Richard Finley

Professor, UBC Department of Surgery
Degrees / Designations 

MD

Email Address 
Mailing Address 
VGH

Biography

Academic Appointment 
Professor
Disorders and Conditions 
Cancers
Other Areas of Research 
Thoracoscopic surgery
Laparoscopic esophageal surgery
Quality of Life Measurement in Esophageal Cancer
CT guided thoracoscopic resection of small peripheral lung nodules
Surgical management of achalasia
Practice based learning and improvement

Honors and Awards

  • The Fred N. Hagerman Memorial Prize in Surgery - University of Western Ontario, 1971
  • Medallist in Surgery, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, 1976
  • James IV Association of Surgeons Traveling Fellow, 1990
  • Master Teaching Award/UBC Department of Surgery (Named by Residents as an
  • Outstanding Teacher and significant contributor to Medical Education) , 1991
  • Philippine College of Surgeons (Honorary Fellow), 1994 to present)
  • Best Faculty Presentation,Chung Reseach day,UBC Department of Surgery ,2004

Publications and Presentations

  • Over 75 peer reviewed papers on the esophagus and surgical infection published
  • Fifteen book chapters published
  • Participating member in U.S. NCI Lung Cancer Study Group
  • Visiting Professor at 30 institutions
  • Over 60 invited presentations

Special Appointments

  • President, Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgery,(2004-2006)
  • President,British Columbia Surgical Society,2005
  • Vice President ,American Surgical Association (2003-04)
  • Regent, American College of Surgeons, 2000 to present
  • International President, James IV Association of Surgeons, Inc. (1998 to 2000)
  • Chair, Board ,UBC Centre of Excellence for Surgical Education and Innovation (1999 – )
  • Chair, Canadian Association of Surgical Chairs (1993-1995)
  • President, Canadian Association of University Surgeons, 1999  Chair, Canadian Association of Surgical Chairs (1993-1995)
  • Chair, Board of Governors, American College of Surgeons (1993-1995)
  • Vice-Chair, Board of Governors, American College of Surgeons (1992-1993)


Areas of special interest and accomplishment:

1. Minimally invasive pulmonary and esophageal surgery.
2. Mechanisms of acute lung injury in uncontrolled infections.
3. Metabolic response to sepsis, trauma and cancer.
4. Management of malignant and premalignant lesions of the esophagus.
5. Quality of Life measurement
6. Surgical management of early lung cancer
7. Surgical management of achalasia
8. Practice based learning and improvement
9. Web-based learning
10. Image – guided thoracic surgery

Current Projects 

IMAGE-GUIDED VIDEO-ASSISTED THORACOSCOPIC (VATS) RESECTION FOR DIAGNOSIS OF SMALL PERIPHERAL PULMONARY NODULES (SPN)

Publications