Clinical Focus

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Complex Spine Disorders
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Brain TumorSurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments

  • Advisory Board, Greater Good Science Center (2012 - Present)
  • Board of Directors, Association for Medical Ethics (2012 - Present)
  • Founder & Director, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford (2008 - Present)
  • Advisory Board, Social Chocolate SuperBetter (2011 - 2013)
  • Director, The Neuroscience Institute at El Camino Hospital (2008 - 2014)
  • Board of Directors, The Brain and Creativity Institute at USC (2008 - 2011)
  • Advisory Board, The Fogarty Institute of Innovation (2007 - Present)
  • Board of Governors, Tulane University School of Medicine (2007 - Present)
  • Board of Directors Vice-Chairman, Friends of New Orleans (2008 - 2015)
  • Advisory Board, Heroic Imagination Project (2009 - Present)
  • International Board of Advisors, Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions (2009 - Present)
  • Board of Directors, Chairman (2009-2015), Dalai Lama Foundation (2007 - Present)
  • Board of Directors, California Association of Neurological Surgeons (1996 - 1999)
  • Board of Directors, Chairman & CEO, Accuray, Inc. (manufacturer of the CyberKnife) (1997 - 1999)

Honors & Awards

  • America's Top Surgeons, Consumer's Research Council of America (2005-2015)
  • "Best Doctor", America's Best Doctors (2005-2015)
  • Member, Founder's Circle Stanford University (2009)
  • Member (Outstanding Alumnus-Tulane University), The Paul Tulane Society (2008)
  • "Healthcare Hero", New Orleans CityBusiness Journal (2008)

Professional Education

  • Medical Education:Tulane University School of Medicine (1981) LA
  • Board Certification: Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery (1990)
  • Residency:Walter Reed Army Medical Center (1987) DC
  • Internship:Tripler Army Medical Center (1982) HI
  • M.D., Tulane University, Medicine (1981)
  • B.S., University of California, Irvine, Biological Sciences (1978)


The Alphabet of the Heart and Compassion Beads

Dr Doty created a mnemonic called, "The Alphabet of the Heart", to be used as a meditation exercise. He then wrote about the exercise in his book, Into the Magic Shop. The Alphabet of the Heart includes Compassion, Dignity, Equanimity, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Humility, Integrity, Justice, Kindness and Love.

In a podcast series, Dr. Doty discusses each letter of the mnemonic with Dr James Kirby, Clinical Psychologist and Visiting Scholar at CCARE. Each episode features Dr Doty and Dr Kirby discussing  In each episode we provide personal reflections, research on the attribute, as well as practical tips to cultivate that specific attribute.

Listen to the podcast.

The Alphabet of the Heart inspired Compassion Beads, which were designed by the San Antonio peaceCENTER. The beading is done by 11-year-old Jen of JennyWren. The beads start with Compassion and end with Love: The bead string ends with a golden bead symbolizing the Golden Rule: "Treat Others as you wish to be treated yourself."