Professor Finan qualified in medicine from Bristol in 1974 and, having completed his pre-registration posts in Bristol, taught anatomy in both Cardiff and Iowa, USA. His surgical training was completed in Bristol, Oxford, Leeds, and St Mark’s Hospital in London. He was awarded an MD after a period of research in Cambridge. He was appointed as a consultant in general and colorectal surgery in 1986.
Professor Finan’s research has been primarily related to colorectal cancer. He is the author, or co-author, of over 140 peer-reviewed papers and has lectured widely in the field. He served as Hon Treasurer, and Hon Secretary of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and was President in 2006/7. He was also clinical lead for the national bowel cancer audit for four years and served as Chair of the colorectal site specific clinical reference group of the National Cancer Intelligence Network for six years. His on-going research, with Professor Eva Morris, is to investigate differences in management of colorectal cancer at a national level and to look at variance in outcomes at a population level throughout England.