Department of Otolaryngology

Joseph M. Furman, Md, PhD, FACS

  • Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Education & Training

  • University of Pennsylvania, MD
  • University of Pennsylvania, PhD
  • University of California, Los Angeles- Residency Training Department of Neurology
  • University of Toronto and at the University of California, Los Angeles- Fellowships in Nonsurgical Neurotology

Representative Publications

Furman JM, Marcus DA, Balaban CD: Rizatriptan reduces vestibular-induced motion sickness in migraineurs. J Headache Pain, 12(1) 81-88, 2011; PMID 20862509.

Huppert T, Beluk N, Schmidt B, Furman JM, Sparto PJ. Measurement of brain activation during an upright stepping reaction task using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Hum Brain Mapp. 2012 Nov 19; PMID: 23161494

Grill E, Bronstein A, Furman JM, Zee SD, Müller M. International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Core Set for patients with vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders. J Vestib Res. 2012;22(5-6):261-71; PMID:23302707

Karim HT, Fuhrman SI, Furman JM, Huppert TJ. Neuroimaging to detect cortical projection of vestibular response to caloric stimulation in young and older adults using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Neuroimage. 2013 Aug 1;76:1-10; PMID:23523804

Furman JM, Marcus DA, Balaban CD. Vestibular migraine: clinical aspects and pathophysiology. Lancet Neurol 2013; 12: 706–15; PMID: 23769597

Karim H, Fuhrman S, Sparto P, Furman JM, Huppert T. Functional brain imaging of multi-sensory vestibular processing during computerized dynamic posturography using near-infrared spectroscopy. Neuroimage. 2013; 74:318-25; PMID 23419940

Karim HT, Sparto PJ, Aizenstein HJ, Furman JM, Huppert TJ, Erickson KI, Loughlin PJ. Functional MR imaging of a simulated balance task. Brain Res. 2014; 1555:20-7. PMID: 24480476

Lin C, Whitney SL, Loughlin PJ, Furman JM, Redfern MS, Sienko K, Sparto PJ. The effect of age on postural and cognitive task performance while using vibrotactile feedback. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2015 Apri 1;113(7):2127-36. doi: 10.1152/jn.00083.2014. Epub 2015 Jan 14. PMID: 25589585

Furman SI, Redfern MS, Jennings JR, Furman JM. Interference between postural control and spatial vs. non-spatial auditory reaction time tasks in older adults. J Vestib Res. 2015 Jun 2;25(2):47-55. Doi: 10.3233/VES-150546. PMID: 26410669

Mueller M, Whitney SL, Alghwiri A, Grill E, Furman JM, Alghwiri A, Alghadir A. Subscales of the Vestibular Activities and Participation (VAP) Questionnaire can be applied across cultures.  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 68(2):211-219, 2015

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Research Interest Summary

Human Vestibular Function, Balance System Abnormalities, Inner Ear Function, Inner Ear Disease

Research Interests

Dr. Furman's research interests include vestibulo-ocular function in older persons, otolith-ocular reflexes, and migraine-related dizziness.  He also improves the testing methods relating to balance system abnormalities, increasing the understanding of human inner ear (vestibular) function, and enhances the rehabilitation of people with inner ear disease.  Dr. Furman's clinical activities include the evaluation of patients with dizziness and disequilibrium and consultation neurology.

Research Grants

Postural Control in the Elderly: The Role of Attention, 04/1/12-03/31/16, NIH/NIA, R01

Computerized rotational head impulse test-vertical (CRHIT-Vertical), 04/01/2015-03/31/16, NIH, R43

Influence of White Matter Damage on Step Initiation, 07/2008-05/2014, NIH/NIA, R01