James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. He is also a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Doty is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He holds a number of patents on devices which are used on patients around the world. He has founded multiple start-ups and is the former CEO of Accuray (NASDAQ:ARAY). He has provided support to a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. Dr. Doty has funded research, provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army having spent 9 years on active duty service in the Army Medical Corp.
He is on the Board of a number of non-profits and is the former chairman of the Dalai Lama Foundation and the former vice-chair of the Charter for Compassion. Doty is the Senior Editor of the recently published Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart” that has now been translated into 36 languages. His work has been citied in media throughout the world including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Guardian, Time Magazine and many others.