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John Shepherd

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John Shepherd, PhD


University of Hawai’i Cancer Center
701 Ilalo Street, Suite 522
Honolulu, HI 96813
Office: 808-440-5230
Omni: 415-891-7437

Dr. Shepherd is the Chief Scientific Officer of the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the B.H. and Alice C. Beams Endowed Professor in Cancer Research at the John A Burns School of Medicine. He is also a Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and a former President of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. He received his PhD in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia and then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biophysics at Princeton University. From there he went on to develop body composition and bone density algorithms for a major women’s health company and his patents are the basis for the accuracy of that company’s body composition algorithms. He then joined the Radiology Department of the University of California San Francisco and led his own research group for 19 years studying a wide variety of imaging biomarkers for breast cancer, obesity and osteoporosis using advanced machine learning techniques. For the past 6 years, he has been with the University of Hawaii Cancer Center where is the Director of the Hawaii Pacific Islands Mammography Registry that is currently monitoring over 125k women for developing breast cancer risk models in this population with high disparity and underrepresentation. He also host the biennial International Breast Density and Risk Assessment Workshop with the next workshop to be held in Lihue on the Island of Kauai in 2025. He has been continuously funded from the NIH since 2005, led 6 R01-funded studies, published over 350 peer-review publications that have been referenced over 24,000 times, and lastly is an avid surfer, cyclist, and island ridge hiker!