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Dr. Barry Sheppard

Thoracic Surgery
Oakland, CA
35 years experience male

Locations

Office

Oakland, CA

Address

3300 Webster Street, Suite 500, Oakland, CA, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
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Fax

(510) 839-0806

Insurances accepted

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Aetna

Alameda Alliance for Health

Blue Shield of California

UnitedHealthcare

UPMC Health Plan

Cigna

Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company

Medicaid

Medicare

About

Bio

I am a boarded Cardiothoracic Surgeon doing adult cardiac and thoracic operations. I have a special interest in Lung Cancer and was a Principle Investigator in clinical trial evaluation of low-dose CT screening for Lung Cancer. The International Early Lung Cancer Action Program 's (I-ELCAP) seminal research was the reason for the National Lung Screening Program.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Thoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery

General Surgery

Doctor Q&A

96 Answers
71 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Skinny people have less subcutaneous fat which makes veins more visible. Men tend to have bigger more noticeable veins and physically active people ha... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Impossible to know: How big is the burn? Have you seen a medical professional for this? and if so what treatments were recommended and have they been followed. The assess... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
A: A smoker is more likely to have a heart attack from smoking than to get lung cancer. Stop smoking!
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Years: Stage IV lung cancer means that it has spread to a distant site (outside of the lung) and usually is incurable although some patients with a single me... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Endoscopy is used to screen for esophageal cancer in certain high risk individuals where chronic acid reflux has changed the type of cells lining the ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
It could: If your lung carcinoid was a "typical" carcinoid and removed when only 1.5 cm in size your 5 year disease free survival is greater than 95% but not 10... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
I-ELCAP Center: The I-ELCAP centers around the country and the world have extensive experience with the process of screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans. ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: But currently we cannot determine which thymomas will behave in a benign fashion and which ones will prove to be malignant so they all need to be remo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Lung CA Specialists: Specialists who diagnose and treat lung cancer are Pulmonologists, Thoracic Surgeons, Medical oncologists, and Radiation Oncologists. Stroke specialis... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Currently smoking history is best predictor of risk for smoking associated lung cancers, other known predictors are presence of COPD and prior persona... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Like all cancers typical lung carcinoids have individual doubling times which have been reported to average 400 days but that is an average and there ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Unknown: If you had a typical carcinoid of the lung removed by thoracotomy and it was a Stage IA (less than 3cm/ no +nodes you have a 95% chance of cure and ca... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Nothing: Full body ct scanning as a screening test is not recommended for just these reasons. Three tiny nodules in the lungs were found and now there ensues a... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Radiologist Review: Having a radiologist review the studies should provide an answer as to why it isn't seen on the lung ct scan. The thickness of the slices (how the sca... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
No: The short answer is no, lung nodules are in areas of the body which do not have pain receptors. A nodule that involves the pleura (lining or edge) of ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: But there are very few truly benign solid tumors that occur in the lung. The only type seen with any frequency are hamartomas. Lung nodules that are ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
No: Sleeping pills should be used for only a brief time and for a stressful situation which is not normal. Sleeping pills alter the stages of sleep and qu... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
See a Thorac Surgeon: He needs to be seen by a thoracic surgeon who routinely does several esophageal operations a year. Obviously there has already been a biopsy since you... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Diverticulitis: This could be any number of things including an infectious diarrhea, or diverticulitis, appendicitis or even a kidney stone. Severe symptoms indicate ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Depending on whether you have a history of tobacco use, or other less common exposures (Radon, asbestos) a noncalcified 13 mm nodule requires further ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
PET not diagnostic: A 7mm nodule might light up on a pet scan if it has a very high sugar uptake, but that would not be diagnostic of cancer, it could be an infection. A ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Infectious effusion: A pleural effusion that is secondary to infection is different from those due to cancer or heart failure. In a 31 yo I am assuming the effusion from ... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: The degree of ascending aortic enlargement is small and would no be expected to be picked up on a regular chest x-ray. A ct scan or MRI would be neede... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Stage Cancer: After diagnosis of lung cancer is made the next step is to accurately stage the cancer so that appropriate therapy can be discussed. 25% of lung canc... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
It might be: Pain from angina (reversible ischemia) or a heart attack (irreversible ischemia) can present in different ways in different people. It is usually felt... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Too early to screen: Fam hx of lung cancer in a first degree relative? Less concerning if it is not. Former smoker at 32? What is your pk/yr smoking history? Risk does not... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Oncology referral: Stage IV lung cancer is noncurable but it is treatable in that your father's quality of life and the length of his life can be increased by medical ca... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Ignore: Calcification is important: noncalcified nodules could be cancer and warrant investigation.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
ENT surgeon: Ear, nose and throat surgeons also known as "head and neck" surgeons or "otolaryngologists" are the appropriate specialty for tracheal tumors of the u... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Poor term: All cancers are better treated when found early. Lung cancers of all types progress significantly before producing symptoms. 75% of non small cell lun... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: I think what the doctor meant by that is that you have an abnormally strong negative reaction to cold temperatures. Raynaud's syndrome involves extrem... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
It could be.: Determining whether a lung nodule is cancer is a process. Smoking history and age are important. Size is important. "very small" nodules (.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes, Finally: Based on the pioneering work of Dr Claudia Henschke and the IELCAP lung cancer screening centers around the world, Low dose CT scanning has now been ... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Absolutely: Stage IA lung cancer that is resected with a lobectomy and lymph node sampling has better than an 80% cure rate. Stage IB, IIA and IIB are also freque... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Carcinoids are cancers of Kulchitsky cell origin. In the chest they can be in the lung tissue, or arise from the walls of the tracheobronchial tree or... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Good news: If the radiologist's impression of a nodule is that it is likely a calcified granuloma then that is good news it means that it is a scar from a prior ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Highly unlikely: Typical lung carcinoids grow very slowly, the slowest on average of all lung cancers. And they metastasize late in their development. For a stage I (l... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
35 years: Cancers start as one cell which divides into 2 and then each of those cells divide making 4, etc. So tumors double in size at a regular interval which... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Prevent blood clots: Blood thinners are given to decrease the risk of clots forming in the vascular system.Heart attacks are caused by clots in the coronary arteries (bloo... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
No: lung cancer only hurts when it grows out of the lung and into the chest wall. In that situation pain is ongoing and gets progressively unbearable. If ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Acute vs chronic: A heart attack [myocardial infarction (MI)] is the death of a portion of the heart muscle that occurs when the artery supplying blood closes. It happe... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Maybe: There are typical appearances of certain cancers but none are specific enough to provide a diagnosis. What you describe sounds worrisome for a malign... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
It depends: A single solid noncalcified nodule in the lung is worrisome as it may represent an early lung cancer. Multiple nodules in both lungs indicates either ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Usually progressive: Symptoms from lung cancer generally indicate a progressed Stage of disease and are usually persistent and worsening - the exception being a pneumonia ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Unlikely: But it may need to be followed up to insure that it is not enlarging. Someone who has never smoked regularly, or had exposure to certain carcinogens (... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Too many things: Right sided abdominal pain in a 25 y o woman could be appendicitis, civerticulitis, crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, intermittent partial bowel ob... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
No: A PET scan looks at tissue uptake of radiolabelled sugar. Cancers and infections take "light up" on PET/CT scans whereas scar tissue does not. A biop... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
You are at risk for: developing lung cancer in your lifetime. We do not currently know the conversion factor for pot smoking that is equivalent to 30pk/yrs of tobacco abus... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Chances are good: A 1cm cancer resected with a lobectomy and lymph node sampling is a stage ia lung cancer (if nodes are negative for cancer) the chance for cure is 80 ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Good option: Endovascular repair of a thoracic aneurysm is a type of surgical repair in which a stent is placed from the inside of the aorta which effectively repl... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sheppard is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sheppard is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! You never mentioned when would be good time to screen.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! But can ct of chest with contrast see these tumours
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much and god bless

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of South Carolina School of Medicine, SC
Graduated 1987MD

Residency

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Residency

UC Davis Medical Center

Awards

Thought Leader, First Place, Alameda County Region - Spring
2014
Top Doctor, Third Place, Alameda County Region - Spring
2014
Top Thoracic Surgeon , First Place, California - Fall
2014

Affiliations

California Medical Association
American Medical Association
Society of Thoracic Surgery
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