James G. Dolan, M.D.

James G. Dolan, M.D.

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 276-5161
Administrative: (585) 275-0624
Fax: (585) 461-4532

Professional Bio

After graduating from Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Dolan completed both a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Rochester. He then practiced as an academic general internist at Rochester General Hospital, Highland Hospital, and most recently, Unity Hospital. In 2009, he joined the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he is currently director of Master's education.

Research Bio

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Dr. Dolan is a General Internist with more than 25 years of practice experience. He has a long-standing interest in improving the quality of clinical decision making at every level in the health care system. His research has primarily involved exploring the effects of multi-criteria decision making methods, particularly the Analytic Hierarchy Process, on doctor-patient communication, shared decision making, decision outcomes, translation of clinical evidence into practice, implementation of clinical guidelines, and the clinical decision making process.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: Dr. Dolan is the principal investigator of a CDC Special Interest project that will test the use of a decision dashboard to help clinicians counsel men with newly diagnosed low grade prostate cancer regarding their treatment options. He is also serving as a methods expert on a FDA-funded grant exploring ways to assess stakeholder preferences in their new device approval process. He is the last year of a K-24 mid-career development award from the NHLBI that, in addition to mentoring junior investigators, included a series of studies exploring the extent to which multi-criteria methods involve a tradeoff between ease-of-use and accuracy. Other recent studies include a NCI-funded study comparing the effectiveness of five different formats for presenting information about uncertain future outcomes to patients, a study multi-site study that assessed patient preferences for recommended colorectal cancer screening tests, and a project funded by the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making that involved the design and initial evaluation of an interactive, computer-based, patient "decision dashboard" for choosing an arthritis pain medication.

Awards & Honors (National)

Fellowship, American College of Physicians 1988

Awards & Honors (Local)

Mentor of Distinction Award, presented by Unity Health System Internal Medicine Residency Program Housestaff Association 2008
Rochester Society for Internal Medicine Prize 1984
Alpha Omega Alpha 1975
Phi Beta Kappa 1973
BA awarded Magna Cum Laude, Colgate University 1973

Recent Journal Articles

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2015 May 6
Dolan JG, Cherkasky OA, Li Q, Chin N, Veazie PJ. "Should Health Numeracy Be Assessed Objectively or Subjectively?" Medical decision making : an international journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making. 2015 May 6; Epub 2015 May 06.
2015 Apr
Augustine EF, Adams HR, Beck CA, Vierhile A, Kwon J, Rothberg PG, Marshall F, Block R, Dolan J, Mink JW, . "Standardized assessment of seizures in patients with juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis." Developmental medicine and child neurology. 2015 Apr; 57(4):366-71. Epub 2014 Nov 11.
2015 Mar
Bredlau AL, Harel BT, McDermott MP, Dworkin RH, Korones DN, Dolan JG, Adams HR. "Neurocognitive Changes after Sustained Ketamine Administration in Children with Chronic Pain." Journal of palliative care & medicine. 2015 Mar; 5(2)Epub 2015 Mar 27.
2015 Feb
Thirukumaran CP, Dolan JG, Webster PR, Panzer RJ, Friedman B. "The impact of electronic health record implementation and use on performance of the Surgical Care Improvement Project measures." Health services research. 2015 Feb; 50(1):273-89. Epub 2014 Jun 26.
2015 Jan 25
Dolan JG, Veazie PJ. "Balance Sheets Versus Decision Dashboards to Support Patient Treatment Choices: A Comparative Analysis." The patient. 2015 Jan 25; Epub 2015 Jan 25.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary


Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine


MD | Medicine | Temple University Sch Medicine1977
BA | Biology | Colgate University1973

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation fellow in General Internal Medicine, University of Rochester,1981-1983 1983
Residency in Internal Medicine, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York:1977-1980 1980