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Jim Doty is a Stanford neurosurgeon, neuroscientist, compassion researcher, inventor, entrepreneur, NY Times bestselling author and philanthropist.

He is the author of a self-help book called Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.

On May 7, 2024, the new book titled Mind Magic: The Neuroscience of Manifestation and How It Changes Everything will be released.



"Professor Doty’s work is vital to saving our planet"

Duke of Sussex

Prince Harry

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Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama

"Dr. Doty brings his heart to every problem and through his heart creates change"

Nobel Peace Prize Winner

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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James R Doty

"Jim sees the world through a lens of compassion which allows others to feel safe and to thrive"

American Actor and Producer

Jon Hamm

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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.

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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.

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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 spring of 2024.


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.

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Dr. Doty has lectured around the world at a variety of universities, symposia and events. He has also spoken at numerous TEDx events and has been interviewed for a number of podcasts. He has also been in dialogue with numerousluminaries through the CCARE “Conversations on Compassion” Series and his Into the Magic Shop podcast including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Werner Erhard, Thich Nhat Hahn, Jon Hamm and many others. 


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