Paul Henry Schipper M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C.P.

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Faculty profile
  • Program director, OHSU Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (214 Ratings, 12 Comments)


  • Cancer
  • Surgery

Special focus on

  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thymoma and Thymic Malignancies


  • B.A., Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois 1992
  • M.D., University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City Iowa 1996
  • Residency:

    • General surgery, New York University, 2001
  • Fellowship:

    • General thoracic surgery, Mayo Clinic, 2004
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Surgery, 2003 and 2012


Dr. Schipper does all types of general thoracic (chest and lung) surgery. He has a particular interest in lung and esophageal cancer, emphysema surgery and minimally invasive thoracic surgical techniques. He came to OHSU in 2004 to work with innovative surgeons and researchers as well as to teach residents his specialty.

In his spare time, Dr. Schipper enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and two children on snow skis, mountain bikes, road bikes or on foot while hiking. He is also active with his son's Boy Scout troop, is himself an Eagle Scout and enjoys singing in the church choir.

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  • English

Memberships and associations

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (214 Ratings, 12 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

  • Friendliness/courtesy 4.8
  • Explanations about your problem/condition 4.8
  • Concern shown for your questions/worries 4.8
  • Effort made to include you in treatment decisions 4.8
  • Used words you could understand 4.8
  • Amount of time spent with you 4.8
  • Your confidence in care provider 4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.8

Patient Comments

  • May 10, 2018

    amazing doctor and staff

  • Nov 13, 2017

    Dr. Schipper is attentive, informative and kind. He listened to, and answered my questions.

  • Oct 30, 2017

    I was referred by a pulmonologist to seek care with a cardiothoracic surgeon. After image tests, it has been determined that surgery is required. I requested a visit with Dr. Schipper. The visit went well and also included my daughter who participated by phone from Wisconin. Dr. Schipper explained the test results and suggested the need for surgery and also that it was my choice to refuse surgery at this time. After looking at both sides and assessing my present health, I determined it would be in my best interest to have the surgery. That decision revealed a problem. I live in Portland alone with no one available to assist me. Dr. Schipper explained the aftercare needed for six weeks. My daughter does not want me to have the surgery in PDX because of that situation. I, also, have concerns with the reality of the present circumstances. She has contacted a surgeon in Milwaukee, WI who has accepted my case. So here is the outcome. Dr. Schipper and OHSU are my #1 choice for surgeon and facility, but I must go to Milwaukee for the service. Dr Schipper brings experience, knowledge and grace to his professional visits. It has been my observation that those attributes are not always present elsewhere. OHSU should value him highly as he complements the institution's overall objective. My thanks to Dr. Paul Schipper.

  • Apr 21, 2017

    Dr Schipper and Dan Werle are both great

  • Jan 09, 2017

    Dr. Schipper and PA were patient, caring and very informative. My anxiety level was pretty high; it helped immensely that they were calm and sympathetic, and took the time to answer my questions. Doctors and staff have a tremendous influence on the energy of the visit. When a patient is facing a stressful or frightening diagnosis, it can make it so much worse if they are short, impatient or dismissive. Conversely, when they are calm and caring, the patient has the opportunity to mirror that energy.

  • Nov 14, 2016

    Can't put into one particular experience, but he made sure I understood our plan and that I was always included. in decisions.

  • Oct 31, 2016

    cold manner without going into details about what I should expect. Felt he couldn't help me so shuffled me off to next care provider.

  • Sep 19, 2016

    I never actually saw him

  • Sep 12, 2016


  • Aug 29, 2016

    I like the way he's not afraid to tell you like it is

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