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R. Wes Shepherd, MD

out of 5
90 Ratings


Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine


Ambulatory Care Center
417 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219


Internal Medicine


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


Ambulatory Care Center

417 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Ratings & Reviews

Dr. Shepherd always listens to and takes my opinion into consideration.
March 2021
Spoke so I could understand.
March 2021
He is terrific. [...]
March 2021
Dr Shepherd is great!
March 2021
Good -
February 2021
[...] Shepherd was very gracious, caring and articulate.
July 2020
Always outstanding. Thank you.
March 2020
I've been Dr. Shepherd's patient for over 15 yrs. He has gotten me through some difficult asthma flares & pneumonia & I trust him. Very kind & understanding & patient.
January 2020
Good -
October 2019
Dr. Shepard is an excellent provider. I was recommended by a friend and I have been very satisfied. I have recommended him to others.
May 2019
Dr Shepherd is very amicable and informative. he hasn't rushed into hasty decisions
May 2019
Dr. Ray Shepherd is an excellent Pulmonologist who has greatly helped me with my pulmonary problems.
March 2019
This appt. was for 2nd opinion. Dr. S was thorough, knowledgeable, & practical - Easy to understand, inspired confidence.
March 2019
Dr. Shepherd is caring, knowledgeable & I trust him with my life.
February 2019
I feel Dr. Shepherd understand my COPD.
February 2019
Dr. Ray W. Shepherd is one of the best, if not THE BEST.
January 2019
He's best pulmonologist I've had since diagnosis asthma as well as lung inflammation.
January 2019
Excellent physician in every regard.
December 2018
Dr. Ray Shepherd is professional, kind, and interacts with patients, involves patient in plan of care, answers all questions, explanations given in are clear to understand. Great doc!!
November 2018
Dr. Shepherd has always been the utmost professional showing care, concern and thoroughness in his treatment of me.
October 2018