 8/3/2017

    Benza RL, Farber HW, Selej M, Gomberg-Maitland M. Assessing risk in pulmonary arterial hypertension: what we know, what we don't. Eur Respir J. 2017 Aug; 50(2). PMID: 28775053.

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  • Published on 3/23/2017

    Taroni JN, Greene CS, Martyanov V, Wood TA, Christmann RB, Farber HW, Lafyatis RA, Denton CP, Hinchcliff ME, Pioli PA, Mahoney JM, Whitfield ML. A novel multi-network approach reveals tissue-specific cellular modulators of fibrosis in systemic sclerosis. Genome Med. 2017 Mar 23; 9(1):27. PMID: 28330499.

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  • Published on 12/1/2016

    Farber HW, Gin-Sing W. Practical considerations for therapies targeting the prostacyclin pathway. Eur Respir Rev. 2016 Dec; 25(142):418-430. PMID: 27903664.

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