James R. Doty, M.D.

School: M.D., Tulane University, Medicine (1981)

Expertise: James R. Doty, MD has been on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine since 1997 in the Neurosurgery Department as a professor and more recently as an adjunct professor. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford. Most recently, his academic focus is on meditation, compassion, and self-compassion.

James R. Doty, M.D.


Dr. Doty's interest for many years has focused on neuro-oncology (brain tumors) and utilizing both surgery and stereotactically focused radiation to treat solid tumors of the nervous system primarily utilizing the CyberKnife.

In addition, he is an expert in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery.

More recently, his interests revolve around understanding the neural, social and mental bases of compassion and altruism using a multi-disciplinary approach.


  • M.D., Tulane University, Medicine (1981)
  • B.S., University of California, Irvine, Biological Sciences (1978)