Emily V. A. Finlayson, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery and Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

Dr. Finlayson’s clinical areas of expertise include colon and rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, with a focus on minimally invasive surgical techniques. Her current research is in population-based surgical outcomes with a focus on functional outcomes in the frail elderly.

After completing her medical degree at Harvard Medical School, she trained in general surgery at UCSF and in colon and rectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In her post-doctorate training, she received a Master of Science from the Center for Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School and completed a research fellowship with the VA Outcomes Group in White River Junction, Vermont. She was on faculty at the University of Michigan Department of Surgery and the Michigan Surgical Collaborative for Outcomes Research and Evaluation until she returned to UCSF in 2009.


Finlayson EVA, Birkmeyer JD. Operative mortality with elective surgery in older adults. Effective Clinical Practice, 2001;4(4):172-7. 

Birkmeyer JD, Finlayson EVA, Birkmeyer CM. Volume standards for high-risk surgical procedures: potential benefits of the Leapfrog initiative. Surgery, 2001;130(3):415-22. 

Birkmeyer JD, Siewers AE, Finlayson EVA, Stukel TA, Lucas FL, Batista I, Welch HG, Wennberg DE. Hospital volume and surgical mortality in the United States. New England Journal of Medicine, 2002;246(15):1128-37. Finlayson EVA, 

Birkmeyer JD, Siewers AE, Stukel TA, Lucas FL, Wennberg DE. Adjusting surgical mortality rates for patient comorbidities: more harm than good? Surgery, 2002;132(5):787-94. 

Finlayson EVA, Birkmeyer JD. Effects of hospital volume on life expectancy after selected cancer operations: A decision analysis. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 2003;196(3):410-7.