Headshot photo of John T. Vetto, M.D., FACS, FASA

John T. Vetto, M.D., FACS, FASA

  • Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Dermatology, School of Medicine


Dr. Vetto is a soft tissue Surgical Oncologist specializing in melanoma, high risk skin cancer, breast cancer, and sarcomas. He founded the OHSU multidisciplinary breast cancer and clinical melanoma program and is a member of the OHSU multidisciplinary sarcoma team. Dr. Vetto has published extensively on these topics and performed clinical and basic research in cancer areas. He enjoys studying and learning about advances in cancer care so that he can relate that information to colleagues and patients with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes and relieving suffering from cancer.

Outside of work Dr. Vetto enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, travel, visiting with his and his wife's family in Spain and Italy, working out, and watching old movies.

Education and training

    • B.S., 1978, Portland State University
    • M.D., 1982, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Residency

    • General Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1982-1984
    • General Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1986-1989
  • Fellowship

    • Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, 1984-1986
    • Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 1989-1991
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Surgery, 1991; recertified 2000, 2009

Memberships and associations:

  • Alpha Omega Alpha (Alpha of Oregon)
  • Oregon Medical Association
  • Multnomah County Medical Society
  • Portland Surgical Society
  • Oregon Chapter, American College of Surgeons
  • North Pacific Surgical Association
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Head and Neck Society
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • Association of Academic Surgeons
  • Southwest Oncology Group
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • American Association for Cancer Education
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Longmire Surgical Society
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Western Surgical Association
  • Society for the immunotherapy of Cancer
  • Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration
  • Fellow, American Surgical Association

Areas of interest

  • Clinical outcomes
  • Multidisciplinary cancer care
  • Cancer education
  • Tumor immunology

Honors and awards

  • OHSU Department of Surgery Distinguished Faculty Award, 2016
  • Professional Staff Chair’s Awards: Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Quality of Systems-Based Care, 2015
  • Professional Staff Chair’s Awards: Outstanding Contribution to Development of Interdisciplinary Teams, 2010


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