Dr. Barry Sheppard

Thoracic Surgery
Oakland, CA
36 years experience male

Locations

Office

Oakland, CA

Address

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

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Fax

(510) 839-0806

Insurances accepted

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Medicaid

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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
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Thoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery

General Surgery

Doctor Q&A

96 Answers
71 Agrees
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Ignore: Calcification is important: noncalcified nodules could be cancer and warrant investigation.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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 (.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
A: A smoker is more likely to have a heart attack from smoking than to get lung cancer. Stop smoking!
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 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
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: That would indicate a nodule that is more amenable to an excisional biopsy (wedge resection operation) than centrally located nodules. But whether it ... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
What is nodule size?: What makes you "very high risk"? What to do instead of waiting? Nothing. Trust the screening process. In screening studies10% of everyone screened has... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Not Cystic Fibrosis: If you had cystic fibrosis you would know it long before your 40th birthday. COPD is a common cause of shortness of breath in smokers or ex-smokers wh... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Be assured: Borderline hypertension diagnosed in a 34 year old is highly unlikely to have started aneurysmal enlargement of an artery. High blood pressure can dri... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
It is complicated: People who receive transplants actually have their lives lengthened on average because they were dying from a failing heart. After transplant, though,... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Less active organ: The most common cancers arise from glandular tissues in the body and the more frequently that tissues turn over or replicate themselves the higher is ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Surgical Alternative: There is a very effective surgical treatment for hyperhydrosis that is recommended for facial, axillary, palmar or plantar sweating. It is a minimally... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
1 pack/week?: If one ppw means pack per week then your smoking exposure is probably low to moderate. (40 years smoking x 1 pack per week = 6 pack years of smoking) ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
No Screening Test: Lung Cancer is very deadly in nature but the treatment of Lung Cancer has fallen behind that of other common cancers because there has been no screeni... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Years: Some people survive years with a Stage III lung cancer, but the average survival is much less than that and is on the order of several months. Surviva... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Yes, but: Calcification of a lung nodule frequently indicates that it is benign in nature. It is the noncalcified nodules that are most concerning for lung canc... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Many things: Hemoptysis or coughing up blood from the lungs has several causes. Blood tinged sputum can happen from repeated, forceful coughing. Coughing up more t... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
No: No reliable difference in reported symptoms
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Depends on size: Cancers grow by each of their cells dividing into 2. How often they divide depends on the cancer and is referred to as the doubling time (dt). The dou... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
CT Surgery: We started using it in our port access mitral valve and aortic valve operations instead of On-Q 6 months ago and have been very happy with the results... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
It varies: Most likely the lung cancer will be the cause of his death and predictably within months not years - but that is an average and some patients live yea... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Cough: New onset of a cough is the most common symptom of lung cancer but it is so nonspecific that as a symptom it is not very helpful in diagnosing lung ca... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
No. Unlikely.: At 26 years of age it is highly unlikely that this very small nodule is a cancer unless you have already had or have cancer. A PET scan is unreliable ... Read More
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HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sheppard is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
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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