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 (164 Ratings, 54 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 (164 Ratings, 54 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 12, 2019

    This physician is very smart and was very helpful in understanding everything and we thank you very much. Than push one, and push the enter key.

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Always good —

  • Aug 20, 2019

    Good but very late.

  • Aug 20, 2019

    I find Dr. Schipper to be extremely professional and very thorough in his explanations.

  • Jul 30, 2019

    Very nice. professional it's all good.

  • Jul 09, 2019

    Very professional, courteous, responsive to patient questions.

  • Jul 06, 2019

    This is my 6th year of going down to OHSU and seeing Dr. Schipper and all these meetings are on time or very close to it and always very informative and I appreciate that very much.

  • Jun 26, 2019

    OHSU is awesome! I have never received anything but exceptional care from your hospital, and I will always recommend it to anyone in need of medical attention. Both of my stays at OHSU-- one brief, one lasting several days-- were positive, memorable experiences. Not only did my surgeon, Dr. Paul Schipper, completely undo the damage to my chest wall that was caused by my original surgeon-- he fixed my chest, which took painful pressure off my heart and lungs, and has also made me feel a million times better about my appearance. I was respected and treated with great kindness by everyone I met during my time at OHSU: RNs, CNAs, IMPACT Team members, doctors, physical therapists and the people who clean the rooms. In conclusion, OHSU is a wonderful hospital that employs a whole lot of awesome, genuinely caring people. I am looking forward to my future bar removal surgery because I trust that I will be in good hands. :)

  • Jun 25, 2019

    great experience, but wait time was too long.

  • Jun 05, 2019

    He is kind and seems willing to listen to questions that may or may not be directly related but helpful.

  • Jun 04, 2019

    Dr. Schipper and his resident doctor were simply amazing. They were absolutely patient and took the time to explain complex things to me in a way that I could understand. I came out of the visit feeling like I have a confident path forward in my care. Thank you.

  • May 11, 2019

    Very informative second opinion with 2 MDs. Thank you very much.

  • May 09, 2019

    My experience was very good, as always.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    As always, my follow-ups have been quick, efficient without waiting overly long. Dr. Schipper and/or his P.A.'s have been pleasant, informative and obviously are concerned for me, my well-being and my future. I appreciate that.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    I am very grateful for the service that gives me very attentive very special and I am very happy and very comfortable for the attention that has given me.

  • Apr 16, 2019

    Thoughtful and clearly explained what was going to be done

  • Apr 11, 2019

    I had a very good doctor appointment and was treated with great respect

  • Apr 10, 2019

    Hi, this is [Name] I had an appointment with Dr. Schipper. He is amazingly professional, he is considerate, he is thorough in his answers, he is thorough in his information he gives me. I really respect and appreciate who he has...who he is and the training he has. I would recommend him with my eyes closed to any and everybody. He is an amazing, amazing doctor. Thank you so much for letting me tell you this. [Name]

  • Apr 09, 2019

    Answered all of my questions and spent time reviewing my surgery.

  • Apr 03, 2019

    OHSU is one of the few places available for specialized health issues.

  • Apr 02, 2019

    Dr.Schipper along with Dan Werle the NP, explained with clarity what me medical condition was and ways to approach it.My daughters were present and both too time to answer questions, concerns and also made sure we ALL understood and felt hood with the visit.

  • Apr 02, 2019

    With my numerous medical issues I find it difficult to concentrate when someone is speaking to me. I always have my husband attend with me to remember what was said or re-explain at a later time. Dr. Schipper made it easy for me with his explanations and drawings. He was very patient, knowledgeable about patients like myself with complex immune diseases and answered every question we could come up with. We left his office feeling confident that this doctor had my best interest.

  • Mar 19, 2019

    Dr. Schipper answered all my questions and provided information about my condition that helped me. The wait time to see him was very long, 1 1/2 hours about.

  • Mar 14, 2019

    i trust Dr. Schipper with my life.

  • Mar 07, 2019

    I was very impressed with Dr. Schipper. I would highly recommend him to anybody else. My experience was wonderful with them. Thank you.

  • Mar 01, 2019

    Very thorough in what to expect from surgery. Matched with everything that I had read about.

  • Mar 01, 2019

    Dr. Schipper is an extremely polite, professional, knowledgeable man. He thoroughly answered all of my questions and put my mind at ease. I believe that he truly has my best interest at heart. I am glad to have met Dr. Schipper, and I look forward to my next appointment with him.

  • Feb 05, 2019

    Dr. Schipper provided great care and was compassionate with regards to my procedure. He communicated throughout the process which put me at great ease.

  • Feb 05, 2019

    He was very open to all my questions, which I appreciated. I'm still overwhelmed about the whole procedure; however, he was able to answer my questions.

  • Jan 16, 2019

    Dr. Schipper and his assistants were very professional and explained procedures well. I appreciate that Dr. Schipper is straight-forward and to the point about all phases of treatment. He's kind and caring as are all those I met at the clinic.

  • Jan 15, 2019

    Yes, I was really pleased with all the...explanation I got of all the things that could be done and the consequences of all the things that we were going to do, and I...I got talked to 3 different people and got everybody's opinion and they listened to everything that I had to say and I was just so pleased with the explanations I got. I didn't have any idea what my options would be and what the outcome would be, when we got done with all the procedures that needed to be done, and I felt so much better after talking to all the people out there, cause I worried about, you know, for a couple weeks (INAUDIBLE). I feel so much better since I*

  • Jan 15, 2019

    Yes, I found him very thorough - the information he provided was explained well, clearly giving me options. There was total interest that he showed in me was very much appreciated - everything about him was - seemed very dedicated to my welfare, and I'm sure the welfare of his other patients. I became very confident in this person - was glad that I met him.

  • Jan 09, 2019

    Cat scan very professional and wait time less than 2 minutes.

  • Jan 09, 2019

    We were very pleased with the way the doctor talked to us and explained things. It's was very very helpful and much better service than what we had received where we previously been going if we we really did appreciate how he talked to us and explained things. Thank you.

  • Dec 26, 2018

    Nice man gave me a lot of information and made me feel confident about the procedure

  • Nov 28, 2018

    Dr Schipper is pleasant. He has someone else come in before him and explain things and ask me questions and review my medical history (not the nurse). As a result, I feel I don't have his full attention or expertise in response to all my questions. This seemed to be his method the first time I met with him as well. As a result, I do not feel I get to know him very well.

  • Nov 28, 2018

    I feel that he was quite knowledgeable and very nice to talk to, very understanding of what was going on with my situation and just a warm person.

  • Nov 07, 2018

    really felt confident in him.

  • Oct 31, 2018

    The initial wait time was about 45 minutes, which I would have liked to know since I struggled to get there on time. Other than the wait time, the resident Doctor was very nice. Even though it was my first time meeting her, she knew my situation and the wait in the clinical examination room was short. Dr. Shipper was great as always. I explained my pain to him and he took much precaution to identifying the cause since I have had a unusual medical history. I wished I could schedule my imaging appointment on the same day since I have to travel in traffic again to get to OHSU.

  • Oct 31, 2018

    Yeah, Dr. Schipper was an absolutely great guy. He explained very clearly. He told us what he was going to do and all the options and just made us feel great, so we strongly, strongly recommend him to anybody.

  • Oct 18, 2018

    I've always had a very good experience when I go to to Dr. Schipper's office. They're very accurate very thorough and they're right there to answer any questions I have and I think that they're great.

  • Oct 02, 2018

    He was friendly, knowledgeable and direct. He made me feel comfortable in his ability to care for me.

  • Sep 25, 2018

    Short wait, Dr. Shipper is pleasant, friendly and makes me feel comfortable.

  • Sep 25, 2018

    Very professional, answered questions, and explained check upsneeded for the future.Thx

  • Sep 18, 2018

    He took time to explain my options and described procedures. Very Kind thoughtful man.

  • Aug 21, 2018

    Dr.  is an excellent doctor. He explains everything in a normal language that anybody could understand. He was very soft spoken but very knowledgeable. And just an absolutely excellent doctor.

  • Aug 20, 2018

    Dr. was very good and working out a plan and future testing. We had one test today on diaphragms, and he's testing 2 of to get to the bottom of what is causing my problem with my lung. I'm very satisfied and excited to get the complete testing so we can get to the bottom of my problem. He's a very good doctor. Thank you.

  • Aug 07, 2018

    He explained the procedure well and thorough, and was very informative.

  • Aug 07, 2018

    Dr Schipper was very good and explained the status of my condition and the possibility of the surgery.

  • Jul 31, 2018

    Yes I think he's an absolutely first rate physician and I thought the same thing of everybody on the staff also. Wonderful people. I couldn't be happier with the outcome. They're very good at what they do.

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