Samuel Finlayson, MD, MPH | VA Outcomes

Samuel Finlayson, MD, MPH


Adjunct Associate Professor, The Dartmouth Institute and of Surgery
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Research Interests

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.


Selected Publications:

  1. Finlayson SRG, Birkmeyer JD, Tosteson ANA, Nease RF. Patient preferences for location of care: implications for regionalization. Medical Care 1999;37:204-209.
  2. Finlayson SRG, Birkmeyer JD, Fillinger MF, Cronenwett JL. Should endovascular surgery lower the threshold for repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms? Journal of Vascular Surgery 1999; 29:973-85.
  3. Finlayson SRG, Birkmeyer JD, Laycock WS. Trends in surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease: the effect of laparoscopic surgery on utilization. Surgery 2003;133:147-53.
  4. Finlayson SRG. Surgery in rural America. Surg Innov 2005;12:299-305.
  5. Finlayson SRG. Delivering quality to patients. JAMA 2006;296:2026-27.