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 (577 Ratings, 196 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. Brett Sheppard is a professor of surgery and vice chair for clinical affairs and quality in the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine. He is also co-director of OHSU's Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care.

Dr. Sheppard is one of the world's leading [TM1] experts on surgery for diseases of the pancreas, especially pancreatic cancer. He also performs surgery for other diseases of the pancreas and adrenal gland, and for disorders of the stomach and esophagus. When minimally invasive surgery is possible, Dr. Sheppard uses his skills and knowledge in the procedures to help patients recover more quickly and with less discomfort.

Dr. Sheppard is deeply committed to keeping patients safe and to enhancing the quality of surgical care. His passion is learning more through research to help doctors detect pancreatic cancer earlier. Finding cancer earlier will significantly improve patient results from cancer treatment. He also performs research on improving the results of gastrointestinal (digestive system) surgery, and on how to make the best use of minimally invasive surgery techniques.

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  • English

Memberships and associations

  • Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American College of Surgeons-Fellow
  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG)
  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
  • American Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association (AHPBA)
  • American Pancreas Association (APA)
  • American Surgical Association (ASA)
  • MIS Fellowship Council
  • North Pacific Surgical Association
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
  • Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO)
  • Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)
  • Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC)
  • Western Surgical Association
  • The Mackenzie Alumni Society
  • Multnomah County Medical Society
  • Portland Surgical Society
  • Oregon Medical Association
  • Oregon Chapter-American College of Surgeons

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (577 Ratings, 196 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

  • Dec 12, 2019

    Very kind, listens, and is personable

  • Dec 12, 2019

    Very thorough and took time to explain all our options. Very professional yet personable.

  • Dec 12, 2019

    Dr Sheppard and his fellow, Pria, were very professional and explained in detail what their plan was for my upcoming surgery. They were very attentive and took the time to answer all my questions. You should feel proud that they are on your staff.

  • Dec 12, 2019

    Very personable and caring at a time when I needed it. He was ready and well informed, with a workable plan for my appointment. Thank you for making time for me.

  • Dec 12, 2019

    Very nice and knowledgeable doctor. Feel safe and in good hands!

  • Dec 11, 2019

    Excellent care

  • Dec 06, 2019

    Very down to earth, factual and personable thought the answers we got aren't that great.

  • Dec 05, 2019

    Very competent surgeon and exceptional support staff

  • Nov 21, 2019

    Dr Sheppard was very thorough and explained the surgery very well

  • Nov 08, 2019

    Dr. Sheppard was great.

  • 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

    Dr Sheppard is professional, kind and caring. I trust him as my surgeon and cant thank him enough for the care hes given me. I also want to thank Dr Dupree. Also caring, kind and knowledgable.

  • Oct 24, 2019

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

  • Oct 19, 2019

    Hi, I wanted to say that Dr. Sheppard was very compassionate, and he took time to listen to me in what was really going on. He also fit me into his schedule - and I know he was cram packed. So I greatly appreciate all the care and expertise that he provided. Thank you.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    My wife and I were both impressed with OHSU. I sent a note to Dr. Sheppard asking a question, but I added that wherever we went at OHSU, we felt well taken care of by good people. I did receive good news! But my comment would have been the same regardless of the news.My brother-in-law used to sit on the BOD, and he told me that OHSU was a cutting edge institution with great doctors and scientists. But he said that beyond that, they're good people. When I had a possible diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, it was an easy choice to come to OHSU.

  • Oct 17, 2019

    All around gifted surgeon! Thank you!

  • Oct 17, 2019

    First met with Dr. Sheppard's staff member, I believe that was Dr. Krama. Very pleasant and did a very good in taking an "in take" interview. Shortly Dr. Sheppard came in the exam room and went over details of the visit and explain a course of treatment. Very thorough.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Everything about the appointment was professional and thorough. Staff were prepared and anticipated questions and concerns. I Left feeling that all health issues in my apparently complicated case were completely addressed and I have confidence in the plan going forward.

  • Oct 14, 2019

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

  • Sep 26, 2019

    Everyone was friendly and helpful. Beyond that, Dr Sheppard was just wonderful, knowledgeable and kind. I feel very comfortable relying on him for guidance and as my surgeon.

  • Sep 26, 2019

    I owe and trust my lie with Dr. Shepperd. He always runs late. I understand. When I was first diagnosed w/ my cancer whotook whatever time I needed to answer my questions/concerns. However, since I drive from Grants Pass OR and make the round trip in a day, I appreciate the CT and team working together so I can safely (weather and light) make the round trip in a day.

  • Sep 26, 2019

    Been experiencing abdominal pain for months with no explanation as to why until I was referred to OHSU. Not the news I wanted to hear, but at least I finally got an answer

  • 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.