James R. Doty, M.D. is a neurosurgeon, neuroscientist, inventor, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist dedicated to the science and application of compassion. He is an adjunct professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Doty founded and currently directs the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). Additionally, he has been formally named by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as his Personal Emissary.
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Doty’s research has demonstrated the power of compassion to improve physical and mental health outcomes. At CCARE, he has developed therapeutic interventions that address self-worth, stress, and anxiety. These innovations are used and taught throughout the world.
Presently, Dr. Doty is developing a digital app that uses artificial intelligence, natural language programming, and machine learning to create a “virtual friend” to assist with mental health issues. In keeping with his interest in mental health interventions, he has been following research on the therapeutic use of psychedelics. He has participated in multiple panels and conferences devoted to this topic. Additionally, Dr. Doty regularly advises corporations including Google, Facebook, Apple, and LinkedIn about leveraging the power of compassion to change lives. He is presently a consultant for Microsoft, advising them on best practices for creating a compassionate and empathetic work environment.
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