Dr. Douglas Farrago, MD

Family Medicine  |  
Male  |  
Age 52
Dr. Douglas Farrago, MD
Expertise Family Medicine – Dr. Farrago is board certified in family medicine. In fact, he has recertified twice since initially passing his boards in 1997. Nutrition/exercise – Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Farrago was involved in sports medicine training of professional boxers in the late 1980s. Under the tutelage of fitness guru, Mackie Shilstone, he worked with countless fighters including five different world champions. He also received his Master's Degree in Education under the area of Exercise Science and to this day very much uses this knowledge to help with his patients. Osteopathic Manipulation – Though not a DO, Dr. Farrago learned and excelled at OMT (Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment) in residency while taking extra courses from osteopathic physicians there. Since that time he has performed this treatment over 15,000 time and often gets patients referred to him for this therapy. Some of those referring to him have been DOs!Other interests: Inventor – Dr. Farrago invented the Knee Saver, a padding that relieves knee stress in baseball catchers, while he was in medical school. He received the patent in 1991 and after years of persistence (and even more rejections), Dr. Farrago was able to make this product a staple of the game. ??The original Knee Saver is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame's traveling exhibit (Baseball As America) under its Ingenuity and Innovation section. The Knee Saver, and its knock-offs, are worn by many major league baseball catchers today. Dr. Farrago is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet, worn by people for migraines, heat recovery and head injuries. At this time over half of MLB teams have the CryoHelmet available with the NFL expected to follow. National Speaker – Dr. Farrago lectures worldwide about the present crisis in our healthcare system and the affect it has on the doctor-patient relationship. He entertains audiences with tons of laughs but he also shares strategies on how to deal with change in the healthcare system and how to survive the turmoil ahead. Dr. Farrago has risen to national prominence in the lecture circuit by providing a humorous outlet for physicians while fighting back against the medical axis of evil (pharma, lawyers, insurance). Writer – Dr. Farrago created the Placebo Journal in 2001 and ran it until 2011. The purpose of this bi-monthly journal was to empower those in the healthcare field through the power of laughter. In 2005, the Placebo Journal caught the eye of Broadway Books. Dr. Doug compiled some of the Placebo Journal's best true stories of medicine along with a healthy dose of fake drug ads and x-rays to create the Placebo Chronicles. Dr. Farrago also shares his unique insights about current issues in healthcare system in his blog Authentic Medicine whose mission has been to rediscover how much the art of medicine means and allows doctors to reconnect to their roots once again. Dr. Farrago uses this medium to fight back back against those things that are taking doctors away from the direct care of patients. Dr. Farrago is part of the movement trying to take back the healthcare system from those who are ruining it.

Forest Direct Primary Care

1149 Vista Park Dr Ste C

Forest, VA 24551

Contact Information

(434) 616-2455

Dr. Douglas Farrago, MD

Dr. Douglas Farrago, MD

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Care Philosophy

" I place a high value on building relationships with my patients for the benefit of their health. Limiting the size of my practice makes it possible for me to offer every patient attentive, personalized and comprehensive care".
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Dr. Farrago's Experience

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  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Family Medicine
  • Board certified in Family Practice
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Family Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Family Practice
    Accredited by: American Board of Family Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Injuries
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pneumonia


  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • Biopsy
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Joint Injection
  • Mole Removal
  • Pap Smear
  • Pelvic Exams
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Stitches
  • Wart Removal
  • Wellness Examination

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • Emmc
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Emmc
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Farrago has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Farrago's Reviews

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based on 28 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Farrago's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
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Patient Comments (5)
in Lynchburg, VA |
Dr. Farrago is professional, thorough, kind and accessible!! My family of four has been extremely satisfied with the care we have received. We have never felt rushed. He responds to emails, texts and phone calls promptly. I especially appreciate his desire to promote preventive care and healthy habits.
Lynchburg, VA |
Was able to help our family in an emergency situation when my husband had an accident cutting wood and needed stitches. Called Dr Farrago and he met us in his office on a weekend within 45 mins to stich my husbands head. Happy that it was quick and efficient. He's also helpful providing coupons for prescription to get the best price when an RX is needed. Very Pleased ! Christine (office staff) is superb too!
in Forest, VA |
Doctor Farrago is the best doc I've ever had, and I've had a pack of them. He's passionate about his work and really cares about me a patient. He's available for advice via text and email, which is awesome. He's approachable and unrushed during appointments, so I always feel heard. Heck, he schedules a whole hour for my physical and spends almost the whole time with me. Hands down, the best doc in central VA.
in Forest, VA |
Straightforward personal care. Accessible, candid and caring.
in Lynchburg, VA |
Dr. Farrago is wonderful. After my initial visit with him he knew me better than my previous doctor did after 20+ years. He is knowledgeable and accessible. I highly recommend him.
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1901 Tate Springs Rd
Lynchburg, VA 24501
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