Brett C. Sheppard M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Faculty profile
  • Professor of Surgery

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

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (535 Ratings, 131 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

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (535 Ratings, 131 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

  • Jul 21, 2019

    This is [Name] and Dr. Sheppard was amazing as was his intern Dr. Low, I believe her name was, and the experience with him was very helpful and surprisingly, I enjoyed the interaction with him and felt like I was adequately informed when it came to pre oping my surgery.

  • Jul 13, 2019

    I love the OSHU team.

  • Jun 01, 2019

    The surgery went well and I received the usual excellent care from everyone.

  • May 07, 2019

    Dr. Shepherd is wonderful on the other hand his staff is lacking I felt complete lashback for everything that I'm going through I asked the CNA to update my information and she did not.

  • May 02, 2019

    he made me feel like I wanted to put my life in has hands

  • May 02, 2019

    The doctor was very factual, straightforward, compassionate, empathetic, and comforting. Thank you.

  • Apr 27, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Brett Shephpard is very good. He's very knowledgeable of what's going on with me. He's very good at explaining everything. I feel very comfortable with him.

  • Apr 27, 2019

    Yes, I would recommend OHSU to anyone and I thank you for calling and they were great with me. They've always been good with me so I can't say nothing bad. They've always been there for me and like I say if anybody asks me that's what I tell them too.

  • Apr 27, 2019

    We thought Dr. Brett Shepherd was absolutely marvelous and his... I believe first... what was she called? The young lady who came in that was going to assist him was also great. Thank you very much. Bye now.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    I liked him very much. Thank you.