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 an Associate Professor and serves as the Chair of the Education Steering Committee.

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 also recently served as a methods expert on a FDA-funded grant exploring ways to assess stakeholder preferences in their new device approval process. He also recently completed 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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2016 Oct
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. 2016 Oct; 36(7):868-75. Epub 2015 May 06.
2016 Aug
Mahmood LA, Casey D, Dolan JG, Dozier AM, Korones DN. "Feasibility of Early Palliative Care Consultation for Children With High-Risk Malignancies." Pediatric blood & cancer. 2016 Aug; 63(8):1419-22. Epub 2016 May 03.
2016 Aug
Sanders M, Fiscella K, Veazie P, Dolan JG, Jerant A. "Does patient time spent viewing computer-tailored colorectal cancer screening materials predict patient-reported discussion of screening with providers?" Health education research. 2016 Aug; 31(4):555-62. Epub 2016 Jun 24.
Baack Kukreja JE; Kiernan M; Schempp B; Siebert A; Hontar A; Dolan J; Noyes K; Dozier A;Ghazi A; Rashid HH; Wu G. ". Quality Improvement in Cystectomy Care with Enhanced Recovery (QUICCER Study)". BJU international. 2016; .
Kelly KN, Noyes K, Dolan J, Fleming F, Monson JR, Gonzalez M, Sevdalis N, Dozier A. "Patient perspective on care transitions after colorectal surgery." Journal of Surgical Research. 2016; 203(203): 103-12.

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