CATEGORY:Conversations on CompassionJames Doty, MD

TIME: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

DATE: Thursday, February 11, 2016

LOCATION: Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, Knight Management Center, 641 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305 United States

All tickets are SOLD OUT for this event. Tickets are still available for the VIP reception following the event HERE.

About the Event

In this public dialogue, world renowned mindfulness teacher and author, Jon Kabat-Zinn will engage in conversation with CCARE’s Founder and Director, Dr. James Doty, to celebrate the release of Dr. Doty’s book, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover Mysteries of the Brain and Secrets of the Heart (now available for pre-order). During this conversation, Jon Kabat-Zinn will be asking Dr. Doty to reflect upon his life’s journey and discuss the pivotal roles of mindfulness, meditation, and compassion as shared in the book. The book will also be for sale at the event along with book signing afterwards.

Doors open to ticket holders at 5:45PM.

VIP reception with Dr. Doty and Jon Kabat-Zinn to follow. Limited tickets available HERE.

The talk will be recorded and posted to CCARE’s YouTube Channel and website several weeks after the event.

About the Speakers

JamesDotyphotoJames Doty, MD is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of CA, Irvine and medical school at Tulane University. He trained in neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia (CHOP) and in neuroelectrophysiology focused on the use of evoked potentials to assess the integrity of neurological function. His more recent research interests have focused on the development of technologies using focused beams of radiation in conjunction with robotics and image-guidance techniques to treat solid tumors and other pathologies in the brain and spinal cord. He spent 9 years on active duty service in the U.S. Army Medical Corp.

As Director of CCARE, Dr. Doty has collaborated on a number of research projects focused on compassion and altruism including the use of neuro-economic models to assess altruism, use of the CCARE developed compassion cultivation training in individuals and its effect, assessment of compassionate and altruistic judgment utilizing implanted brain electrodes and the use of optogenetic techniques to assess nurturing pathways in rodents. Presently, he is developing collaborative research projects to assess the effect of compassion training on immunologic and other physiologic determinates of health, the use of mentoring as a method of instilling compassion in students and the use of compassion training to decrease pain.

Dr. Doty is also an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist having given support to a number of charitable organizations including Children as the Peacemakers, Global Healing, the Pachamama Alliance and Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley. These charities support a variety of programs throughout the world including those for HIV/AIDS support, blood banks, medical care in third world countries and peace initiatives. Additionally, he has endowed chairs at major universities including Stanford University and his alma mater, Tulane University. He is on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit foundations including the Dalai Lama Foundation, of which he is chairman and the Charter for Compassion International of which he is vice-chair. He is also on the International Advisory Board of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

jkz_preferred_headshot_150Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world. He received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT in 1971 in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Salvador Luria.

He is the author of numerous scientific papers on the clinical applications of mindfulness in medicine and health care, and of a number of books for the lay public: Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness (Delta, 1991); Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Hyperion, 1994); Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness (Hyperion, 2005); and Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness (Hyperion, 2007). He is also co-author, with his wife Myla, of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting (Hyperion, 1997); and with Williams, Teasdale, and Segal, of The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (Guilford, 2007). Overall, his books have been translated into over 30 languages.


Tickets go on sale HERE through the Stanford Ticket Office starting Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10AM.

Stanford Ticket Office
2nd Floor of Tresidder Memorial Union
459 Lagunita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Link to Campus Map
Phone: (650) 725-2787
Hours: Mon – Fri 10AM – 5PM

Public: SOLD OUT
Stanford Faculty/Staff: SOLD OUT
Stanford Students: SOLD OUT
Other Students (non-Stanford): SOLD OUT

Please note: A customer service handling fee is applied to orders placed over the phone and online.

Parking And Transportation

Parking is free after 4PM (M-F) in many spaces on campus. Please check signs carefully to avoid citation.  The closest parking for CEMEX Auditorium (Zambrano Hall) is as follows:

Knight Management Center Garage (Parking Structure 7)
655 Knight Way (at Campus Drive)
Stanford, CA 94305
Link to Map

Lot 93 (by Maples Pavilion)
Entrance is on Campus Drive at Bonair Siding Road
Link to Map

Click here for a printable Stanford Parking Map

Stanford Shuttle Stop
The closest Marguerite Shuttle stop is located on Serra Street in front of The Knight Management Center. Click here to find maps and schedules.

Disability-Related Accommodations And Services

Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to CCARE staff by phone (650) 721-6142 or email ccare_info@stanford.edu. Requests should be made by Friday, February 5, 2016.

Disabled parking is located in an underground parking garage beneath the Knight Management Center (Parking Structure 7). Enter from Campus Drive East across from the parking lot adjacent to Maples Pavilion. Additional disabled parking is located along Serra Street or in a small parking lot at the corner of Serra Street and Arguello Way.

There are two wheelchair accessible entrances to the CEMEX Auditorium. The entrance furthest east (closest to Arbuckle Café) is equipped with a power-operated door. Once inside, wheelchair seating is centrally located. Additional wheelchair seating is located on the 2nd floor of the CEMEX Auditorium. In order to access the upper level of the Auditorium, take the elevator to the 2nd floor and enter through the exterior entrance.