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

  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery, School of Medicine


  • Cancer
  • Digestive Health
  • Surgery

Special focus on

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • GI Tract - Upper (includes esophagus, stomach, gallbladder and biliary system)
  • Laparoscopic and Endoscopic 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 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)


  • English

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

Patient ratings

4.9 out of 5 (221 Ratings, 96 Comments)

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