Emily Finlayson


Colorectal surgeon

About me

Dr. Emily Finlayson is a colorectal surgeon with expertise in the treatment of colon and rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. She is a specialist in minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Finlayson's research examines population-based surgical outcomes, focusing particularly on functional outcomes in the frail elderly.

Finlayson earned 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. She also earned a master of science degree at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and she completed a research fellowship with the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Vermont.

Finlayson served on the surgery department faculty at the University of Michigan and on the Michigan Surgical Collaborative for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. She returned to UCSF in 2009.

  • Education

    Harvard School of Medicine, 1997

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Surgery, 2002

    UCSF Medical Center, Surgery , 2004

    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Surgery, 2005

  • Fellowships

    Mayo Clinic, Colon & Rectal Surgery, 2007

  • Board Certifications

    Colon & Rectal Surgery, American Board of Surgery

    General Surgery, American Board of Surgery

  • Academic Title


Center for Colorectal Surgery

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158