Headshot photo of Brett C. Sheppard, M.D., FACS

Brett C. Sheppard, M.D., FACS

  • Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery, School of Medicine
  • William E. Colson Chair of Pancreatic Disease Research, Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Vice Chair for Quality and Clinical Operations, Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Member, Hernia & Abdominal Wall Center (HAWC), School of Medicine


Dr. Sheppard specializes in pancreatic cancer and GI surgery. He has advanced training in Surgical oncology with a focus on the multi-disciplinary care of pancreatic cancer. Dr. Sheppard recalls being a 4th year medical student and speaking with a patient who was preparing for pancreatic cancer surgery. He was very frightened as at that time mortality was high from surgery. and survival overall for this disease was low. After that moment Dr. Sheppard became committed to improving surgical outcomes for pancreatic cancer and developing early detection and improved therapies for pancreatic cancer. His relationship with his patients , their families and the challenges they face provides him the foundation to continue working and the biggest thanks he can receive is to watch his patients enjoy their lives anew.

Outside of surgery Dr. Sheppard is an avid trail runner, hiker and winter sports enthusiast. He would join a book club if they met between 10pm and MN.

Education and training

    • M.D., 1984, University of Health Sciences, The Chicago Medical School
  • Residency

    • General Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 1984-87, 1989-91
  • Fellowship

    • Surgical Oncology, National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, 1987-89
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Surgery, 1992, recertification, 2010

Memberships and associations:

  • Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG)
  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
  • Americas Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association (AHPBA)
  • American Pancreas Association (APA)
  • American Surgical Association (ASA)
  • MIS Fellowship Council
  • North Pacific Surgical Association
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
  • Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)
  • Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)
  • Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC)
  • Western Surgical Association
  • The Mackenzie Alumni Society
  • Multnomah County Medical Society
  • Portland Surgical Society
  • Oregon Medical Association
  • Oregon Chapter-American College of Surgeons
  • Association of Academic Endocrine Surgeons
  • The Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • The North Pacific Surgical Association
  • The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary tract

Areas of interest

  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Chronic Pancreatitis


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