Research Funding

  • September 1, 2017 - May 31, 2020 - Developing Tools to Support the Appropriate Use of Surgery in Frail Older Adults , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R21AG054208
  • April 15, 2014 - March 31, 2020 - Optimizing treatment for nursing home residents with acute cholecystitis , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01AG044425
  • September 1, 2006 - August 31, 2012 - Functional Outcomes After Major Surgery in Nursing Home Residents , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: K08AG028965


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

Honors & Awards

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

Selected Publications

  1. Smith EJT, Gasper WJ, Schneider PA, Finlayson E, Walter LC, Covinsky KE, Conte MS, Iannuzzi JC. Cognitive Impairment is Common in a�Veterans Affairs Population with Peripheral Arterial Disease. Ann Vasc Surg. 2022 Dec 27.  View on PubMed
  2. Colley A, Lin JA, Pierce L, Finlayson E, Sudore RL, Wick E. Missed Opportunities and Health Disparities for Advance Care Planning Before Elective Surgery in Older Adults. JAMA Surg. 2022 10 01; 157(10):e223687.  View on PubMed
  3. Colley A, Finlayson E, Zhao S, Boscardin J, Suskind A. High risk of complications after a "low risk" procedure: A national study of nursing home residents and older adults undergoing haemorrhoid surgery. Colorectal Dis. 2022 Sep 13.  View on PubMed
  4. Bongiovanni T, Gan S, Finlayson E, Ross J, Harrison JD, Boscardin J, Steinman MA. Prolonged use of newly prescribed gabapentin after surgery. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 12; 70(12):3560-3569.  View on PubMed
  5. Colley A, Finlayson E, Sosa JA, Wick E. "I Wish Someone had Asked Me Earlier"-Perspectives on Advance Care Planning in Surgery. Ann Surg. 2022 12 01; 276(6):e649-e651.  View on PubMed
  6. Greenberg AL, Lin JA, Colley A, Finlayson E, Bongiovanni T, Wick EC. Characteristics and Procedures Among Adults Discharged to Hospice After Gastrointestinal Tract Surgery in California. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 07 01; 5(7):e2220379.  View on PubMed
  7. Chou WH, Covinsky K, Zhao S, Boscardin WJ, Finlayson E, Suskind AM. Functional and cognitive outcomes after suprapubic catheter placement in nursing home residents: A national cohort study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 10; 70(10):2948-2957.  View on PubMed
  8. Shah SK, Adler RR, Xiang L, Clark CJ, Cooper Z, Finlayson E, Kim DH, Lin KJ, Lipsitz SR, Weissman JS. Patients living with dementia have worse outcomes when undergoing high-risk procedures. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 10; 70(10):2838-2846.  View on PubMed
  9. Van Kuiken ME, Zhao S, Covinsky K, Boscardin J, Finlayson E, Suskind AM. Reply by Authors. J Urol. 2022 06; 207(6):1283.  View on PubMed
  10. Van Kuiken ME, Zhao S, Covinsky K, Boscardin J, Finlayson E, Suskind AM. Frailty Is Associated with an Increased Risk of Complications and Need for Repeat Procedures after Sling Surgery in Older Adults. J Urol. 2022 06; 207(6):1276-1284.  View on PubMed
  11. Cohan JN, Ozanne EM, Hofer RK, Kelly YM, Kata A, Larsen C, Finlayson E. Ileostomy or ileal pouch-anal anastomosis for ulcerative colitis: patient participation and decisional needs. BMC Gastroenterol. 2021 Sep 19; 21(1):347.  View on PubMed
  12. Kalbfell E, Kata A, Buffington AS, Marka N, Brasel KJ, Mosenthal AC, Cooper Z, Finlayson E, Schwarze ML. Frequency of Preoperative Advance Care Planning for Older Adults Undergoing High-risk Surgery: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Surg. 2021 07 01; 156(7):e211521.  View on PubMed
  13. Kalbfell EL, Buffington A, Kata A, Brasel KJ, Mosenthal AC, Cooper Z, Finlayson E, Schwarze ML. Expressions of conflict following postoperative complications in older adults having major surgery. Am J Surg. 2021 10; 222(4):670-676.  View on PubMed
  14. Suskind AM, Covinsky K, Finlayson E. Comparative Outcomes for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery among Nursing Home Residents and Matched Community Dwelling Older Adults. Reply. J Urol. 2021 07; 206(1):175.  View on PubMed
  15. Suskind AM, Zhao S, Nik-Ahd F, Boscardin WJ, Covinsky K, Finlayson E. Comparative outcomes for older adults undergoing surgery for bladder and bowel dysfunction. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 08; 69(8):2210-2219.  View on PubMed
  16. Seib CD, Suh I, Meng T, Trickey A, Smith AK, Finlayson E, Covinsky KE, Kurella Tamura M, Kebebew E. Patient Factors Associated With Parathyroidectomy in Older Adults With Primary Hyperparathyroidism. JAMA Surg. 2021 04 01; 156(4):334-342.  View on PubMed
  17. Donovan AL, Braehler MR, Robinowitz DL, Lazar AA, Finlayson E, Rogers S, Douglas VC, Whitlock EL, Anesthesia Resident Quality Improvement Committee. An Implementation-Effectiveness Study of a Perioperative Delirium Prevention Initiative for Older Adults. Anesth Analg. 2020 12; 131(6):1911-1922.  View on PubMed
  18. Whitlock EL, Braehler MR, Kaplan JA, Finlayson E, Rogers SE, Douglas V, Donovan AL. Derivation, Validation, Sustained Performance, and Clinical Impact of an Electronic Medical Record-Based Perioperative Delirium Risk Stratification Tool. Anesth Analg. 2020 12; 131(6):1901-1910.  View on PubMed
  19. Suskind AM, Zhao S, Boscardin WJ, Covinsky K, Finlayson E. Reply by Authors. J Urol. 2021 01; 205(1):205.  View on PubMed
  20. Ma M, Zhang L, Rosenthal R, Finlayson E, Russell MM. The American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification Program and the Practicing Colorectal Surgeon. Semin Colon Rectal Surg. 2020 Nov; 31(4):100779.  View on PubMed

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