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James Doty

James R. Doty, M.D. is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Founder and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University (CCARE).  He works with a number of scientists in a variety of disciplines to understand the neural underpinnings of compassion, its physiological effects and to develop validated techniques to potentiate one’s compassion.
In addition to being a neurosurgeon, he is also an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. His philanthropic works supports a variety of programs throughout the world including those for HIV/AIDS programs, blood banks, medical care in third world countries and peace initiatives. Additionally, he has endowed chairs at major universities including Stanford University School of Medicine and his alma mater, Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving on the Board of a number of non-profit foundations, he is a Senior Advisor to the World Peace Festival and the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.