Prof. James Doty

​James Doty is a multi-talented gentle force to be reckoned with. As a neurosurgeon he is on a constant quest to discover the mysteries of the brain and the secrets of the heart. When he is not picking his patients’ brains, he works as founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford.

While not picking his patients’ brains (literally), James works as the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford where his projects have taken him into close personal collaboration with living spiritual masters such as H.H. Dalai Lama, Amma and Thich Nhat Hanh.

James is a multi-talented gentle force of nature manifesting in the form of an ex-army major, entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist and New York Times bestselling author.

His book “Into the Magic Shop” is currently translated into over 30 languages.

Doty’s award-winning career and his interest in doing good stem from growing up in a family on public assistance. As a result, he saw the paradox of why those with power, influence or position would not intervene in situations where others were suffering and conversely saw those with little or nothing often giving everything to help someone.

Knowing yourself
is the beginning of all wisdom.

Aristotle