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About Dr. James R. Doty

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.

James R. Doty, M.D. is a neurosurgeon, neuroscientist, inventor, entrepreneur,
author, and philanthropist dedicated to the science and application of
compassion.

Dr. James Doty and his Holiness the Dalai Lama

BOOKS AND MEDIA

Dr. Doty is the senior editor of the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science. Additionally, he is the author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart, a New York Times bestseller that has inspired an album (Love Yourself: Tear by K-pop sensation BTS), an upcoming podcast, and even a movie. The movie, produced by Todd Black and starring actor Jon Hamm, is currently in production. Additionally, Dr. Doty is working with Will Smith and his production company, Westbrook, on a reality TV show that highlights individuals or organizations doing good in the world called “Hearts Unknown.”  

PHILANTHROPY

Dr. Doty has funded research and endowed chairs at multiple universities, created health clinics and blood banks around the world, and funded programs for teens and young adults affected by AIDS/HIV as well as programs for the disabled. He is the former chair of the Dalai Lama Foundation and the vice-chair of the Charter for Compassion and has been a senior advisor to the Council of the Parliaments of the World’s Religions. He is also a partner and advisor to the Archewell Foundation, founded by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle). Presently, he is collaborating with them to create an International Compassion Corps and a World Compassion Festival.

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