Adjunct Associate Professor, The Dartmouth Institute and of Surgery
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Finlayson is a general surgeon with a research interest in the evolving use and outcomes of minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery. His primary focus has been surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Using national and regional hospital discharge data, he has documented substantial increases in population-based rates of surgery for GERD, and significant variation in rates of surgery across geographic regions. His findings suggest persistent uncertainty regarding the appropriate role of surgery for GERD. He is currently overseeing a multi-center study to explore how patients view GERD treatment choices, and to lay groundwork for a randomized trial of laparoscopic surgery and medical therapy for GERD.