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James Patrick Dolan M.D.

  • (503) 494-4373
    • Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery School of Medicine

Dr. Dolan is a graduate of Stanford University, School of Medicine. He completed his surgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco. While in residency, he also completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship in tumor immunology where he investigated the effect of Interleklin-12 on the regression of solid tumors. After residency, Dr. Dolan went on to complete a 2-year fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery at OHSU and was the recipient of a SAGES grant to study outcomes of common bile duct injury after laparoscopic surgery. After graduation, Dr. Dolan was assigned to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi where he completed 2 deployments in support of combat operation in Southwest Asia. He also spearheaded the reaccreditation of the surgery residency program at Keesler Medical Center in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, Dr. Dolan and his family returned to Oregon for a faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery. He is also the Associate Program Director for the Advanced GI/MIS fellowship and a member on a number of School of Medicine and hospital committees. His research interests are in the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal cancer and outcomes following laparoscopic surgery for malignant and benign conditions.

Dr. Dolan was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate and he is the recipient of numerous additional academic awards and military decorations. In 2013, he was awarded the Karen and Josef E. Fischer International Traveling Fellowship from the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT). He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), North Pacific Surgical Association (NPSA), Pacific Coast Surgical Association (PCSA) and SSAT. He is also an active member of the program committees for a number of these organizations.

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  • M.D., Stanford University, Stanford California 1995
  • 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)

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)


  • "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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