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James P. Dolan M.D., M.C.R., F.A.C.S.

  • (503) 494-4373
    • Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery School of Medicine
    • Program Director, Advanced Gastrointestinal/MIS Surgery Fellowship Surgery School of Medicine

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 and gastrointestinal tract. He also has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of primary and recurrent groin herniae and in robotic-assisted surgery.

His research interests are in the areas of esophageal disorders and esophageal cancer and he has published extensively in these areas. 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.


  • B.S., San Diego State University California 1991
  • M.D., Stanford University, Stanford California 1995
  • M.C.R., OHSU, Portland Oregon 2013
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, 1995-2002
  • Fellowship:

    • Postdoctoral, Tumor Immunology, University of California, San Francisco, 1998-2001
    • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, 2002-2004
  • Certifications:

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

Honors and awards

  • Excellent Performance Award, United States Air Force ROTC, 1989
  • Golden Key National Honors Society, 1990
  • University Scholar Award, SDSU, 1990
  • Mabel Mayer’s Award in Microbiology, SDSU, 1990
  • American Heart Association Research Award, 1990
  • Invited to Membership of Mortar Board, SDSU, 1990
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1990
  • U.S. Air Force, Health Professions Scholarship, 1991
  • Aerobic Fitness (Superior) Award, USAF, Officer Training Group, 1992
  • Medical Scholar Award, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1992
  • American Medical Association, Physician's Recognition Award, 2003-2008
  • Outstanding Clinical Paper Award, Portland Surgical Society, 2003
  • Western Society for Clinical Investigation Travel Award, 2004
  • USAF, Special Experience Identifier in Clinical and Academic Teaching, 2007
  • Citation: Guide to America’s Top Surgeons 2007-11
  • Patients’ Choice Award, Oregon, 2010
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Honor Roll, 2011
  • Portland’s Top Doctors, 2012
  • Karen and Josef E. Fischer International Traveling Fellowship Award, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 2013
  • Golden Rose Award, OHSU, 2015
  • Biomedical Innovations Program Award, OHSU, 2016
  • Technology Transfer & Business Development Award for Industry Sponsored Research, OHSU, 2018
  • J. David Bristow Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence, OHSU School of Medicine, 2018
  • International Visiting Scholar Award, Siriraj Hospital of Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2019

Memberships and associations

  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Society of American Gastroentestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentry Tract (SSAT)
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association (PCSA)
  • North Pacific Surgical Association (NPSA)
  • Alliance of Air National Guard Flight Surgeons (AANGFS)
  • International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
  • Howard C. Naffziger Surgical Society
  • American Foregut Society, (Founding Member)
  • Mackenzie Society
  • Portland Surgical Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • "Bile duct injury and use of cholangiography during laparoscopic cholecystectomy" British Journal of Surgery March 2011
  • "Lymph Node Harvest During Esophagectomy Is Not Influenced by Use of Neoadjuvant Therapy or Clinical Disease Stage" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery April 25 2015
  • "Gastrointestinal staple line reinforcement." Surgical technology international  2007
  • "Efficacy of transoral fundoplication vs omeprazole for treatment of regurgitation in a randomized controlled trial" Gastroenterology February 1 2015
  • "Evaluation of Endoscopic Full-Thickness Plication on Anti-Reflux Valve Competency" Journal of Surgical Education March 2008
  • "Significant understaging is seen in clinically staged T2N0 esophageal cancer patients undergoing esophagectomy" Diseases of the Esophagus  2015
  • "Impact of comorbidity on outcomes and overall survival after open and minimally invasive esophagectomy for locally advanced esophageal cancer" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques November 2013
  • "Dramatic decreases in mortality from laparoscopic colon resections based on data from the nationwide inpatient sample" JAMA Surgery May 2011
  • "The general surgery job market" Journal of the American College of Surgeons December 2013
  • "Bile duct injury after laparoscopic cholecystectomy in hospitals with and without surgical residency programs" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques June 2011
  • "Macrophages as effector cells in interleukin 12-induced T cell-dependent tumor rejection" Journal of Cancer Research September 1 2002
  • "Thyrotoxicosis after gastric bypass surgery prompting operative re-exploration" Obesity Surgery June 2005
  • "Patient and Peri-operative Predictors of Morbidity and Mortality After Esophagectomy" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery  2010
  • "Increased burst pressure in gastrointestinal staple-lines using reinforcement with a bioprosthetic material" Obesity Surgery November 2005
  • "Nomogram for predicting the benefit of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy for patients with esophageal cancer" Cancer February 15 2014
  • "A prospective, randomized comparison of pain, inflammatory response, and short-term outcomes between single port and laparoscopic cholecystectomy" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques April 2013
  • "Occult insulinoma" British Journal of Surgery  2000
  • "Comparison of perioperative outcomes after combined thoracoscopic-laparoscopic esophagectomy and open Ivor-Lewis esophagectomy" American Journal of Surgery May 2010
  • "Treatment of gallbladder disease during operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques December 2009
  • "Short Esophagus" Surgical Clinics of North America June 1 2015
  • "Optical fiber probe spectroscopy for laparoscopic monitoring of tissue oxygenation during esophagectomies" Journal of Biomedical Optics November 2010
  • "Ten-year trend in the national volume of bile duct injuries requiring operative repair" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques July 2005
  • "Does platelet administration affect mortality in elderly head-injured patients taking antiplatelet medications?" The American surgeon November 2009
  • "Surgical management of non-acid reflux unresponsive to medical therapy"   2011
  • "Major bile duct injury requiring operative reconstruction after laparoscopic cholecystectomy" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques August 15 2015
  • "The national mortality burden and significant factors associated with open and laparoscopic cholecystectomy" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery December 2009
  • "The Incidence of Hiatal Hernia After Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery  2014
  • "Molecular Marker Expression Is Highly Heterogeneous in Esophageal Adenocarcinoma and Does Not Predict a Response to Neoadjuvant Therapy" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery December 1 2015
  • "Neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas and gastrointestinal tract and carcinoid disease"   2008
  • "Splenectomy for immune thrombocytopenic purpura" American Journal of Hematology February 2008

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