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James G. Dolan, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-0624

Office: (585) 276-5161

Fax: (585) 461-4532

Faculty Appointments


Professional Background

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 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.



  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine


BA | Colgate University

MD | Temple University Sch Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1981 - 06/30/1983
Fellowship in General Practice at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1978 - 06/30/1980
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1977 - 06/30/1978
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Mentor of Distinction Award, presented by Unity Health System Internal Medicine Residency Program Housestaff Association

Fellowship, American College of Physicians

Rochester Society for Internal Medicine Prize

Alpha Omega Alpha

Phi Beta Kappa

BA awarded Magna Cum Laude, Colgate University

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Journal Articles

Majeed Z, van Wijngaarden E, Dolan JG, Shah KN. "Depression partially mediated the relationship between basic psychological needs and quality of life among people living with HIV." AIDS care.. 2017 Nov 0; 29(11):1399-1403. Epub 2017 Mar 05.

Dolan JG, Veazie PJ. "The Feasibility of Sophisticated Multicriteria Support for Clinical Decisions." Medical decision making : an international journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making.. 2017 Oct 1; :272989X17736769. Epub 2017 Oct 01.

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 0; 31(4):555-62. Epub 2016 Jun 24.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Pyelonephritis
Book Title: Conn's Current Therapy. 53rd edition
Author List: Dumyati G, Dolan JG
Edited By: In Rakel RE & Bope ET eds
Published By: Philadelphia, WB Saunders2001

Chapter Title: Thyroid Nodule
Book Title: Diagnostic strategies for common medical problems
Author List: Dolan JG, Wittlin SD
Edited By: In Black ER, Bordley DR, Tape T eds
Published By: Philadelphia: American College of Physicians1999

Chapter Title: Thyroid Function Tests
Book Title: Diagnostic strategies for common medical problems. 2nd edition
Author List: Dolan JG, Wittlin SD
Edited By: In Black ER, Bordley DR, Tape T eds
Published By: Philadelphia: American College of Physicians1999