Kevin G. Billingsley M.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology

Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology School of Medicine

Not currently accepting patients

4.9 out of 5 (260 Ratings, 111 Comments)


  • Cancer

Special focus on

  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Gall Bladder Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Sarcoma


  • B.S., Stanford University, Palo Alto California 1985
  • M.D., The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore Maryland 1989
  • Residency:

    • Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Fellowship:

    • Surgery branch, metabolism section, National Cancer Institute, 1994
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Surgery, 1997 (recertified 2007)


Kevin Billingsley, M.D., is a gastrointestinal surgical oncologist with a particular focus on tumors involving the liver, pancreas and bile ducts. He also provides surgical care for patients with gastric cancers, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, peritoneal malignancies and sarcomas.

Dr. Billingsley’s background includes fellowship training in cancer surgery at the National Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Before joining the faculty at OHSU, Dr. Billingsley was on the surgical faculty at the University of Washington.

Dr. Billingsley and the surgical oncology team aim to provide the highest level of surgical expertise coupled with compassionate, individualized patient care. With his team, Billingsley works extensively with other oncology providers at OHSU and throughout the Northwest to provide comprehensive care for cancer patients through all stages of disease.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Billingsley is the Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and serves on the executive leadership team of the Knight Cancer Institute. His research involves clinical trials in gastrointestinal cancer and studying the mechanisms of cancer cell resistance, metastasis and survival. He has published extensively on topics ranging from the quality of cancer care to clinical studies of therapy for pancreatic cancer and liver metastases. He is also interested in the role of hope and healing for cancer patients and families.

Dr. Billingsley and his colleague, Skye Mayo, M.D., M.P.H., are working with the gastrointestinal medical oncology service to provide innovative treatments for patients with colorectal liver metastases. OHSU is one of only two sites in the Western United States to offer hepatic arterial infusion, a unique treatment option for patients with extensive metastatic disease in the liver.

During his career at OHSU, Dr. Billingsley has been extensively involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows, lecturing nationally and internationally. He believes that training the next generation of physicians to practice with compassion and scientific excellence is one of his most important responsibilities.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Billingsley enjoys spending free time with his wife and children, as well as cycling, skiing, traveling and cooking.

- 49 articles in peer-reviewed journals
- Course director for four continuing medical education accredited GI cancer conferences
- Ad hoc reviewer for six national and international medical journals


  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships and associations

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Southwest Oncology Group
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association of Academic Surgery
  • American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • James IV Association
  • North Pacific Surgical Association
  • Seattle Surgical Society
  • Western Surgical Association
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • Portland Surgical Society

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (260 Ratings, 111 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

  • Oct 06, 2019

    I have great confidence in Dr Billingsley and regret he is moving.

  • Oct 04, 2019

    Dr B has been a steady and thorough caregiver. He has taken an interest in my situation and I trust his guidance.He will be missed.

  • Oct 03, 2019

    Dr. Billingsley is a fantastic person and doctor! It is a shame OHSU is losing him to Yale in December 2019. He treated me with respect, listened to my worries and took my goals into consideration when discussing my options.

  • Sep 26, 2019

    Dr Billingsley treated my sister in law and she was so impressed she recommended him. I agree, Dr. Billingsley was so kind, uplifting and gave us so much more information than my current oncologist. I am very grateful for his knowledge and expertise.

  • Sep 01, 2019

    Excellent knowledge, clear recommendations, helpful answers to my questions

  • Aug 23, 2019

    Dr. Billingsley performed a critical Whipple surgery on me in 2014 and has personally followed up with me every 6 months until my successfully getting to clean of cancer after 5 years this week. I owe him my life. After that he has been the best and most professional medical Doctor I have ever experienced in my 72 years. He is approachable, friendly and simply the best person you could ask for to help you in a life threatening cancer situation. I've throughly enjoyed every visit with him starting with before surgery, in ICU, in recovery, and all those many over the years afterwards.He is the best. I will miss him a lot after we move to east coast soon.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    Doctor Billinsley and his staff were great to deal with.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    My questions were answered straight forward and very thorough.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    I really like Dr. Billingsley, is that he is very straight forward. And tells you what. If it's good news he tells you if it's bad news he makes sure you understand it could be bad news and it's real thorough and very likable person. So that's about it for him. Bye.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    I would like to say I've never had a better experience in the hospital, wonderful doctors, nurses. Nobody was grouchy, they were excellent to me, I have not one complaint. I cannot have asked for a friendlier, better care and Dr. Billingsley, was exceptional. He looked me straight in the eye and talk to me just like I was a human being not the way some doctors talk to you like you're not very important. I cannot say enough for the hospital and for the doctors and this team that I dealt with. Thank you.

  • Aug 12, 2019


  • Aug 10, 2019

    Yes, I would like to do feedback for Dr. Billingsley. He was very informative to me and he took the utmost care and he, he give you the impression and he did really, he cares about you as his patient and I was I'm very impressed with him. I would refer anybody to go to him, he's good doctor. Okay. Thank you.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    Straight forward knowledgeable and friendly.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    Yes, I felt that my visit with Dr. Billingsley was very good, he was very informative very, you know, real excellent, you know bed side manner, and very helpful and easy to understand what he had to say, and the other doctor - the lady that came in was very good too - and yes, I can't say enough. I thought it was very very good, I really enjoyed that - that's about all I have to say and thanks again. Bye.

  • Aug 02, 2019


  • Aug 01, 2019

    He shows concern and is clear with his answers.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    Very informative for what's to come

  • Jul 25, 2019

    Very courteous and helpful

  • Jul 20, 2019

    Yeah, Dr. Billingsley and his entire team were fantastic. They did an outstanding job, and I'm doing well a month later.

  • Jul 13, 2019

    Dr. Billingsley was extremely thorough, answered all the questions, and I feel fairly safe having him do the surgeries on me.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    Dr Billingsley, his partner and Molly were rays of sunshine. There were so many patients that we did not expect to be treated like family and from beginning to end all 3 took time and explained everything, even taking time to re explain when we needed clarification. We feel 100% confident and comfortable with having surgery after having such a great office visit. Can not thank these 3 enough for their genuine care and kindness!

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Dr. Billingsley actually is an incredible asset to that hospital (INAUDIBLE) and we just can't speak highly enough about him.Thank you.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    I felt like Dr. Kevin Billingsley was very honest with me. He didn't beat around the bush. He took his time with me though. I didn't feel rushed and I went away feeling like a had a great big burden lifted off my shoulders and basically, I was very happy with... with my visit with him. Thank you.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Dr. Billingsley was patient and attentive. He explained everything in a way could understand. He also listened and answered all our questions.

  • Jun 27, 2019


  • Jun 27, 2019

    Dr Billingsley is so very personable and knowledgeable! I always look forward to appointments with him.

  • Jun 27, 2019

    Dr. Billingsley inspired great confidence in me from the start. He is attentive, personable, pleasant. Obviously I could not assess his abilities as a surgeon but I never had doubts after I met him in our first visit. He conveyed information well enough for this surgery-shocked, emotionally wrung-out patient and her family to understand.I am so grateful to have been under his care.

  • Jun 27, 2019

    He is very calm and composed and takes time to listen to your concerns.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    Dr. Billingsley is an amazing surgeon and very understanding and very compassionate with his patients has a wonderful bed side manner listens to questions and concerns and truly cares about the well being of his patients in need takes it very very personally. I have enjoyed being his patient even under difficult circumstances. He has been very understanding and I've been very appreciative.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    Dr. Billingsley, he has always being very friendly and very courteous and extremely well aware of my problems. And has offered plenty of advice and I would certainly recommend it to anybody that I come in contact with. Thank you.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    I was very impressed with their concern the professionalism the clarity. Just the overall experience was just wonderful the nurse and entering the doctor. The only problem I had with OHSU is I don't like driving in Portland.

  • May 31, 2019

    The doctor was very professional and a good listener.

  • May 31, 2019

    Dr. Billingsley is a brilliant surgeon and a wonderful provider. He saved my life and has continued to genuinely care about my health and well-being long after surgery.

  • May 25, 2019

    Dr. B has been my cancer surgery doctor for these past five years. I have complete trust and faith in him.

  • May 23, 2019

    Highly professional yet also personable and REALLY cares about his patients

  • May 13, 2019

    He had great rationale for my questions and took time to listen to my concerns. He also has great confidence in his skills and was very reassuring.

  • May 02, 2019

    Dr Billingsly is thorough and compassionate and his expertise gives me total confidence and security that I am getting the best care possible for my condition.

  • May 02, 2019

    Verry professional caring personel. Verry proficient.

  • Apr 27, 2019

    I was very happy with the visit with Dr. Billingsley. He was very informative on the next procedure and they had already made arrangements to get approval for the next step in my treatment.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    He is professional, present, informed, experienced, compassionate, and patient. Explained process of what to consider when deciding to have surgery or not, what the surgery would entail, likely recovery time, and possible risks. No pressure, just clear about what is recommended and respect for my questions and past experience with surgery.

  • Apr 20, 2019

    Dr. Billingsley is kind and caring, he listens carefully and makes intelligent comments about my health care that make me feel good that he understands and knows what's going on.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    I felt like he cared about me personally, he called me by my name several times!!

  • Apr 18, 2019

    A. Very long, long wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Apr 18, 2019

    The doctor listens real well and shows a true concern about my condition

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Always nice people there!

  • Apr 09, 2019

    He is very through and explains everything in a way that we could understand what is going on and what to do next!

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Dr. Billingsley listens to my concerns (and even my corny jokes). I don't feel rushed in a visit. He is willing to monitor my condition, rather than jump to surgery, but he sets clear guidelines on when he would recommend surgery. He is a cool surgeon!

  • Mar 26, 2019

    Dr B is always very professional and friendly.

  • Mar 14, 2019

    disappointed the documents sent prior a week prior to arrival were not read or looked at. i had to remind him why i was there.

  • Feb 24, 2019

    Lovely people. Clean, bright buildings.