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

  • 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., 1991, San Diego State University
  • M.D., 1995, Stanford University
  • M.C.R., 2013, OHSU
  • 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


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