Jonathan Finks

Jonathan F. Finks, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery
Co-Director, Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative
Advisor, Global Health and Disparities Path of Excellence


Dr. Finks is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Michigan.  He attended Harvard College and received his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine.  He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati and a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Oregon Health & Science University.  Dr. Finks serves as co-director of the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, a payer-funded consortium of hospitals and surgeons in Michigan focused on quality improvement with bariatric surgery.  He is the assistant clerkship director for the Department of Surgery and an advisor for the Global Health and Disparities Path of Excellence in the Medical School.  He also spearheads a program to help with laparoscopic surgery skill development at St Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Finally, Dr. Finks serves as the faculty advisor and a founder of Doctors of Tomorrow, an outreach program with Cass Technical High School in Detroit designed to help under-represented students achieve careers in the medicine. 

Published Articles or Reviews

Peer-Reviewed Journals and Publications

Finks J, Wei Y, Birkmeyer J.  The rise and fall of antireflux surgery in the United States.  Surg Endosc. 2006; 20(11):1698-1701.

Waljee J, Windisch S, Finks J, Wong S, Birkmeyer J.  Classifiying cause of death after cancer surgery. Surg Innov 2006; 13(4):274-279.

Birkmeyer NJ, Share D, Baser O, Carlin AM, Finks JF, Pesta CM, Genaw JA, Birkmeyer JD.  Preoperative placement of inferior vena caval filters and outcomes after gastric bypass surgery.  Ann Surg 2010; 252(2):313-318.

Birkmeyer N, Dimick J, Share D, Hawasli A, English W, Genaw J, Finks J, Birkmeyer J. A population-based study of complications after bariatric surgery.  JAMA 2010; 304(4):435-442.

Finks J, Carlin A, Krause K, Poplawski S, Genaw J, Share D, Fan Z, Birkmeyer J, Birkmeyer N. The effect of surgical techniques on clinical outcomes following laparoscopic Roux-en Y gastric bypass – Results from the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative.  Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011; 7(3):284-289.

Finks JF, Osborne NH, Birkmeyer JD.  Trends in hospital volume and operative mortality with high risk surgery.  NEJM 2011; 364(22):2128-2137.

Finks JF, Kole K, Panduranga Y, English WJ, Krause K, Carlin A, Genaw J, Birkmeyer JD, Birkmeyer NJ.  Predicting Risk for Serious Complications With Bariatric Surgery: Results from the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative.  Ann Surg 2011; 254(4):633-640.

Finks JF, English WJ, Carlin AM, Krause KR, Share DA, Banerjee M, Birkmeyer JD, Birkmeyer NJ. Predicting risk for venous thromboembolism with bariatric surgery:  results from the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative.  Ann Surg 2012; 255(6):1100-1104.

Finks JF.  Comment on:  Risk stratification of serious adverse events after gastric bypass in the bariatric outcomes longitudinal database.  Surg Obes Relat Dis 2012; 8(6):677-678.

Birkmeyer NJO, Finks JF, Hawasli AA, Genaw JA, Share DA, Birkmeyer JD.  Comparative Effectiveness of Unfractionated and Low Molecular Weight Heparin for Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism Following Bariatric Surgery.  Archives of Surgery 2012; 147(11):994-998.

Birkmeyer NJO, Finks JF, Greenberg CK, McVeigh A, English WJ, Carlin A, Hawasli A, Share D, Birkmeyer JD.  Safety culture and complications after bariatric surgery.  Ann Surg 2013; 257(2):260-265

Birkmeyer NJ, Finks JF, English WJ, Carlin AM, Hawasli AA, Genaw JA, Wood MH, Share DA, Birkmeyer JD.  Risks and benefits of prophylactic inferior vena cava filters in patients undergoing bariatric surgery. J Hosp Med 2013; 8(4):173-177.

Carlin AM, Zeni TM, English WJ, Hawasli AA, Genaw JA, Krause KR, Schram JL, Kole KL, Finks JF, Birkmeyer JF, Share D, Birkmeyer NJ. The comparative effectiveness of sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding procedures for the treatment of morbid obesity. Ann Surg 2013; 257(5):791-797.

Inabnet WB 3rd, Bour E, Carlin AM, Clements R, Finks J, Hutter M, Joyce C, Marley K, Moran J, Morton J, Reavis K, Richardson WS, Satgunam S. Joint task force recommendations for credentialing of bariatric surgeons.  Surg Obes Relat Dis 2013; 9(5):595-597.

Birkmeyer JD, Finks JF, O’Reilly A, Oerline MS, Carlin AM, Nunn AR, Dimick JD, Banerjee M. Birkmeyer NJO.  Surgeon skill and complication rates after bariatric surgery.  NEJM 2013; 369(15):1434-1442

Dimick JB, Birkmeyer NJ, Finks JF, Share DA, English WJ, Carlin AM, Birkmeyer JD.  Composite measures for profiling hospitals on bariatric surgery performance.  JAMA Surg 2014; 149(1):10-6.

Krell RW, Birkmeyer NJ, Reames BN, Carlin AM, Birkmeyer JD, Finks JF.  Effects of resident involvement on complication rates after laparoscopic gastric bypass.  J Am Coll Surg 2014; 218(2):253-260.

Votruba K, Marshall D, Finks J, Giordani B. Neuropsychological factors and bariatric surgery: a review.  Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2014; 16(6):448.

Krell RW, Finks JF, English WJ, Dimick JB. Profiling hospitals on bariatric surgery quality: which outcomes are most reliable? J Am Coll Surg 2014; 219(4):725-734.

Reames BN, Finks JF, Bacal D, Carlin AM, Dimick JB. Changes in bariatric surgery procedure use in Michigan, 2006-2013. JAMA 2014; 312(9):959-961.

Finks JF, Dimick JB. An updated National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel on Bariatric Surgery.  JAMA Surg. 2014; 149(12):1287-1288. (Commentary)

Dimick JB, Finks JF. The beginning of the end for laparoscopic banding. JAMA Surg 2014; 149(12):1287-1288. (Commentary)

Reames BN, Bacal D, Krell RW, Birkmeyer JD, Birkmeyer NJ, Finks JF. Influence of median surgeon operative duration on adverse outcomes in bariatric surgery.  Surg Obes Relat Dis 2015; 11(1):207-213.

Varban OA, Hawasli AA, Carlin AM, Genaw JA, English W, Dimick JB, Birkmeyer JD, Birkmeyer NJ, Finks JF.  Variation in utilization of acid-reducing medication at 1 year following bariatric surgery:  results from the Michigian Bariatric Surgery Collaborative.  Surg Obes Relat Dis 2015; 11(1):222-228.

Rooney DM, Brissman IC, Finks JF, Gauger PG.  Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Manual Test: Is videotaped performance assessment an option? J Surg Educ 2015; 72(1):90-95.

Varban OA, Reames BN, Finks JF, Thumma JR, Dimick JB. Hospital volume and outcomes for laparoscopic gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding in the modern era.  Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2015; 11(2):343-349.

Nagendran M, Carlin AM, Bacal D, Genaw JA, Hawasli AA, Birkmeyer NJ, Finks JF; for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative.  Self-reported remission of obstructive sleep apnea following bariatric surgery:  cohort study.  Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2015; 11(3):697-703.

Yates E, Finks JF, Sandhu G. Re:  The diagnostic skills of fourteen-year olds.  Med Teach 2015; 13:1 (Letter)

Waljee JF, Ghaferi A, Finks JF, Cassidy R, Varban O, Carlin A, Carlozzi N, Dimick J. Variation in patient-reported outcomes across hospitals following surgery.  Medical Care 2015; 53(11):960-966.

Varban OA, Cassidy RB, Sheetz KH, Cain-Nielsen A, Carlin AM, Schram JL, Weiner MJ, Bacal D, Stricklen A, Finks JF. Technique or technology: evaluating leaks after gastric bypass.  Surg Obes Relat Dis 2016; 12(2):264-272.

Muir LA, Neeley CK, Meyer KA, Baker NA, Brosius AM, Washabaugh AR, Varban OA, Finks JF, Zamarron BF, Flesher CG, Chang JS, DelProposto JB, Geletka L, Martinez-Santibanez G, Kaciroti N, Lumeng CN, O’Rourke RW.  Adipose tissue fibrosis, hypertrophy, and hyperplasia: Correlations with diabetes in human obesity.  Obesity (Silver Spring) 2016; 24(3):597-605.

Waljee JF, Ghaferi A, Cassidy R, Varban O, Finks J, Chung KC, Carlozzi NE, Dimick JB. Are patient-reported outcomes correlated with clinical outcomes after surgery.  A population-based study.

Varban OA, Sheetz KH, Cassidy RB, Stricklen A, Carlin AM, Dimick JB, Finks JF. Evaluating the effect of operative technique on leaks after laparoscopic gastric bypass: a case control study. SOARD 2016 (Epub ahead of print).

Book Chapters

Finks JF, Hunter JG:  Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.  In Rakel RE, Bope ET (eds.):  Conn’s Current Therapy, 58th Edition, WB Saunders Company, 2005.

Finks JF, Hunter JG:  The Esophagus.  In Becker J (ed.):  Essentials of Surgery, Elsevier Science, 2005.

Finks JF, Hunter JG:  Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication.  In Patterson GA, et al. (eds.):  Pearson’s Thoracic & Esophageal Surgery, 3rd Edition, Elsevier Science, 2008

Finks JF.  Quality of life after esophagectomy.  In Jobe BA, Thomas CR, Hunter JG (eds.): Esophageal Tumors: Principles and Practice. Demos Medical Publishing, 2009.

Song, JW, Finks JF.  Clinical Vignettes, In Grisson, RD, Song JW (eds.):  Deja Review Histology & Medical Cell Biology, 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill, 2010.

Vemuri C, Finks JF.  Appendectomy.  In Minter RM, Doherty GM (eds.):  Current Procedures:  Surgery.  McGraw-Hill, July, 2010.

Lee CJ, Finks JF:  Surgery of the Hiatus.  In Minter RM, Doherty GM (eds.):  Current Procedures:  Surgery.  McGraw-Hill, July, 2010.

Ammori J, Finks JF.  Bariatric Surgery.  In Minter RM, Doherty GM (eds.):  Current Procedures:  Surgery.  McGraw-Hill, July, 2010

Finks JF.  Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication video in Access Surgery, McGraw Hill, 2010.

Finks JF.  Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch:  Open technique. In Goldblatt M, Needleman B (eds.):  Clinical Review of Bariatric Surgery.  Catalyst Publishers, Jan 2010.

Finks JF. Complications of laparoscopic Surgery, In Mulholland MW, Doherty GM (eds): Complications in Surgery.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.

Finks JF.  Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication in Vernon A, Ashley S (eds.)Atlas of Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques, Elsevier, Dec 2011

Finks JF.  Gastroesophageal reflux disease.  In Dimick J, Upchurch G, Sonnenday C (eds.):  Clinical Scenarios in General Surgery.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.

Finks JF. Recurrent inguinal hernia (Trans-abdominal Preperitoneal Repair).  In Dimick J, Upchurch G, Sonnenday C (eds.):  Clinical Scenarios in General Surgery.  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.

Finks JF.  Collaborative quality improvement.  In Dimick J, Greenburg C (eds.): Success in Academic Surgery:  Health Services Research.  Springer (in Press)

English W, Finks JF.  National accreditation in bariatric surgery, reporting complications and the process for local review of data and process improvement.  In Blackstone RP (ed.) Bariatric Surgery Complications.  Springer (in Press).