Considered among America’s Top Doctors for Cancer by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., Dr. Jonathan Lester Finlay provides top-of-the-line care as the program director of neuro-oncology in the division of hematology, oncology and BMT at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. With more than 40 years of medical experience, Dr. Finlay is regarded for his development of therapeutic strategies for patients with malignant brain tumors. Licensed to practice medicine in the states of Ohio and California, Dr. Finlay is the first recipient of The Elizabeth and Richard Germain Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer. He is also the principal investigator for the hospital-based research faculty.
Dr. Finlay’s expertise in his field is supported by his robust educational background. Born in Manchester, England, Dr. Finlay matriculated at the University of Birmingham, where he earned several degrees before immigrating to the United States in 1976. His academic diplomas include a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, with honors, in 1970; a bachelor’s degree in surgery in 1973; and a Bachelor of Medicine, also obtained in 1973. In the ensuing years, he interned at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and the University Hospital of North Staffordshire City General; completed a residency in pediatrics through the Birmingham Children’s Hospital & Maternity Hospital, as well as another residency in pediatrics and pediatric oncology through The Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute; and undertook fellowships through the University of Wisconsin Madison (UW-Madison) American Family Children’s Hospital, one in pediatric immunology and the other in pediatric hematology/oncology. Additionally, Dr. Finlay earned certifications from the American Board of Pediatrics (1984) and American Board of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (1987).
Throughout the course of his revered career, Dr. Finlay has held many prominent roles, including The Audrey and Bill Wilder Endowed Chair in Neuro-Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; clinical director for the Autologous Blood & Marrow Transplantation Program at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Biological Diseases; and a consulting neuro-oncologist for the pediatric hematology and oncology division at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Finlay has shared his knowledge in the medical field as an educator. His noteworthy roles in academia include his current position as professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University and a previous assignment as professor of clinical pediatrics, neurology and neurological surgery at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Furthermore, Dr. Finlay served as an associate professor of pediatrics at three prominent medical universities: Weill Cornell Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania and UW-Madison.
In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, Dr. Finlay received the International Pediatric Oncology Recognition Award (2016) from the Society for NeuroOncology Latin America. Further, he was bestowed with the Outstanding Clinical Translational Investigator Award (2016) from the division of hematology, oncology and BMT from National Children Hospital; Medical Visionary Award (2009) from the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation; Top Ten Oncologists Award (2013) from the American Registry; First Annual Inspiration Recognition Award (2000) from the Andrew J. Gargiso Foundation; and the Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award (1986-1987) from the University of Wisconsin Center for Health Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Finlay was recognized in “Top Doctors for Cancer” by Newsweek, “Vitals Top Ten Doctors by State,” “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors Inc., and “Los Angeles Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., among many other accolades.
Marquis Who’s Who featured Dr. Finlay in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the World.
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