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Emily Finlayson


Colorectal surgeon

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 and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (1)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    53 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 16, 2023
    Dr. Finlayson was wonderful. She was thoughtful in her questions and really listened to my answers. I feel a sense of confidence in this Doctor.
    May 19, 2023
    I liked the approach of having an appointment with the full Team not only the main Doctor.
    May 06, 2023
    The staff and Dr. Are exultant and I'll alway be grateful for them for all that have done for me.
    Jan 29, 2023
    Preliminary visit as new patient
    Aug 03, 2022
    Extremely short and rushed spoke more to medical student than I. Very directive and matter of fact without explaining rationale for next steps. I get you're a surgeon but your bedside manner is minimal to none.
    Jul 13, 2022
    Dr. Finlayson is stellar and her team is great.
    Mar 09, 2022
    Dr. Finlayson is extremely personable and professional all at once. If I have to have the surgery we discussed I would prefer she complete my surgery rather than any other surgeon. I honestly feel I can trust her to perform the best outcome possible for me. She is extremely easy to talk with.
    Feb 14, 2022
    The medical student who was working with the provider was extremely thorough and compassionate.
    Decorative Caduceus

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