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George Molina, M.D.


Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDBS05/2006Molecular and Cellular Biology
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAMD05/2011Medicine
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MAMPH05/2011Quantitative Methods
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA06/2018Residency in General Surgery
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA07/2020Fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology
2021 - 2026
Minority Faculty Career Development Award (MFCDA)

Dr. George Molina is a practicing Surgical Oncologist in the Division of Surgical Oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and the Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Molina obtained an MPH in Quantitative Methods from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). As part of his training in General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), he completed a two-year post-graduate research fellowship at Ariadne Labs, a joint health systems innovation center of BWH and HSPH. Dr. Molina has previously demonstrated that implementation of a surgical safety checklist was associated with improvements in the perceived culture of surgical safety in South Carolina, and that state-wide implementation of the surgical safety checklist was associated with a significant reduction in postoperative mortality.

Dr. Molina's current research interests include improving the safety, quality, and equity of surgical care through health systems innovation. He is also interested in understanding how patients navigate cancer care and the impact of fragmentation of cancer care on disparities in surgical outcomes in the United States. Dr. Molina conducts his research at the Center for Surgery and Public Health and at Ariadne Labs.

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  1. KL2 TR002542 (George Molina) Oct 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2023
    Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center (NCATS, NIH)
    Identifying factors associated with variation in surgical treatment of colorectal liver metastasis
    Role Description: The goals of this study are to conduct a county-level spatiotemporal analysis to assess the relationship between clinical, sociodemographic, and geographic characteristics and likelihood of undergoing surgical treatment of colorectal liver metastasis in the United States between 2010 and 2018 and to develop an institutional database to identify clinical and sociodemographic characteristics associated with surgical treatment of colorectal liver metastasis at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Hospital between 2010 and 2020.
    Role: PI
  2. (Douglas S. Smink) Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2022
    Risk Management Foundation/CRICO
    Surgical Coaching for Operative Performance Enhancement (SCOPE)
    Role Description: The aim of this work is to advance surgical coaching at CRICO-insured hospitals. The specific aims include, 1) To measure feasibility and utility of intraoperative 360 feedback surveys for surgeons engaged in the SCOPE program, and 2) Develop performance metrics for analysis of multiport intraoperative data.
    Role: Co-Investigator
  3. (Asaf Biton) Apr 1, 2020 - Nov 30, 2020
    Argosy Foundation
    Addressing Resource Needs in Health Care Systems' COVID-19 Response
    Role Description: The aim of this project was to aid health care systems in addressing the challenges of resource management at a point of critical need (e.g., infectious epidemic or pandemic) by focusing on three specific areas: 1) redeployment of human resources for COVID-19 frontline needs, 2) rapid onboarding of redeployed clinicians, and 3) post-COVID-19 surgical triage.
    Role: Co-Investigator

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  1. Sulciner ML, Ashley SW, Molina G. Advances and Remaining Challenges in the Treatment for Borderline Resectable and Locally Advanced Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma. J Clin Med. 2022 Aug 19; 11(16). PMID: 36013111.
  2. Powell BL, Jones A, Clancy T, Fairweather M, Wang J, Molina G. Association of Liver Resection and Visiting More Than One Commission on Cancer Hospital for Colorectal Cancer With Liver Metastasis. J Surg Res. 2022 Nov; 279:247-255. PMID: 35797752.
    Citations:    Fields:    
  3. Pastrana Del Valle J, Fillmore NR, Molina G, Fairweather M, Wang J, Clancy TE, Ashley SW, Urman RD, Whang EE, Gold JS. ASO Visual Abstract: Socioeconomic Disparities in Pancreas Cancer Resection and Survival in the Veterans Health Administration. Ann Surg Oncol. 2022 05; 29(5):3205. PMID: 35132489.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Jones A, Kaelberer Z, Clancy T, Fairweather M, Wang J, Molina G. Association between race, hospital volume of major liver surgery, and access to metastasectomy for colorectal liver metastasis. Am J Surg. 2022 07; 224(1 Pt B):522-529. PMID: 35125184.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Del Valle JP, Fillmore NR, Molina G, Fairweather M, Wang J, Clancy TE, Ashley SW, Urman RD, Whang EE, Gold JS. Socioeconomic Disparities in Pancreas Cancer Resection and Survival in the Veterans Health Administration. Ann Surg Oncol. 2022 May; 29(5):3194-3202. PMID: 35006509.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Chang DC, Oseni TO, Strong BL, Molina G, Ortega G, Chen H, Rogers SO. The Other Global Pandemic: Scientific Racism and the Normality Bias. Ann Surg. 2021 12 01; 274(6):e646-e648. PMID: 34387208.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  7. Molina G, Haynes AB, Brindle ME. Where do we go now? Evolution of the surgical safety checklist in the era of high-performing programmes. Anaesthesia. 2022 02; 77(2):135-138. PMID: 34643939.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Saadat LV, Molina G. Are we appropriately following patients with incidental pancreatic cysts? Am J Surg. 2021 11; 222(5):890-891. PMID: 34538609.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Panda N, Sinyard RD, Henrich N, Cauley CE, Hannenberg AA, Sonnay Y, Bitton A, Brindle M, Molina G. Redeployment of Health Care Workers in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study of Health System Leaders' Strategies. J Patient Saf. 2021 06 01; 17(4):256-263. PMID: 33797460.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  10. Panda N, Etheridge JC, Singh T, Sonnay Y, Molina G, Burian BK, Capo-Chichi N, Cauley CE, de Beer DAH, Derbew M, Dias RD, Fearon MC, Feyssa MD, Hagen K, Kumar M, Mammo TN, Mariano ER, Merry A, Mushayandebvu B, Nabukenya MT, Shah M, Spruce L, Weiser TG, Brindle ME. We Asked the Experts: The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations for Content and Implementation Adaptations. World J Surg. 2021 05; 45(5):1293-1296. PMID: 33638023.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  11. Anderson MA, Dhami RS, Fadzen CM, Molina G, Taylor MS, Deshpande V, Qadan M, Catalano OA, Ferrone CR, Mojtahed A. CT and MRI features differentiating mucinous cystic neoplasms of the liver from pathologically simple cysts. Clin Imaging. 2021 Aug; 76:46-52. PMID: 33549919.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Mueller JL, Molina G, Ferrone CR, Chang DC, Vagefi P, Tanabe KK, Clancy TE, Qadan M. Open hepatic resection in the elderly at two tertiary referral centers. Am J Surg. 2021 Sep; 222(3):594-598. PMID: 33518291.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Moyal-Smith R, Sinyard RD, Goodwin G, Henrich N, Molina G, Haas S. Rapid Onboarding: A Toolkit for Redeployed Clinicians. New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst. 2020; 1(6). View Publication.
  14. Cone EB, Marchese M, Paciotti M, Nguyen DD, Nabi J, Cole AP, Molina G, Molina RL, Minami CA, Mucci LA, Kibel AS, Trinh QD. Assessment of Time-to-Treatment Initiation and Survival in a Cohort of Patients With Common Cancers. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 12 01; 3(12):e2030072. PMID: 33315115.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Panda N, Koritsanszky L, Delisle M, Anyomih TTK, Desai EV, Sonnay Y, Molina G, Madani K, Vervoort D, Weiser TG, Benjamin EM, Haynes AB. Global Survey of Perceptions of the Surgical Safety Checklist Among Medical Students, Trainees, and Early Career Providers. World J Surg. 2020 09; 44(9):2857-2868. PMID: 32307554; PMCID: PMC7390667.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Molina G, Clancy TE, Tsai TC, Lam M, Wang J. Racial Disparity in Pancreatoduodenectomy for Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Feb; 28(2):1088-1096. PMID: 32651695.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Molina G, Mehtsun WT, Qadan M, Hause KC, Raut CP, Fairweather M. Virtual Interviews for the Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship: The Dana-Farber/Partners Experience. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020 Sep; 27(9):3103-3106. PMID: 32613367; PMCID: PMC7328646.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  18. Molina G, Ferrone CR, Qadan M. Failure to Refer Patients with Colorectal Liver Metastases to a Multidisciplinary Oncology Team Should be a "Never-Event". J Natl Med Assoc. 2020 Oct; 112(5):553-555. PMID: 32576388.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Rauwerdink DJW, Molina G, Frederick DT, Sharova T, van der Hage J, Cohen S, Boland GM. Mixed Response to Immunotherapy in Patients with Metastatic Melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020 Sep; 27(9):3488-3497. PMID: 32472413.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Rauwerdink DJW, Molina G, Frederick DT, Sharova T, Carmichael H, Boland GM. Adjuvant Therapy Failure Patterns in the Modern Era of Melanoma Management. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020 Dec; 27(13):5128-5136. PMID: 32447656.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Molina G, Qadan M. ASO Author Reflections: The Importance of Supporting the Mental Health of Patients Undergoing Elective Pancreatectomy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020 Oct; 27(11):4551-4552. PMID: 32378084.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Molina G, Sell NM, Fernández-Del Castillo C, Ferrone CR, Lillemoe KD, Qadan M. Diagnosis of Depression is Associated with Readmission Following Elective Pancreatectomy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020 Oct; 27(11):4544-4550. PMID: 32356271.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Molina G, Kasumova GG, Qadan M, Boland GM. Use of immunotherapy and surgery for stage IV melanoma. Cancer. 2020 06 01; 126(11):2614-2624. PMID: 32157676.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Chawla A, Molina G, Pak LM, Rosenthal M, Mancias JD, Clancy TE, Wolpin BM, Wang J. Neoadjuvant Therapy is Associated with Improved Survival in Borderline-Resectable Pancreatic Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020 Apr; 27(4):1191-1200. PMID: 31802297.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Molina G, Qadan M. Addressing fragmentation of care requires strengthening of health systems and cross-institutional collaboration. Cancer. 2019 10 01; 125(19):3296-3298. PMID: 31299086.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Chang DC, López DB, Molina G. Culturally Competent Science. JAMA Surg. 2018 08 01; 153(8):699-700. PMID: 29874374.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Saraidaridis JT, Molina G, Savit LR, Milch H, Mei T, Chin S, Kuo J, Bordeianou L. Pudendal nerve terminal motor latency testing does not provide useful information in guiding therapy for fecal incontinence. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2018 Mar; 33(3):305-310. PMID: 29330765.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Haynes AB, Edmondson L, Lipsitz SR, Molina G, Neville BA, Singer SJ, Moonan AT, Childers AK, Foster R, Gibbons LR, Gawande AA, Berry WR. Mortality Trends After a Voluntary Checklist-based Surgical Safety Collaborative. Ann Surg. 2017 12; 266(6):923-929. PMID: 29140848.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Molina G, Berry WR, Lipsitz SR, Edmondson L, Li Z, Neville BA, Moonan AT, Gibbons LR, Gawande AA, Singer SJ, Haynes AB. Perception of Safety of Surgical Practice Among Operating Room Personnel From Survey Data Is Associated With All-cause 30-day Postoperative Death Rate in South Carolina. Ann Surg. 2017 10; 266(4):658-666. PMID: 28657942.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Alidina S, Hur HC, Berry WR, Molina G, Guenthner G, Modest AM, Singer SJ. Narrative feedback from OR personnel about the safety of their surgical practice before and after a surgical safety checklist intervention. Int J Qual Health Care. 2017 Aug 01; 29(4):461-469. PMID: 28482011.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Wakeam E, Molina G, Shah N, Lipsitz SR, Chang DC, Gawande AA, Haynes AB. Variation in the cost of 5 common operations in the United States. Surgery. 2017 09; 162(3):592-604. PMID: 28728882.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Hull MA, Molina G, Niemierko A, Haynes AB, Jacobson A, Bernstein KA, Chen YL, DeLaney TF, Mullen JT. Improved local control with an aggressive strategy of preoperative (with or without intraoperative) radiation therapy combined with radical surgical resection for retroperitoneal sarcoma. J Surg Oncol. 2017 May; 115(6):746-751. PMID: 28127762.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Molina G, Hull MA, Chen YL, DeLaney TF, De Amorim Bernstein K, Choy E, Cote G, Harmon DC, Mullen JT, Haynes AB. Preoperative radiation therapy combined with radical surgical resection is associated with a lower rate of local recurrence when treating unifocal, primary retroperitoneal liposarcoma. J Surg Oncol. 2016 Dec; 114(7):814-820. PMID: 27634478.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Singer SJ, Molina G, Li Z, Jiang W, Nurudeen S, Kite JG, Edmondson L, Foster R, Haynes AB, Berry WR. Relationship Between Operating Room Teamwork, Contextual Factors, and Safety Checklist Performance. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 10; 223(4):568-580.e2. PMID: 27469627.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  35. Molina G, Neville BA, Lipsitz SR, Gibbons L, Childers AK, Gawande AA, Berry WR, Haynes AB. Postoperative acute care use after freestanding ambulatory surgery. J Surg Res. 2016 10; 205(2):331-340. PMID: 27664881.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Molina G, Weiser TG, Haynes AB. Maternal and Neonatal Mortality After Cesarean Delivery--Reply. JAMA. 2016 May 10; 315(18):2017. PMID: 27163993.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Weiser TG, Haynes AB, Molina G, Lipsitz SR, Esquivel MM, Uribe-Leitz T, Fu R, Azad T, Chao TE, Berry WR, Gawande AA. Size and distribution of the global volume of surgery in 2012. Bull World Health Organ. 2016 Mar 01; 94(3):201-209F. PMID: 26966331; PMCID: PMC4773932.
    Citations: 140     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Molina G, Jiang W, Edmondson L, Gibbons L, Huang LC, Kiang MV, Haynes AB, Gawande AA, Berry WR, Singer SJ. Implementation of the Surgical Safety Checklist in South Carolina Hospitals Is Associated with Improvement in Perceived Perioperative Safety. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 05; 222(5):725-736.e5. PMID: 27049781.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Molina G, Weiser TG, Lipsitz SR, Esquivel MM, Uribe-Leitz T, Azad T, Shah N, Semrau K, Berry WR, Gawande AA, Haynes AB. Relationship Between Cesarean Delivery Rate and Maternal and Neonatal Mortality. JAMA. 2015 Dec 01; 314(21):2263-70. PMID: 26624825.
    Citations: 156     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Esquivel MM, Molina G, Uribe-Leitz T, Lipsitz SR, Rose J, Bickler S, Gawande AA, Haynes AB, Weiser TG. Proposed Minimum Rates of Surgery to Support Desirable Health Outcomes: An Observational Study Based on Three Strategies. World J Surg. 2015 Sep; 39(9):2126-31. PMID: 25968342.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Uribe-Leitz T, Esquivel MM, Molina G, Lipsitz SR, Verguet S, Rose J, Bickler SW, Gawande AA, Haynes AB, Weiser TG. Projections for Achieving the Lancet Commission Recommended Surgical Rate of 5000 Operations per 100,000 Population by Region-Specific Surgical Rate Estimates. World J Surg. 2015 Sep; 39(9):2168-72. PMID: 26067635.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Molina G, Bordeianou L, Shellito P, Sylla P. Transanal endoscopic resection with peritoneal entry: a word of caution. Surg Endosc. 2016 May; 30(5):1816-25. PMID: 26264697.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. Alkire BC, Raykar NP, Shrime MG, Weiser TG, Bickler SW, Rose JA, Nutt CT, Greenberg SL, Kotagal M, Riesel JN, Esquivel M, Uribe-Leitz T, Molina G, Roy N, Meara JG, Farmer PE. Global access to surgical care: a modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Jun; 3(6):e316-23. PMID: 25926087.
    Citations: 142     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  44. Verguet S, Alkire BC, Bickler SW, Lauer JA, Uribe-Leitz T, Molina G, Weiser TG, Yamey G, Shrime MG. Timing and cost of scaling up surgical services in low-income and middle-income countries from 2012 to 2030: a modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Apr 27; 3 Suppl 2:S28-37. PMID: 25926318.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Weiser TG, Haynes AB, Molina G, Lipsitz SR, Esquivel MM, Uribe-Leitz T, Fu R, Azad T, Chao TE, Berry WR, Gawande AA. Estimate of the global volume of surgery in 2012: an assessment supporting improved health outcomes. Lancet. 2015 Apr 27; 385 Suppl 2:S11. PMID: 26313057.
    Citations: 151     Fields:    
  46. Uribe-Leitz T, Esquivel MM, Molina G, Lipsitz SR, Verguet S, Rose J, Bickler SW, Gawande AA, Haynes AB, Weiser TG. Projections to achieve minimum surgical rate threshold: an observational study. Lancet. 2015 Apr 27; 385 Suppl 2:S14. PMID: 26313060.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  47. Molina G, Esquivel MM, Uribe-Leitz T, Lipsitz SR, Azad T, Shah N, Semrau K, Berry WR, Gwande AA, Weiser TG, Haynes AB. Avoidable maternal and neonatal deaths associated with improving access to caesarean delivery in countries with low caesarean delivery rates: an ecological modelling analysis. Lancet. 2015 Apr 27; 385 Suppl 2:S33. PMID: 26313081.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    
  48. Esquivel MM, Molina G, Uribe-Leitz T, Lipsitz SR, Rose J, Bickler SW, Gawande AA, Haynes AB, Weiser TG. Proposed minimum rates of surgery to support desirable health outcomes: an observational study based on four strategies. Lancet. 2015 Apr 27; 385 Suppl 2:S12. PMID: 26313058.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  49. Nau P, Molina G, Shima A, Hani A, Meireles O. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is associated with an increased exposure to ionizing radiation. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2015 Mar-Apr; 11(2):308-12. PMID: 25820075.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  50. Molina G, Funk LM, Rodriguez V, Lipsitz SR, Gawande A. Evaluation of surgical care in El Salvador using the WHO surgical vital statistics. World J Surg. 2013 Jun; 37(6):1227-35. PMID: 23525599.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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