Brett C. Sheppard M.D.

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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 (356 Ratings, 84 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 (356 Ratings, 84 Comments)

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Patient Comments

  • 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!

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