James Patrick Dolan, M.D.

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Surgery, Cancer, Digestive Health
Special Interests:
Esophageal Surgery, Nissen Fundoplication, Esophageal Cancer, GI Tract - Upper (includes esophagus, stomach, gallbladder and biliary system) , Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery
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Academic and Clinical Position

Associate Professor of Surgery


Dr. Dolan is a Distinguished Graduate in Microbiology from San Diego State University.  He received his medical degree from Stanford University and completed his surgical residency at the University of California, San Francisco. During his residency he undertook a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the area of tumor immunology with an emphasis in investigating the effects of interleukin-12 on solid cancer regression. After finishing residency training, he went on to completed fellowship training in advanced laparoscopic surgery at Oregon Health & Science University. 

Dr Dolan's clinical interests include minimally invasive and open surgery of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas and biliary system as well as minimally invasive adrenal and splenic surgery. He also has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of primary and recurrent herniae. 

His research interests are in the areas of gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal disorders, minimally invasive surgery and biliary system injury and outcomes. He is committed to patient communication and to the advancement of surgical treatments through research and education.

Dr Dolan is a U.S. military veteran.

Professional Education

  • Degree:
    M.D., Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1995
  • Residency:

    University of California at San Francisco (Intern & Junior resident)1995-1998

    University of California at San Francisco (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) 1998-2000

    University of California at San Francisco (Senior & Chief resident) 2000-2002

  • Fellowship:

    Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, 2002-2004

  • Certification:

    American Board of Surgery, 2003, recertified in 2013 (exp 2024)


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