Emily Finlayson, MD

Emily Finlayson, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Surgery, Geriatrics and Health Policy
University of California, San Francisco


Emily Finlayson MD, MS, is an associate professor of surgery, geriatrics and health policy at University of California, San Francisco. Her National Institutes of Health-funded research focuses on using administrative data to examine “real world” surgical outcomes in the elderly.

Dr. Finlayson uses a national nursing home registry to evaluate functional outcomes after surgery in long-stay nursing home residents. She is the founding director of the UCSF Center for Surgery in Older Adults. Under her leadership, the interdisciplinary team from surgery, anesthesia, rehabilitation services, geriatrics, palliative care, nursing, education and health policy—with expertise in quantitative research, qualitative research and implementation science—is working to develop, implement and evaluate best practices in geriatric surgery.