Dr. Farrand’s career in medicine began with an academic and practical education in health policy, followed quickly by early connections with academic physicians who recognized the value of using large, real-world datasets to study the effectiveness of interventions and improve healthcare delivery. This combination of influences has been transformative, and inspired Farrand to pursue research that crosses the traditional silos of academic research and clinical practice, using the clinical delivery system to answer questions that matter most to stakeholders, including clinicians, methodologists, payers, regulators, ethicists, and most importantly patients. Her research program is particularly relevant to the field of interstitial lung disease, in which there is limited evidence to support the complex clinical decisions faced by stakeholders.
Dr. Farrand completed her undergraduate education at the University of Virginia, followed by medical school and internal medicine training at Columbia University. After working for two years as an internist, she joined the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Allergy and Sleep Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Since completing clinical training, she joined the Interstitial Lung Disease group, developing a research program that aims to (1) advance the delivery of safe, efficient, high-quality care by supporting data-driven decision making and (2) develop a reusable, sustainable model for health-system embedded clinical research in ILD. When not at work, she enjoys hiking, biking and dancing with her husband, daughters, and dog Angus.