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 (552 Ratings, 180 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 (552 Ratings, 180 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

  • Nov 01, 2019

    I have complete confidence in the diagnosis given to me by Dr. Sheppard. He was friendly, knowledgeable and spoke in terms I could understand.

  • Oct 31, 2019

    Very positive - informative and helpful.

  • Oct 30, 2019

    Dr. Shepard and his staff were excellant and took extremely good care of me. Two thumbs up!

  • Oct 24, 2019

    Dr Sheppard is an amazing doctor with an equally outstanding team. He really takes the time to listen. He is very special

  • Oct 24, 2019

    Every where we went, couldn't ask for better service.

  • Oct 17, 2019

    All around gifted surgeon! Thank you!

  • Oct 14, 2019

    I trust the doctor. He did good job last year and looking forward to have succesful treatment this year also.

  • Sep 22, 2019

    Dr. Sheppard operated on me 9/20/19.

  • Sep 21, 2019

    I found Dr. Sheppard to be a wonderful, compassionate man and clearly very skilled at what he does.

  • Sep 20, 2019

    Dr Sheppard is very professional, friendly, and accommodating.

  • Sep 07, 2019

    I found Dr. Sheppard to be very confident, and comforting, and family professional I was very impressed with him. Thank you.

  • Sep 07, 2019

    Yes, I got there at about 2 o'clock for a 2:40 meeting, and I didn't get in to see Dr. Sheppard until close to 5. So it was, even though the board said 1 hour delay, it was 2 and a half hours of wait time.

  • Sep 05, 2019

    Very warm and inviting staff. They seem very knowledgeable and caring, willing to take the time to help me understand what was happening with me, and so for that, I'm very very thankful.

  • Sep 05, 2019

    Other than the dr being 1 hour behind, Dr Sheppard and associates are always super kind and they genuinely make you and your family feel cared for. They take as much time as you need and u never feel rushed.

  • Aug 31, 2019

    [Name] Dr. Brett Sheppard very kind. He was concerned that any of my questions have been answered and he seemed very concerned. So good report.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Wonderful patient-centered care. We feel so well cared for at OHSU. Dr. Sheppard and Dr. Lopez are amazing!

  • Aug 29, 2019

    Very nice and informative, had to wait way too long past our appointment time to actually see the dr!! Our appointment was 2:10 and dr met us at 3:45.

  • Aug 24, 2019

    They were great. Thank you for all the help.

  • Aug 24, 2019

    I thought Dr. Sheppard was absolutely fantastic and his young doctor who works with him. I would certainly recommend them to anyone. Absolutely top notch.

  • Aug 23, 2019

    The medical assistant and lab person kept telling me that I could leave and I hadn't seen the doctor yet. People there don't seem to know what is going on. Nice folks, but not informed.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    Dr. Shepard and his staff were very helpful and kind. Dr. Shepard was very thorough and patient while explaining things to me.Much appreciated

  • Aug 22, 2019

    The medical care was very professional, the doctors explained everything very clearly. They really are a great team and professional.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    Dr Shepherd was very professional, reviewed my records, detailed what he saw, and related that he would put plan together to help me when he gathers all data. He showed great care and concern and I was impressed with his manner and knowledge.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    Dr. Sheppard and his staff were informative, kind, personable and most of all professional. There wasn't as long a wait as I had anticipated. This doctor has followed up with me since I was at OHSU to have a bile metal stent installed and was the person that gave my local team the instruction of what tests/procedures could be done; agreed to local chemotherapy. But did insist followup scans were done at OHSU. We had a 3.5hr drive and all was accomplished in a day until I have surgery where we again would be at OHSU to have a Whipple Procedure with the expertise of his team. If not for Dr. Sheppard, I would have pursued this locally. It didn't take any pressure from him to consider it being done at OHSU he is a man I take at his word.

  • Aug 03, 2019

    I know Brett from a professional capacity. this was the first time I met him as a patient. He is a gem.

  • Aug 02, 2019

    As always he is my trusted physician.

  • Jul 27, 2019

    It was a very good experience. He was very professional and thorough and patient and understanding and I would recommend my family friends anyone to go to OHSU & to Dr. Sheppard.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    great no problem

  • 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 18, 2019

    Good availability and patient time spent.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    very personable and professional , thorough, efficient, explained every thing very well

  • Jul 13, 2019

    I love the OSHU team.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    My providers were timely in providing care.Providers were all very pleasant with my exams.I was able to schedule some appointments in my home town which allowed me to shorten some traveling time.I look forward to my courteous and timely care ar OHSU

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Amazing! Been Waiting 20 months for assessment of my health issues. All were answered and explained. I got a good feeling of comfort from Dr. Sheppard and left feeling hopeful for the first time. Very efficient staff and all my future needs going forward were addressed and explained. Very good experience!

  • Jul 10, 2019

    Yes, my name is [Name] [Name]. I was [Name] [Name] husband. I've never found any more caring compassionate and kind people to work with and I'd like to thank you people up there very much for everything that you've done. If there's any recommendation or anything I can ever do to assist or help you people feel glad to give me a call at this same number. I'd like to thank you very much.

  • Jul 08, 2019

    Nice man, gave enough info for me to make my decision. I felt comfortable and in good hands for my up coming surgery.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    He gave us hope when others didn't. I couldn't have hoped for a better care provider and his team.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    My experience was very good. I was given a clear outline as to what I still need to have done before surgery can be scheduled.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Very caring, his whole staff/team are very kind.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Dr. Sheppard was the most kind man and considerate. He's a excellent doctor, just by talking to him. I would recommend him to anybody.

  • Jun 27, 2019

    Everything was explained in great detail about my upcoming surgery.Staff was courteous and answered all my questions.

  • Jun 20, 2019

    Excelente doctor. He did a great job in my surgery. He is really profesional, nice and great person

  • Jun 20, 2019

    I'm in good hands with Dr. Sheppard. He is the expert in his field. He listens and cares

  • Jun 20, 2019

    Everyone was fantastic.Look after Dr Shepherd he is the finest most compassionate doctor or even human being that you have.If everyone would treat people his way this world would e a better place.

  • Jun 20, 2019

    Enjoyed short conversation with Dr Sheppard. Friendlt & professional.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    Dr. Sheppard and his associates are always personable and kind, though highly professional.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    Dr was professional and did an excellent job.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    He is very professional and knowledged. I feel comfortable dealing with him.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    Dr Shepard is compassionate, authentic, honest and very through. He is a treasure. I feel I am in good honest competent hands with he and his team

  • Jun 02, 2019

    Brett Sheppard and his team where the most personable, the most professional providers I've had Just about anywhere. They told me what they were going to do, they went in and proceeded to do just that, they were extremely concerned about my comfort and about my pain level coming off of the epidural. I don't have words to (inaudible) their virtues enough, they were absolutely fantastic to me, to my visitors*