Dr. Finlay received a B.A. degree in Neuroscience and Women's Studies from Wesleyan University (1992). She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Following her MD degree, she completed Internal Medicine residency and Medical Oncology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed an unaccredited Palliative Medicine fellowship as well.

Personal Statement

I am passionate about palliative medicine, patient-physician communication and education. In addition, I am interested in the integration of palliative medicine and medical oncology practice. I am currently a part of a national research collaborative, called the Palliative Outpatient Practice (POP) Study Group, focused on evaluating educational needs for outpatient palliative care providers. I also have a small pilot grant exploring professional identity formation in palliative medicine.

Areas of Specialty

Outpatient Palliative Medicine Palliative Medicine Fellowship Education Undergraduate Medical Education Integration of Oncology and Palliative Medicine


Medical Oncology Board Certification Palliative Medicine Board Certification

Achievements & Awards

UNM School of Medicine Educational Excellence Award for Faculty in Curricular Leadership 2015-2016 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Inspiring Leader Under 40 - 2015


  • English

Courses Taught

I direct the University of New Mexico School of Medicine course, entitled Doctoring 6. This course addresses cross cutting themes in medical education, including communication skills and professional identity formation. It is required for all clerkship-level students at UNM. I piloted this course in 2015, and have been designing and teaching it since then.

Research and Scholarship

Finlay E, Newport K, Sivendran S, Kilpatrick L, Owens M, Buss MK. Models of Outpatient Palliative Care Clinics for Outpatients with Cancer. Journal of Oncology Practice. 2019 Apr;15(4):187-193 Finlay, E, Rabow, M, and Buss, MK. Filling the Gap: Creating an Outpatient Palliative Care Program in Your Institution. ASCO Education Book. 2018. 111-121. Gilligan T, Coyle N, Frankel RM, Berry DL, Bohlke K, Epstein RM, Finlay E, Jackson VA, Lathan CS, Loprinzi CL, Nguyen LH, Seigel C, Baile WFet al: Patient-Clinician Communication: American Society of Clinical Oncology Consensus Guideline. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2017 Nov 1;35(31):3618-3632 Gebauer, S, Morley, S. Haozous, E, Finlay, E, et al. Palliative Care for American Indians and Alaska Natives: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2016. Dec 19(12) 1331-1340. Hui, D, Finlay, E, Buss, M, Prommer, E, and Bruera, E. Palliative Oncologists: Specialists in the Science and Art of Patient Care. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2015. 33(20): 2314.