He made history in the Athenaeum of Aracaju, in the years 1875 to 1876.
In 1877, he enrolled at the Faculty of Medicine of Bahia, for which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine on December 16, 1882.
Completed medical school, settled in the city of Orange (Se), where he held a private clinic from 1883 to 1885.
Laranjeiras Salvador went to in order to compete for the position of Deputy Chair Professor of Forensic Medicine and toxicology. Approved on first, was appointed in late 1885.
In 1888 he applied for the chair of Medical Pathology, vacant by the death of Professor. Demetrius Tourinho.
In 1891 he was appointed Deputy of the 2nd Section of that power.
In the same year, organizing the Free School of Law, was invited to occupy the chair of Legal Medicine.
In 1892 he was appointed professor professor's chair Medical Botany and Zoology, Faculty of Medicine of Bahia.
In 1895 he was elected municipal councilor in the city of Salvador, a position he held until 1899.
On December 30, 1897 he was elected federal deputy for Sergipe, and re-elected legislatures in other staves.
On July 30, 1908 was elected President of Sergipe.
In 1911 and 1913, was on a visit to Europe during this period and wrote for "The Diary of Bahia," a series of letters titled "From Paris".
Belonged to several cultural and scientific institutions, among which we highlight the Institute of History and Geography of Sergipe, Geographic and Historical Institute of Bahia and the National Academy of Medicine.
Participated in national and international conferences, representing the Government of Sergipe, Bahia School of Law and other institutions.
From his extensive bibliography, highlight theses, articles, speeches, memoirs, lectures and pamphlets on various subjects.
José Rodrigues da Costa Doria is considered "a man of great lucidity, intelligence and sharp privileged professional culture" ().
Died in Salvador on February 14, 1938.