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

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. He has completed two NIH-funded studies examining multi-criteria support for decisions regarding colorectal cancer screening in average risk patients. He has also participated in studies involving the use of multi-criteria decision support and/or examining the clinical decision making process in a variety of other areas including vaginal birth after caesarian section, management of post-stroke foot drop, prevention of neonatal group A streptococcal sepsis, management of acute pharyngitis, and treatment of acute pyelonephritis.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: Dr. Dolan has a K-24 mid-career development award from the NHLBI that involves research exploring the extent to which there is a tradeoff involved between ease-of-use and accuracy in the use of multi-criteria methods for assessing decision makers' preferences and values regarding primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. He recently completed a NCI-funded study comparing the effectiveness of five different formats for presenting information about uncertain future outcomes to patients 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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2014 Jun 26
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.. 2014 Jun 26; Epub 2014 Jun 26.
2014 Mar
Iannuzzi JC, Rickles AS, Kelly KN, Rusheen AE, Dolan JG, Noyes K, Monson JR, Fleming FJ. "Perioperative pleiotropic statin effects in general surgery." Surgery.. 2014 Mar; 155(3):398-407. Epub 2013 Nov 21.
2014 Feb 13
Diaz-Ledezma C, Lichstein PM, Dolan JG, Parvizi J. "Diagnosis of Periprosthetic Joint Infection in Medicare Patients: Multicriteria Decision Analysis." Clinical orthopaedics and related research.. 2014 Feb 13; Epub 2014 Feb 13.
2014 Jan
Iannuzzi JC, Rickles AS, Kelly KN, Fleming FJ, Dolan JG, Monson JR, Noyes K. "Defining high risk: cost-effectiveness of extended-duration thromboprophylaxis following major oncologic abdominal surgery." Journal of gastrointestinal surgery : official journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.. 2014 Jan; 18(1):60-8. Epub 2013 Oct 08.
2013 Feb
Bredlau AL; McDermott MP; Adam HR; Dworkin RH; Venuto C; Fisher SG; Dolan JG; Korones DN. "Oral Ketamine for Children with Chronic Pain: A Pilot Phase 1 Study". The Journal of pediatrics. 2013; : [Epub ahead of print].

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