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 (426 Ratings, 56 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 (426 Ratings, 56 Comments)

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Patient Comments

  • Jul 25, 2018

    The student was great! Our waiting time for the doctor was a little long.

  • Jul 18, 2018

    Dr. Shepherd took plenty of time to explain everything and to answer all of our questions, did not seem rushed, and seemed like a fabulous caregiver.

  • Jul 18, 2018

    Dr. Sheppard was an excellent surgeon, and wonderful with follow up to my husband. We had some complications from the hernia surgery, and he was very patient, and kept us informed, and he did an extremely wonderful job with [Name] and now he's being released from the secondhand skilled nursing center at [Name] and he'll be in his apartment tomorrow morning. Thank you very much.

  • Jul 18, 2018

    Very carrying. Listened. Not in a hurry. Through.

  • Jul 18, 2018

    I had an excellent visit with Dr Sheppard, as usual.

  • Jul 18, 2018

    Hi. I really like him. I think he's a great surgeon.

  • Jul 11, 2018

    Very very good.

  • Jun 13, 2018

    This was a follow up appt after major surgery to have staples removed

  • Jun 03, 2018

    completely satisfied all the way around would highly recommend Dr Shepard and his staff

  • May 16, 2018

    doc Sheppard is the best

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