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

4.8 out of 5 (410 Ratings, 150 Comments)


  • 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


  • 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)


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. 

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.

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  • 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

4.8 out of 5 (410 Ratings, 150 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

  • Oct 20, 2019

    Dr. Dolan does such a good job explaining what is happening so that you can understand. I love that I get to take my drawings with me to show my family and that I feel comfortable explaining.

  • Oct 20, 2019

    Very understanding and willing to please

  • Oct 05, 2019


  • Oct 02, 2019

    Good consult

  • Sep 28, 2019

    Very impressed with doctor and staff.

  • Sep 21, 2019

    had a very good experience with Dr. Dolan. He was very busy and had to wait a couple of hours. I would do it again because he is a good Dr.

  • Sep 15, 2019

    Made sure I understood the surgical procedure,and felt comfortable with it. Was warm and friendly.

  • Sep 14, 2019


  • Sep 08, 2019

    Dr. Dolan answered all of my questions re. my upcoming surgery in a friendly, complete manner in a way that I could understand. He, also, put me at ease regarding the surgery. He and his staff are number one in my book!!!!

  • Sep 07, 2019

    extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Very professional and great bedside manners

  • Sep 07, 2019

    Dr.Dolan and his team are an amazing group of people .... claude is awesome also ....

  • Aug 26, 2019

    Dr james Dollan is the best!!!

  • Aug 26, 2019

    Dr. Dolan is absolutely adorable and very, very knowledgeable. I was very happy with him.

  • Aug 24, 2019

    He has always been one of the best providers that I have seen. Top notch in all areas.

  • Aug 19, 2019

    Dr. Dolan was a client professional and he basically got rid of my cancer. Thank you.

  • Aug 03, 2019

    Very complete explanation with no feeling of being limited on time or questions

  • Jul 22, 2019

    Dr. Dolan was very kind. He was willing to listen and he was willing to answer dumb questions and even maybe intelligent questions. I would definitely recommend him> My husband and I both agree that we like him very very much. That's it.

  • Jul 20, 2019

    A physician to trust. At ease, knowledgeable, explains things well, unhurried, responsive, good listener. Good working relation w/ his assistant (1st-yr resident).

  • Jul 14, 2019

    From start to finish, it was a very good experience. There was no waiting (pretty unheard of at a doctor's office), and everyone was friendly and efficient. Dr. Dolan wasn't rushed - he listened carefully to my concerns and answered all of my questions very thoroughly.

  • Jul 13, 2019

    Dr. Dolan was very professional, helpful, and explained everything, and was extremely friendly and understanding.

  • Jul 13, 2019

    He is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, professional and I would trust my life with him. What impressed even more how the devotion of his staff and the respect he earned from them

  • Jul 08, 2019

    This provider is very helpful, is very nice and very kind.

  • Jun 30, 2019

    Dr. Dolan is a special individual a wonderful doctor and I would highly recommend him to anyone. It's been 6 years since I had my first association with him and he has been Dynamic he cared my cancer and now I'm cancer free. All I can say is thank you Dr. Dolan. Thank you. OHSU.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    He was very pleasant and compasionate.explsined all things well so I could understand

  • Jun 22, 2019

    Dr. Dolan really listens and understands my concerns

  • Jun 22, 2019

    Really well coordinated. Everything seemed to flow smoothly.

  • Jun 22, 2019

    Great doctors,they know exactly what to look for.

  • Jun 17, 2019

    I found him extremely helpful and answered all questions thoroughly, was kind, encouraging, someone I would recommend to anybody I know. Just very, very, very, very thoughtful and kind and knowledgeable. Extremely knowledgeable and his staff seems to think the world of him which impressed me a lot. Found him to be very easy to talk to and liked him as a doctor. I thought he had much to offer.

  • Jun 16, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Dolan was excellent. The wait to see him was long, but I'm not complaining. The round trip for my 1:30 appointment included 2.5 hours of driving. The wait in the waiting room and exam rooms was 2 hours. If it can be improved without diminishing the quality of care, I would appreciate it. But if not, then I'll have to get used to it. Such is life...

  • Jun 16, 2019

    He was very informative, made me feeling at ease right away Discuss fully about the procedure.

  • Jun 15, 2019

    A very good experience .... the doctors are top of the line ....

  • Jun 15, 2019

    The Doctor and his teams are always very GOOD! Been with them since 2016.

  • Jun 04, 2019

    Dr. Dolan is outstanding, professional, and very, very friendly. He answered all my questions, and I had quite a few. He and his staff were just amazing. I would go back to him anytime. Thank you.

  • Jun 03, 2019

    Good doctor.

  • Jun 02, 2019

    Concise and accurate information about my upcoming procedure.

  • May 28, 2019

    Dr. Dollan is excellent and listens/explains things very well.

  • May 25, 2019

    I had major surgery and my experience was top notch start to finish. Two years on I am still pleased with the follow-up I am getting.

  • May 25, 2019

    As I told Jim Dolan, In my life, I have been in quite a few hospitals and OHSU's level of care is unequaled by any of them.

  • May 25, 2019

    Great doctor. Very caring, and listens to my questions.

  • May 25, 2019

    Great teaching, clear explanations, compassionate approach

  • May 25, 2019

    Dr. Dolan is one in a million! Obviously skilled doctor and surgeon. And a great bedside manner! He obviously cares about his patients and his practice. He is a wonderful ambassador for OHSU. I wish every physician would follow Dr. Dolan's lead.

  • May 20, 2019

    The experience was informative and Dr. Dolan was informative and explained the procedure very well. I was also Introduced to [Name] and information as a patient who has had this procedure alleviated many fears I had about the operation.

  • May 20, 2019

    Dr. Dolan and his team are top notch my book. they were extremely extremely nice to deal with and knowledgeable and we were just wonderful.

  • May 18, 2019


  • May 18, 2019

    Dr. Dolan has a very personal touch when he meets with you one-on-one. He's very positive.

  • May 15, 2019

    The only thing about the provider, it's hard to get a hold of him. We live in Salem and I've called before and it takes a long time to get back to us. And when we went to the office visit, we waited for an hour at least before we saw him. We know he's watching over, or looking over the test results, but we needed some feedback in between Thank you.

  • May 14, 2019

    Very thorough. Lets patient ask questions and answers questions so a person can understand. Appears to be very caring.

  • May 13, 2019

    I felt like Dr. Dolan really listened to my needs and that he really tried helping me, and he did a very very good job, and I felt like I was a valued patient and thank you. Thank you Dr. Dolan.

  • May 06, 2019

    This was a experience of several meetings and not not only including this one. We're very confident very professional, had a good sense of humor, very caring and just expressed that care in his examination and his willingness to consider any questions and to answer them thoroughly and appreciate that very much.

  • May 04, 2019

    Dr Dolan is wonderful. Professional, smart, empathetic and kind, an absolutely outstanding clinician. I can’t recommend him highly enough. OHSU is fortunate to have providers of this caliber. Thank you.

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