University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Emily Finlayson, MD, MS

Emily Finlayson, MD, MS

Professor, Department of Surgery, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Education

  • Yale University, B.A., 1985-1989, Classical Civilizations
  • Stanford University, 1991-1992, Post-bacc. Pre-med
  • Harvard Medical School, M.D., 1993-1997, Medicine 
  • Dartmouth Medical School, M.S., 2000-2002, Health Services Research

Professional Experience

  • 1997-2000
    Surgery Resident, UCSF
  • 2000-2002
    Research Fellow, Veteran’s Affairs Outcomes Group, White River Junction, VT
  • 2002-2004
    Surgery Resident, UCSF
  • 2004-2005
    Clinical Fellow, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • 2005-2009
    Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
  • 2009-present
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Surgery and Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF
  • 2013-2017
    Associate Professor in Residence, Departments of Surgery and Medicine, and Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF
  • 2017-present
    Professor in Residence, Departments of Surgery and Medicine, and Phillip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2006-2011
    Beeson Scholar
  • 2015
    Excellence in Teaching Award, Academy of Medical Educators

Selected Publications

  1. Ramirez JL, Gasper WJ, Seib CD, Finlayson E, Conte MS, Sosa JA, Iannuzzi JC. Patient complexity by surgical specialty does not correlate with work relative value units. Surgery. 2020 Apr 24.
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  2. Tang VL, Jing B, Boscardin J, Ngo S, Silvestrini M, Finlayson E, Covinsky KE. Association of Functional, Cognitive, and Psychological Measures With 1-Year Mortality in Patients Undergoing Major Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2020 Mar 11.
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  3. Suskind AM, Zhao S, Boscardin WJ, Smith A, Finlayson E. Time Spent Away from Home in the Year Following High-Risk Cancer Surgery in Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Mar; 68(3):505-510.
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  4. Chen CL, Jeffery MM, Krebs EE, Thiels CA, Schumacher MA, Schwartz AJ, Thombley R, Finlayson E, Rodriguez-Monguio R, Ward D, Dudley RA. Long-Term Trends in Postoperative Opioid Prescribing, 1994 to 2014. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2020 Jan; 4(1).
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  5. Chen CL, Jeffery MM, Krebs EE, Thiels CA, Schumacher MA, Schwartz AJ, Thombley R, Finlayson E, Rodriguez-Monguio R, Ward D, Dudley RA. Long-Term Trends in Postoperative Opioid Prescribing, 1994 to 2014. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2020 Jan; 4(1).
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  6. Arsoniadis EG, Finlayson E, Potenti F. Is there a role for specialized geriatric centers in treating geriatric cancer patients? Eur J Surg Oncol. 2020 Mar; 46(3):383-386.
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  7. Schwarze ML, Buffington A, Tucholka JL, Hanlon B, Rathouz PJ, Marka N, Taylor LJ, Zimmermann CJ, Kata A, Baggett ND, Fox DA, Schmick AE, Berlin A, Glass NE, Mosenthal AC, Finlayson E, Cooper Z, Brasel KJ. Effectiveness of a Question Prompt List Intervention for Older Patients Considering Major Surgery: A Multisite Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Surg. 2019 Oct 30.
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  8. Tang V, Finlayson E, Covinsky K. Including the Family in Perioperative Care of Older Adults-A Call for HELP. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 Oct 21.
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  9. Kata A, Dutt M, Sudore RL, Finlayson E, Broering JM, Tang VL. What Matters? The Valued Life Activities of Older Adults Undergoing Elective Surgery. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 11; 67(11):2305-2310.
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  10. Suskind AM, Kowalik C, Quanstrom K, Boscardin J, Zhao S, Reynolds WS, Mishra K, Finlayson E. The impact of frailty on treatment for overactive bladder in older adults. Neurourol Urodyn. 2019 09; 38(7):1915-1923.
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  11. Kaplan JA, Tang V, Finlayson E. How Did We Get Here? A Broader View of the Postoperative Period. Anesthesiol Clin. 2019 Sep; 37(3):411-422.
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  12. Seib CD, Finlayson E. Invasive Procedures to Improve Function in Frail Older Adults: Do Outcomes Justify the Intervention? JAMA Intern Med. 2019 03 01; 179(3):391-393.
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  13. Washington SL, Porten SP, Quanstrom K, Jin C, Bridge M, Finlayson E, Walter LC, Suskind AM. The Association Between Race and Frailty in Older Adults Presenting to a Nononcologic Urology Practice. Urology. 2019 05; 127:19-23.
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  14. Hornor MA, Tang VL, Berian J, Robinson TN, Coleman J, Katlic MR, Rosenthal RA, Christensen K, Baker T, Finlayson E, Lagoo-Deenadaayalan SA, Ko CY, Russell MM. Optimizing the Feasibility and Scalability of a Geriatric Surgery Quality Improvement Initiative. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 05; 67(5):1074-1078.
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  15. Tang V, Zhao S, Boscardin J, Sudore R, Covinsky K, Walter LC, Esserman L, Mukhtar R, Finlayson E. Functional Status and Survival After Breast Cancer Surgery in Nursing Home Residents. JAMA Surg. 2018 12 01; 153(12):1090-1096.
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  16. Whitlock EL, Finlayson E. Depth of Propofol Sedation and Postoperative Delirium: The Jury Is Still Out. JAMA Surg. 2018 11 01; 153(11):996.
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  17. Kata A, Sudore R, Finlayson E, Broering JM, Ngo S, Tang VL. Increasing Advance Care Planning Using a Surgical Optimization Program for Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 10; 66(10):2017-2021.
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  18. Seib CD, Chomsky-Higgins K, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Suh I, Duh QY, Finlayson E. Patient Frailty Should Be Used to Individualize Treatment Decisions in Primary Hyperparathyroidism. World J Surg. 2018 10; 42(10):3215-3222.
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  19. Berian JR, Zhou L, Russell MM, Hornor MA, Cohen ME, Finlayson E, Ko CY, Rosenthal RA, Robinson TN. Postoperative Delirium as a Target for Surgical Quality Improvement. Ann Surg. 2018 07; 268(1):93-99.
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  20. Suskind AM, Zhao S, Walter LC, Boscardin WJ, Finlayson E. Mortality and Functional Outcomes After Minor Urological Surgery in Nursing Home Residents: A National Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 05; 66(5):909-915.
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