DR. JAMES. R. DOTY
Dr. Doty 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 Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and
Education (CCARE) of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. Most
recently, his academic focus is on meditation, compassion, and self-compassion for which he
has lectured throughout the world.
Dr. Doty throughout his career has had a broad interest in the field of neurosurgery and has
been a pioneer in the development and use of the CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery device.
Additionally, he is trained as a paediatric neurosurgeon and is an expert in the field of minimally
invasive and complex spine surgery. He has published extensively in these areas. Dr. Doty is also
editor of the textbook, “Surgical Disorders of the Sacrum”.
Presently, Dr. Doty is on sabbatical from his neurosurgical practice.
Dr. Doty for the last several years has focused on the study of the neural bases compassion and
the value proposition of being compassionate in regard to mental and physiologic health, as
well as longevity. He works has been published in a large number of peer-reviewed academic
journals. He is the senior editor of the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science.
Dr. Doty is the author of the NY Times and international bestselling author of “Into the Magic
Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the
Heart which has been translated into almost 40 languages and editions. His book was used by
the K-Pop music sensation, BTS, as the basis for their third album, “Love Yourself: Tear” in
which there is a song called, “Magic Shop”.
His new book, “Mind Magic: The Neuroscience of Manifestation and How It Changes Everything
will be published in the fall of 2022.
Dr. Doty has supported health clinics around the world and programs for the disabled, as well
as programs for teens and adolescents affected by AIDS/HIV. He has supported research
programs at a number of universities and has endowed chairs at multiple universities.