James Patrick Dolan M.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Associate Professor of Surgery

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

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (303 Ratings, 109 Comments)

Expertise

  • 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
  • Nissen Fundoplication

Education

  • 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)

Biography

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.

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Languages

  • 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)

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (303 Ratings, 109 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Apr 22, 2019

    Dr. Dolan is always take time to listen to you and explain everything to you. I know he's very busy and he's got many patients, but he never rushed you is always very courteous and the looks that way it's also a very he's teaching, you know, the his residence and I mean, it's just he's a compassionate man and he did two surgeries on my stomach and every single time. I always come away with I understand what was going on. I know what I had to do. So I really really appreciate his turn on that of explaining everything doesn't happen too often now these days because everybody just rush rush and the using the computers all the time.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    He listened, he understood my condition and validated me, which was very important to me and he took care of me in a futuristic manner that gave me hope, great hope after years of struggling with an uncommon condition that is very real and gave me answers that now I have hope that I may be able to get over this condition and he believed in me. He was courteous, respectful and he believed in me.

  • Apr 14, 2019

    Respectful. Knowledgeable about my history and current problems. Working to find answers. Reassuring.

  • Apr 14, 2019

    Very professional

  • Apr 13, 2019

    Dr. Dolan and his staff were on time and listened to our concerns.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    I like Mr. James Dolan. He was very upfront with me. He told me what I needed to know, not try to persuade me in anyway, I liked his company and I liked his intelligence to let me know what what it could be, what it should be, and how it could be done. I like his professionalism and his ... his helper too she was very good about it also. Neither one of them had gotten horrible about my uptight attitude. I respect them and I gave him very much compliment to anybody else.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    Dr. Dolan was very thorough, very professional and was very helpful with me in helping me with my situation and plan for the future of further testing and going on to, whatever ... what course of action we should take. I would highly recommend him. He is very good. Thank you.

  • Apr 12, 2019

    Very caring and sincere

  • Apr 08, 2019

    Dr. James Dolan is the best doctor I've ever had in my life. He saved my life twice. I wish every doctor was like him. Thank you.

  • Apr 03, 2019

    Professional; very well informed; reassuring and spent a good amount of time with me

  • Apr 03, 2019

    Very happy with the level of care I received.

  • Mar 27, 2019

    I really like Dr. Dolan. He is very thorough.

  • Mar 23, 2019

    Oh, my experience was excellent, A plus, the doctor Dr. Dolan and his team explained everything really well. My wife and I understood everything. It was his bed side manner was superb and I look forward to working with him to eradicate my disease and I am I am more optimistic today than I was when I first saw him and I ... it just was excellent experience, and I thank him very much. Look forward to seeing him soon. Thanks.

  • Mar 18, 2019

    We have found Dr. Dolan to be very warm, very caring, very knowledgeable, very proficient doctor. And he has an extra ability to show warmth to patients, which I think makes them feel comfortable and more at ease as they're getting their treatment.

  • Mar 12, 2019

    I was very impressed with a man. I have heard a lot about him from different people that have seen him in the past and what they have told me is to be true. He seems to be a very dedicated doctor, very intelligent man.

  • Mar 09, 2019

    He was prepared to discuss my case and offer recommendations. He was pleasant, explained what he was proposing and answered all the questions we could think of. I intend to use MyChart to get follow up questions answered.

  • Mar 09, 2019

    The doctor treated me very well. Excellent service and excellent doctor. Thank you very much.

  • Mar 05, 2019

    Easy.

  • Mar 05, 2019

    Extremely informative and respectful of

  • Mar 05, 2019

    He is a very good doctor

  • Mar 01, 2019

    Hi, my name is [Name] Dr. Dolan saw me and I was actually very pleased with the level of care I got from him. I only had the one visit but he spent about an hour and a half with me and actually discussed my issue went into very good detail as to the only what I was experiencing the symptoms, but actually what he thought the reason why I was experiencing those particular symptoms and he gave me a lot of good information that I hadn't heard up up up until that point so and and I've been experiencing my particular issue for about a year and a half now so that was quite a refreshing experience and I was very pleased with with everything that I received from his whole team. So.

  • Feb 28, 2019

    Very thorough at explaining my condition and the operation to correct it. Spoke to me on a level I could understand.

  • Feb 28, 2019

    Dr. Dolan is very personable, very friendly and extremely professional I would highly recommend him to anyone. He saved my life

  • Feb 16, 2019

    Respectful, professional, efficient

  • Feb 14, 2019

    He's very nice flight and explained what was going on with me to where we could understand. He also told us the pros and cons of the surgery that he's going to be doing on the 27th, which was very good. We could understand everything and he we thought he's a very good doctor. Thank you.

  • Feb 14, 2019

    Dr. Dolan when I went in there to see him and I also feel his fellow as well as fellow and him were both very knowledgeable about my condition. They explain things in terms that I could understand the even show me pictures and diagrams to help me to better understand the procedure is that I need to have done. He understood how I felt about things and and he took them seriously in my opinion overall. I think he was just a really great doctor along with his I'll follow whose name. I don't remember, but she I really like her to so yes, I would highly recommend this doctor. Thank you. Bye.

  • Feb 13, 2019

    We had an appointment with Dr. James Dolan. He is my husband's doctor when he had esophageal cancer. He basically saved his life and he is a great doctor.

  • Feb 13, 2019

    Everything is very good.

  • Feb 12, 2019

    He was my surgeon in March last year and was very happy with his work and how he treated me

  • Feb 04, 2019

    very satisfied. would recommend Dr Dolan to anyone

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Very patient and kind. Answered questions. Spoke so we could understand him and did give us lots of information.

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Dr. Dolan was 100%, so we appreciate all the he did, and he's extremely thorough and most polite, and I can't say enough about him, or the program.

  • Feb 04, 2019

    My name is [Name]. I'm a patient of Dr. James Dolan and I was very disappointed. The last time I saw him my appointment was at 4:00. I got there before 4 o'clock and there was a sign saying that he would be 45 minutes late. So I waited 45 minutes and another 45 minutes and another one and he was an hour. He was 2 1/2 hours late for my 4 o'clock appointment. He showed up at 6:30. He had other patients to see to and they were all having a lovely time chatting and I felt exceptionally neglected. I was very disappointed and I said so when I saw him and oh it was no big deal according to him. It was a big deal to me and I'm very very sorry that I have to report this to you. But I'm so glad you asked I had *

  • Feb 03, 2019

    Dr Dolan and the entire staff were awesome!

  • Feb 03, 2019

    I really like Dr. Dolan. Personable, confident, smart.

  • Jan 14, 2019

    Dr. Dolan was very wonderful in my case. I would definitely go back to see him again. He's very conscientious, thorough and articulate and articulate in explaining the situation Thank you.

  • Jan 13, 2019

    Dr Dolan is very knowledgeable, great personality with his patients. He takes time with his patients, very cautious with his care and explains very clearly. Dr Dolan is a great Physician.

  • Jan 13, 2019

    Dr Dolan explained exactly what was going on with me. What needed to be done. The pro and cons. I feel I am prepared now after he answered my questions.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    Very knowledgeable and kind

  • Jan 06, 2019

    The office and medical staff were very organized and gracious, making me feel comfortable and relaxed.

  • Jan 06, 2019

    Every thing I could ever expect from my doctor .... top of the line doctor ....

  • Jan 05, 2019

    Dr. Dolan is one of the best Doctors I've ever had. Very compassionate. Very thorough. And explains what is going on medically, in very easy to understand terminology.

  • Jan 05, 2019

    I just was very happy that he was so casual, and we, I mean, we got to, I understood everything he said. He talked, he didn't talk in big, long medical terms. It was something I could understand, and I really understood what he meant when he was trying to tell me to, what had to be done, what we were going to be going through, and everything. It was a good visit, so I enjoyed it.

  • Dec 17, 2018

    This is [Name]. I had a very positive experience with Dr. Dolan on the 14th. My surgery consult answer all my questions explained everything thoroughly to my satisfaction and I have every confidence in him and it was overall very positive experience.

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Knowledgeable, skilled, and personable.

  • Dec 16, 2018

    My name is [Name] and I've been a patient of Dr. Dolan for a couple of weeks now. He has done some fairly heroic surgery on the middle parts of my body and I'm very pleased with the way he accomplish that. I'm surprised and disappointed it's taking a long time to heal up. But I've gotten a good idea that it's an awful lot of work. I had a hiatal hernia that included my esophagus and Accordion some of the places inside of me that needed to be moved from one place to another and I'm very glad that that part the surgery went well laparoscopically. So now I'm home recuperating and hating not being able to eat anything but that's kind of the way this thing required. So fortunately, it's over with now and I'll be very*

  • Dec 16, 2018

    I thought Dr. Dolan's team and all three of them, they were so awesome. I couldn't even believe what they were doing. I would recommend them highly to anybody at anytime. They were just awesome. Thank you.

  • Dec 16, 2018

    It was a great experience meeting Dr. Dolan. He was very thorough, spent a lot of time, explained everything very carefully. I have a complicated case, but Dr. Dolan didn't seem to be in a hurry and sat down and spent plenty of time going over different options that I have to choose from. So thank you.

  • Dec 10, 2018

    I had a good experience with Dr. Dolan and with his assistants. They were very thorough, asked me detailed questions about my experience since surgery, and the distress I had been having with my stomach. They did a visual and palpitations physical and then determined a direction of treatment and it seemed to make sense and I felt they had listened well, had a good sense of humor, and so I felt good about the visit. Thank you.

  • Dec 09, 2018

    Dr. Dolan was very informative. Everything was done on time, wasn't hard to find the press, I was very pleased with Dr. Dolan's conversation with me after you looked at the records. Very good experience.

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