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

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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 (429 Ratings, 169 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


  • B.S., San Diego State University California 1991
  • M.D., Stanford University, Stanford California 1995
  • M.C.R., OHSU, Portland Oregon 2013
  • 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 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.


  • 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

4.8 out of 5 (429 Ratings, 169 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

  • Dec 09, 2019

    I'm totally impressed with Dr. Dolan and his Staff and I have all the confidence in the world that the outcome of my surgery as well as my Cancer will be an overwhelming succes!

  • Dec 09, 2019

    Comprehensive attention to detail and I left feeling very good about my upcoming health care.

  • Dec 09, 2019

    Dr. Dolan saved my life. I had gone to other doctors in the Salem area. I had gone to the hospital in the Salem area and nothing worked until I got really hooked in with Dr. Dolan. He did literally save my life and he is a wonderful doctor and I would recommend him to anyone who had gasket problems because he's that good. Thank you.

  • Dec 07, 2019

    Compassionate, professional and very knowledgeable.

  • Dec 07, 2019

    He is an amazing doctor who listens and explains your situation very well. He is easy to talk too. Professional, knowledgeable and friendly.

  • Nov 04, 2019

    I think Dr. Dolan is just wonderful. He's been probably one of the best physicians that I've ever had and I thank you for saving my life.

  • Nov 02, 2019

    Very engaging, explained the procedure, thoroughly, patient

  • Nov 02, 2019

    He is very courteous knowledgeable and friendly

  • Oct 28, 2019

    Dr. Dolan was very professional, he came in and answered all my questions prior surgery, and he also was able to stop by my room after surgery as well. He was very thorough, very knowledgeable, and very pleasant.

  • Oct 26, 2019

    James Dolan was very good listener and he was very respectful and was very informative and answering the questions that I asked. He was really great.

  • 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 19, 2019

    I feel that we get excellent care from him, he always listens to our concerns and answers our questions very thoroughly, and is never too busy to answer the questions and I have recommended him to family, and they have used him. We've been very very pleased with him as our provider and just feel that he does an excellent job and looks at the situation completely before making a judgment call on what needs to be done to make us well - very very pleased.

  • Oct 19, 2019

    I had very good treatment, and I would highly recommend Dr. Dolan and OHSU.

  • Oct 05, 2019


  • Oct 02, 2019

    Good consult

  • Sep 29, 2019

    We visited with two doctors, one of which was Dr. Dolan. We found him to be caring, knowledgable, humorous and answered all our questions. The young lady doctor who is doing a fellowship of OSHU was equally as engaging.

  • Sep 28, 2019

    Very impressed with doctor and staff.

  • Sep 28, 2019

    Dr. Dolan is WONDERFUL, everything one would hope for in a physician: competent (you betcha’!), quick to read emotions, humorous, a superb, relaxed but attentive listener,very respectful of patients & also of his staff, which he clearly cherishes. Post-op, when I shared my feelings w friends, several of them said something like, “Golly, maybe I should have a gallbladder operation, too!”

  • Sep 28, 2019

    DR Dolan is very compassionate. He made me less anxious about having my surgery. His bedside manner is something that is hard to find. His Resident, DR Han, is very sweet, caring, and a great listener. It is clear that they both put their patients first.

  • Sep 23, 2019

    He was the best, I've never met a doctor as good as him. He got rid of all my problems and worries, and I love him. I would tell everybody about him - he is the best, his care was number 10. Okay. Thank you.

  • 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 12, 2019

    I felt like I was really well taken care of from beginning to end. I can't think of anything that they could have done differently to improve the experience.

  • 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

    Doctor... Dr. Dolan is an excellent doctor, excellent bed side manner and I couldn't be anything but... but... I couldn't be any more pleased with his care than I am right now. He's excellent and his team is excellent too. Thank you.

  • 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 17, 2019

    He listened to all of my health stories, He answered my 1 million questions patiently and thoroughly. I have full confidence in this surgeon and I am looking forward to getting this surgery behind me.

  • Aug 05, 2019

    I think that Dr. Dolan is just quite remarkable man to work with with me with my surgeries and stuff, and I would highly recommend him to anyone. Thank you.

  • Aug 03, 2019

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

  • Jul 29, 2019

    not a thing went wrong! everything was explained clearly without any delay. All the people I met were great to me and through at all my questions . Does not get ant better than this for me , THANKS.

  • Jul 27, 2019

    Hi, I found him to be extremely compassionate, empathetic and caring and does a good job knows his business and I trust his ability to guide me in the right direction.

  • Jul 27, 2019

    I found Dr. Dolan to be quite personal very kind gentle man, very knowledgeable and very concerned. He's like seems like he would have been my doctor for years rather than just meeting me the one day I'm thoroughly impressed with him, and I'm glad I selected him. Thank you.

  • 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.

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