The Power of Compassion

A Conversation with James R. Doty

October 13, 2020

James R. Doty 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.

In this conversation, Sam speaks with James about his memoir Into the Magic Shop. They discuss the significance of childhood stress, the possibility of changing one’s core beliefs about oneself, the relationship between surgeons and their patients, the nature of compassion, the Dalai Lama, the relationship between wealth and empathy, the worsening problem of social inequality, the physiology of compassion, the broken healthcare system in the U.S., Jim’s extraordinary charitable donation in the face of bankruptcy, and other topics.