Ian Finlay


Ian Finlay

Ian Finlay was the first specialist colorectal surgeon to be appointed in Scotland. A graduate of Manchester University, he trained in the West of Scotland and undertook specialist training at the University of Minnesota USA and St Marks' Hospital in London.

He founded the Internationally recognised, Department of Coloproctology, at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and has been responsible for the specialist training of many specialist colorectal surgeons currently practicing around the world.

He is a specialist in the surgery of large bowel cancer, pouch surgery for inflammatory bowel disease, surgery for prolapse and incontinence and the management of ano rectal disorders including fistulae and haemorrhoids.

Ian Finlay has led research groups studying the cause and treatment of several colorectal conditions. He has written over 100 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and invited editorials for clinical journals. He regularly gives lectures at National and International meetings and is at present an executive officer of the British Journal of Surgery. He has been awarded several prestigious prizes for his work. A notable research achievement has been the development of an artificial anal sphincter for the treatment of incontinence.

In addition to these clinical activities, Ian Finlay is a recognised "Leader" in British Surgery having served as an Executive Officer of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow and a Councillor of both the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland and the Association of Coloproctology of GB & Ireland. He is also a core member of the Scottish Bowel Cancer Advisory Group, a standing committee advising the Scottish Government Health Department.

Ian Finlay is an internationally recognised specialist in colorectal surgery. He was one of only two colorectal surgeons in the United Kingdom to be listed in the "Tattler Guide to Surgeons in the UK" (2007) and appears in an American list of the "Worlds Best Doctors".