Brett C. Sheppard M.D.

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  • Professor of Surgery

Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (407 Ratings, 107 Comments)


  • Cancer
  • Digestive Health
  • Surgery

Special focus on

  • Digestive Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • GI Tract - Upper (includes esophagus, stomach, gallbladder and biliary system)
  • Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery
  • Nissen Fundoplication
  • Pancreatic Cancer


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


Dr. Sheppard focuses on surgery for diseases of the pancreas. He has a special interest in caring for patients with pancreatic cancer. In addition, Dr. Sheppard does surgery for other diseases of the pancreas and adrenal gland, and for stomach and esophagus disorders. Whenever possible, Dr. Sheppard uses his skill and knowledge in minimally invasive surgery to help patients recover more quickly and with less discomfort after surgery. Dr. Sheppard is deeply committed to keeping patients safe and to enhancing the quality of surgical care. He belongs to groups working to improve the quality of surgical care both at OHSU and in the state of Oregon. Dr. Sheppard's research interests are focused on giving patients with pancreatic cancer better results from treatment by earlier diagnosis and improved therapy. He also studies how to improve the results of gastrointestinal (digestive system) surgery, including surgeries that involve the endocrine (hormone) system, and how to make the best use of minimally invasive surgery techniques. Dr. Sheppard is a member of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. He is also the surgical principal investigator for OHSU of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group and a member of the Southwest Oncology Group, which offers patients the latest in cancer care through clinical trials. In addition, he belongs to national and international scientific societies dedicated to improving patient care in both traditional (open) and minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery.


  • English

Memberships and associations

  • Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology

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Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (407 Ratings, 107 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Feb 24, 2019

    Quality was extremely good the best ever. I've had many hospital around people were just super super kind sympathetic, whatever. I mean just they were just super.

  • Feb 11, 2019

    Always friendly and kind to my needs. Answers my questions.

  • Feb 10, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Sheppard was exceptional and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is dealing with an abdominal issue. And I appreciate this care very much.

  • Feb 02, 2019

    everything was great

  • Feb 02, 2019

    I would like to tell you that Dr. Sheppard is probably one of the nicest most professional and caring doctors I've ever been to he's wonderful. He's up front and he listens and I appreciate that.

  • Feb 01, 2019

    Dr. Sheppard has provided me excellent care.

  • Feb 01, 2019

    Yes, this is for [Name] and [Name] We were both there with Dr. Sheppard. It was a wonderful thing. He made sure that we knew that the operation would take a while to do at the time, but he had a good outcome at the end, and hopefully we were joining part of the team that is extraordinary, and we had a great experience. Thank you.

  • Jan 25, 2019

    After waiting for 50 minutes to see Dr. Sheppard -- and being somewhat cranky as a result -- the time with the health providers was thorough and respectful. I only saw Dr. Sheppard at the end of the visit.

  • Jan 21, 2019

    It was a long wait in the examining room but when Dr. Shepherd arrived, he took time and explained everything completely; answered my questions and addressed all my concerns.

  • Jan 18, 2019

    We had a good visit with this provider and with his staff. They were clear and thorough

  • Jan 18, 2019

    Had a very nice visit with Dr.Brret Shepard and a very sweet wanta be young woman from India. Nurse was very kind and polite. Lab had me in and out very fast.

  • Jan 14, 2019

    Dr. Sheppard was very responsive to my questions/concerns. He is an expert surgeon.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    Had my staples removed from my surgery,which was not easy for the Dr. A, especially because I was laughing. Dr. Sheppard and his team are the absolute best.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    He was absolutely great. However, waiting back in the exam room for 2 hours before we got to talk to him and his nurse was a bummer.

  • Dec 31, 2018

    A very thoughtful physician, a good listener, very patient, truly concerned and responsive to my problem.

  • Dec 27, 2018

    Dr. Sheppard is very relaxing and explains things very well and just gives you feeling of trust in him.

  • Dec 27, 2018

    Dr. Sheppard seems like a wonderful doctor. He really sat and talked to us about the dangers of this surgery and the good results of this surgery. He told us everything he could think of, and even what he would do if it was his family member. We feel confident in this doctor. He seems like a loving and kind man.

  • Dec 27, 2018

    Was very good. Thank you very much.

  • Dec 21, 2018

    It was a really great experience !!

  • Dec 21, 2018

    Dr Sheppard is wonderful, the experience getting to him is another story.

  • Dec 14, 2018

    Dr Shepherd and his assistant are great and explain everything in terms you can understand.

  • Dec 07, 2018

    I have only met with once and have much confidence in him

  • Dec 06, 2018

    He was very good, the doctor was exceptional and did what was needed to be done and explained everything to me very well.

  • Nov 25, 2018

    Very thorough, very good. I mean super, super good.

  • Nov 24, 2018

    Excellence of care combined with great communication and a real Dr.-patient relationship make this the best Dr. I have experienced.

  • Nov 22, 2018

    Dr Shepard was very exact in his explanation of the procedure I will be having and his assistants were most courteous and full of information for me.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    I felt like I got very good care and I felt like they were responsive to my questions. I have nothing but the best for them and I hope that they'll be able to help more people.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    Dr. Sheppard had my surgery.... did my surgery 7 years ago and his bed side manner, so to speak, is extremely compassionate and very comforting. His mannerisms are gentle and focused and understanding and I am very grateful and thankful to have had a doctor like Dr. Sheppard. Anyone would be blessed to be able to have him as their surgeon.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    Dr. Sheppard was absolutely fantastic. He made me feel so much better about the procedure that I'm having done and I couldn't say enough good things about him.

  • Nov 15, 2018

    Dr Sheppard is a consummate professional. It is not possible to interact with him without sensing that he is an extraordinary physician. And, of course, his reputation as a surgeon is second to none. He is just the best!

  • Nov 10, 2018

    Dr. Sheppard is an excellent surgeon and has a tremendous bedside manner. Made me feel confident in his skills, and just a heck of a nice guy.

  • Nov 09, 2018

    It wa very comfortable. I felt like I had plenty of time to ask all of my questions. The MD and his fellow, Dr Leo were wonderful!

  • Nov 09, 2018

    Yes, I found it Dr. Sheppard to be very professional and confident and made me feel comfortable that he...I was in his hands for my surgery.

  • Nov 09, 2018

    I liked Dr. Sheppard. I felt listened to and respected. Thank you.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    I found Dr. Brett Sheppard to be a soft-spoken, unpretentious, compassionate individual. He explained my diagnosis,risk factors my brothers and son share with me due to family history, answered my questions and presented me with my options.Throughout, Dr. Sheppard displayed awareness of and sensitivity to the impact the seriousness of my situation was having on me.I don't think I could ask for more from any physician.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    Wonderful experience, warm and apologetic for the wait!!

  • Nov 02, 2018

    Dr. Sheppard was great. I would definitely recommend him and his services again. However, it took your referral people two months to get back to me, which was not nice.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    Dr. Sheppard is quite professional and gave me great care. His staff were exceptional also.

  • Oct 29, 2018

    Dr. Sheppard is the best surgeon!

  • Oct 20, 2018

    Dr. Brett Sheppard was very friendly, informative & patient. He took to the time to listen to & answer my question's. I was very pleased with my visit on 10/17/18. I would highly recommend him...he was very kind.

  • Oct 19, 2018

    Brett is an accomplished, thoughtful surgeon whom I would trust with any general surgery procedure.

  • Oct 19, 2018

    It was a great visit I can not fault Dr Sheppard in any way I had a life saver surgery I owe him and stuff my years I'm enjoying they are professional and companionate but friendly

  • Oct 14, 2018

    He is a straight shooter. To the point.

  • Oct 12, 2018

    Very caring and takes time to answer questions.

  • Oct 05, 2018

    The doctors and the staff were very professional and calming. The doctors answered questions in a easy and understandable way. they listened to our needs and we were both very pleased . thank them very much.

  • Oct 05, 2018

    Emphatic, caring, including his surgery assistants

  • Sep 28, 2018

    Dr. Sheppard and his staff were extremely professional, informed, and empathetic. They answered my questions and, even if they didn't know the answer, they got the answer and conveyed it promptly.

  • Sep 28, 2018

    Complete confidence in Dr Sheppard and his staff based on first hand experience and his reputation in the medical community.

  • Sep 23, 2018

    Brett Sheppard is the most compassionate doctor, I trust him and have depended on his expertise for the past 8 years. I see him once a year to monitor the remaining lesions in my pancreas. He communicates well with my physician in Central Oregon.

  • Sep 20, 2018

    His "bed side manner" are exceptional. He answers all the questions in an easy to understand way. He has always shown care and compassion. he gives me his undivided attention, making me feel that I matter and that he is there to help through my medical issues. Excellent doctor and human being. OHSU is fortunate to have him on board.

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