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R. Wes Shepherd, MD

R. Wes Shepherd, MD

out of 5
163 Ratings


Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine


Internal Medicine


Ambulatory Care Center

417 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Medical School

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill


VCU Medical Center


Pulmonary and Critical Care, VCU Medical Center


Dr. Wes Shepherd is Professor of Interventional Pulmonology, Associate Professor of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine and has an appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. He provides clinical services in the Medical Respiratory ICU, the Interventional Pulmonology (IP) procedure consult service, the general Pulmonary Clinic, and as part of the multidisciplinary Chest Tumor Clinic in Massey Cancer Center.

Over the past 14 years, Dr. Shepherd has developed our Interventional Pulmonology Program into the most comprehensive interventional pulmonology program in Virginia and one of the preeminent programs in the country. Interventional Pulmonology specializes in the management of patients with both benign and malignant complex airway disease, advanced diagnostic techniques of the chest, and pleural disease. These services are vital for patients with a broad range of complex acute and chronic illnesses, and Dr. Shepherd has met this need with the recruitment of expert faculty, development of a research program, and creation of an IP Fellowship, now in its ninth year.

The success of this program is a testament to Dr. Shepherd’s dedication to effective interdisciplinary care, strong patient and physician communication, and his strong and personal commitment to his patients. A particular strength is ongoing communication with referring physicians so that they can more easily access services, remain up-to-date on the health status of their patients, and feel that they are working with caregivers at VCUHS as a team.

“He strives to accommodate his patients’ needs and to perform all of these duties with compassion and the highest integrity,” observes his colleague, Alpha “Berry” Fowler, M.D., William Taliaferro Professor of Medicine.


  • Pulmonary Disease 2002-2012, 2013 - present

  • Critical Care Medicine 2004-2014, 2014 - present

  • Interventional Pulmonology 2013 - present (Diplomate of the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology)

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 American College of Chest Physicians: - Distinguished Chest Educator (DCE) recognition - awarded to top 5% of CHEST faculty for contribution to educational endeavors

  • 2017 Richmond Magazine Top Doctors Edition in Pulmonary Medicine

  • 2016 Richmond Magazine Top Doctors Edition in Pulmonary Medicine

  • 2015 Richmond Magazine Top Doctors Edition in Pulmonary Medicine

  • 2014 Richmond Magazine Top Doctors Edition in Pulmonary Medicine (overall top vote recipient)

  • 2013 Richmond Magazine Top Doctors Edition in Pulmonary Medicine

  • 2012 Richmond Magazine Top Doctors Edition in Pulmonary Medicine

  • 2012 Best Doctors in Virginia: Virginia Living Magazine

  • 2011 William B Porter Outstanding Clinician Award VCUMC Internal Medicine

  • 2011-2012 Best Doctors in America

  • 2011 Virginia Living Magazine Top Doctors in Pulmonary Medicine

  • 2011 Richmond Magazine Top Doctors Edition in Pulmonary Medicine

  • 2010 Richmond Magazine Top Doctors Edition in Pulmonary Medicine

  • 2009 Faculty Distinguished Clinical Care Award

Clinical Interests

Pulmonary medicine; Interventional pulmonary medicine; Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; Complex malignant and benign airway disease; Pleural disease

Ratings & Reviews

163 Ratings

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Dr. Shepherd is one of the best medical providers I've had - excellent in many ways!
January 2024
Dr. Shepherd is such an incredible blessing - he is SOO smart kind & explains things so easily. He is one in a million.
January 2024
Would trade him for the world.
November 2023
Dr. Shepherd makes you feel like you are his only patient and has unlimited time for you, which I know is not the case. He is very comforting and I trust him completely with my medical care.
November 2023
All good.
September 2023
*Dr. Shepperson is very concern and personable with ensuring what's going on.
September 2023
Felt very Comfortable with Dr Shepard
May 2023
EXCELLENT! Was thrilled by authenticity of Dr. Shepherd and all there!
March 2023
Dr. Shepherd is one in a million & listened to me, even sent me for a breathing test since I had COVID really bad in 2020 & still have troubles walking up hills. He is just the best! You all are so blessed!
October 2022
Very patient and genuinely interested in helping me understand everything.
October 2022
Dr. S. is very professional, yet interacts in ways that are warm, understanding and helpful.
July 2022
Experience is always very good.
April 2022
The care provider was very thorough in discussing my medical history and the issue that brought me to see him.
March 2022
Dr. Shepherd is by the far the best physician I have had.
February 2022
Outstanding listener; great note taken & attention to detail.
November 2021
Dr Shepherd is the best!
October 2021