- Health Services
- Surgical Access, Quality, and Outcomes
- Global Health and Surgery
Board Certification and Academic Information
||Surgery - Professor
||American Board of Surgery
National Board of Medical Examiners
Academic Office Locations
|Academic Office Phone Number
||Academic Office Address
||School of Medicine
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Samuel R. G. Finlayson, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah. He has a national reputation as a health services researcher focused on surgical access, quality, and outcomes. His interests include variation in use and outcomes of surgery, surgical care process innovation, surgeon workforce, and access to high quality surgical care in rural versus urban settings in the United States, and in low income and resource poor countries. His clinical practice is in minimally invasive abdominal surgery, with a particular interest in benign and malignant diseases of the colon, abdominal wall hernias, and biliary disease.
Dr. Finlayson was appointed Chair of the Department of Surgery in June, 2013, following two years as the Kessler Director of the Center for Surgery and Public Health, a joint health services research initiative of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Prior to that, Dr. Finlayson spent a decade at Dartmouth Medical School where he served as Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery, and Director of the Surgical Residency Program. A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Finlayson received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. He was trained in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and completed a fellowship in health services research at Dartmouth.