John T. Vetto M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology School of Medicine

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4.8 out of 5 (651 Ratings, 146 Comments)


  • Cancer

Special focus on

  • Breast Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Sarcoma


  • M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Oregon 1982
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1984
    • General Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1989
  • Fellowship:

    • Clinical Associateship in Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, 1986
    • Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 1991
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Surgery (1990, 2000)


Dr. Vetto received his M.D. degree from OHSU, graduating magna cum laude (with high honors) and earning membership in the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his general surgery training at Brigham and Womens Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in Boston and at the UCLA Medical Center. He performed two fellowships in surgical oncology (cancer surgery) at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Dr. Vetto then returned to OHSU where he is a now professor of surgery in the division of surgical oncology and director of the Department of Surgery cutaneous oncology program. He was one of the founding members of the OHSU Breast Program. He sees patients with melanoma, breast cancer, and sarcoma (soft tissue and muscle cancers). His research areas are in tumor immunology and cancer education.

His work in these areas has led to the publication of over 300 original scientific papers, abstracts, editorials and book chapters, more than 130 regional, national, and international invited lectureships and to extensive regional and national research grant funding. He is an active caregiver on the OHSU multidisciplinary breast cancer, and sarcoma patient care teams, and he heads the melanoma care team.

Dr. Vetto belongs to 22 professional organizations, has been a national reviewer for National Cancer Institute tumor immunology and cancer education grants, and has served as a reviewer for over 20 surgery and oncology journals. He is currently the  Deputy Editor of the Journal of Cancer Education. Dr. Vetto has received multiple OHSU and national awards for education and teaching, and has co-authored the cancer questions on the last four editions of SESAP, the American College of Surgeons national practice examination for general surgeons.

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Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (651 Ratings, 146 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

  • Sep 11, 2019

    Excellent care. Always made me feel like I was a real person.

  • Sep 09, 2019

    First time visit for my appointment....was treated very professionally and all staff was very friendly and helpful.I look forward to future appointments

  • Sep 04, 2019

    Every visit is very professional and the staff is courteous and helpful. I appreciate their "open door" policy.

  • Aug 06, 2019

    Referred to specialist. Seen for pre-op and operation. He has a very nice manner and allows the time to explain what he is going to do and answers all questions.

  • Aug 02, 2019

    Very good. He explained the procedure and answered my questions well.

  • Jul 30, 2019

    He seemed to be fairly thorough in his report of how and whrn the surgigical process would be and his staff did the same.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    We felt we were in excellent hands. The service, the professionalism and everything that went along with it, we couldn't have been more pleased and feel very lucky.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    Very friendly and took time to explain things in depth

  • May 22, 2019

    [Name] this is [Name] I felt very relaxed and I love the confidence of the staff in the doctors, it made me feel very relaxed and confident that they were going to take care of me and they did. They got me in and out of there in a timely fashion. I was really amazing. They weren't that busy today and but you know, I don't know if it's a little different than emergency surgery or day surgery, but I felt like I was in a 5 star hotel right from the pull up for the patient drop off you guys got it. It's awesome. Thank you so much, and I hope the rest of this treatment works out for me. I appreciate everybody and especially the doctors, the nurses, the anesthesiologist, and [Name]

  • May 03, 2019

    A bit scattered at first. Very knowledgeable and gained my trust quickly.

  • May 01, 2019

    Dr. Vetto is a very courteous, very professional doctor, and I would definitely recommend him and look forward to seeing him again.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    Not only excellent technical expertise, but excellent clinical expertise.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    This was just a follow up visit with Dr. Vetto from surgery he performed back in 2017. I'm very happy with Dr. Vetto and his staff. Eric Melanie, his PA and a young doctor that was in there, I didn't get her name, but I'm very happy with them and would certainly recommend them.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    The Doctor seemed very caring and concerned. He listened and spent as much time as I needed.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Dr. Vetto and all of his staff were great!

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Dr. Vetto is very competent and thorough but also takes time to explain things to his patients. Even though he is very busy, he takes the time required to answer any patient questions.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    Dr. Vetto is professional, thorough and one of the best doctors I have ever had.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Total expert on my issue!

  • Apr 05, 2019

    I enjoyed a very positive and informative interaction with Dr. Vetto and his associate Eric. They were upbeat and encouraging while being direct and straightforward and answered all of my questions and concerns.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Dr. Vetto is wonderful. He is extremely caring and compassionate. I greatly appreciate his expertise.

  • Apr 04, 2019

    Knowledgeable, experienced and answered all questions.

  • Apr 03, 2019

    Excellent visit with the Doctor. Very informative! Easy to talk to.

  • Apr 03, 2019

    He is an excellent professional.

  • Apr 03, 2019

    Dr. Vetto is just excellent and my time with him was efficient and friendly and informative and I really appreciate him, and I'm always a little bit scared when I go in to hear some of my results, but he always makes me feel better, and he was excellent. Thank you.

  • Mar 23, 2019

    Even though I was a little apprehensive because this is my first episode with melanoma. I was extremely pleased with the service I got from Dr. Vetto. Everything went really well. I was informed all the way through the day, surgery went perfectly as far as I could tell. Next day, I'm in no pain and everything went well.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    Hey was very very professional. I received everything that I expected.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    Very professional and likable.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    Everyone is alway considerate, on time appointments, and an evaluation you can understand.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    Everything was smooth, efficient, and professional. Everyone I detail with was affable and informative.

  • Mar 10, 2019

    Dr. Vetto is very personable and did a fabulous job and his assistant Eric is also really good. Thank you.

  • Mar 02, 2019

    I can't say enough good things about Dr. Vetto. He is a lovely doctor who really shows he cares about his patients. Thank you!

  • Mar 01, 2019

    I and my family so appreciate Dr. Vetto's care and follow-through. He is dealing with a difficult type of cancer with many unknowns and I totally trust his judgment. Thank you Dr. Vetto and your great team.

  • Feb 27, 2019

    Extremely knowledgeable and caring physician

  • Feb 22, 2019

    Great doctor!

  • Feb 22, 2019

    We came to his office for a 6 month follow up appointment. Upon seeing things were escalating, he immediately took action to explain what he felt was the next step(s).

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  • Feb 22, 2019

    Outstanding! Dr. Vetto and all the Staff are the BEST!

  • Feb 17, 2019

    He was informative, willing to answer all questions, caring, and calm. He was reassuring and got the next step planned quickly, which was very much appreciated.

  • Feb 16, 2019

    I appreciated his clear simple communication from the start. He is fabulous with sharing what to expect and that make his delivery of the news much easier to understand.

  • Feb 16, 2019


  • Feb 11, 2019

    Yeah, Dr. Vetto. He's very direct gets to the point quickly speaks intern that I understand and he seems to be concerned genuinely and is speaks kind of what he's thinking out loud.

  • Feb 08, 2019

    Dr. Vetto is very kind informative personable and we tell that he was very skillful and and [Name] had surgery and his Eric his PA is amazing, and we're very happy with them. Thank you.

  • Feb 05, 2019

    Dr. John Vetto was highly professional very engaging disarming. And asked many questions and wanted to get to know me and my situation his entire staff was extraordinary. I went and seen high marks give it to him for patient care. And what I witnessed was totally in line with what I experienced.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    Very professional, yet explains in simple terms.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    everyone was positive to work with.

  • Jan 28, 2019

    Dr Very o & his staff listened to all our concerns. Answered all question overall a wonderful experience

  • Jan 25, 2019

    It was just fine. I did not any thing of concern noted in my imaging, so it went well.

  • Jan 24, 2019

    All my questions are given easy to understand responses. Dr. Vetto and his assistant, Eric, communicate very well with us. They are very concerned and caring about me and my issues. The follow-up after surgery has been excellent.

  • Jan 21, 2019

    I am a metastatic disease patient in for an annual check. There was a suspect area in my chest x-ray. Dr Vetto and OHSU were able to give me a CT scan to investigate and Dr Vetto called me with the result the same day. Fortunately the scan was clear and the quick service saved me considerable anxiety.Dr Vetto and staff are tremendous - skilled and caring people.

  • Jan 19, 2019

    On time and complete.