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Shepherd Research Lab

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 a Researcher/Professor at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, 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. 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 biomarkers for breast cancer, obesity and osteoporosis from medical imaging using advanced machine learning techniques. He also directs the UH Artificial Intelligence Precision Health Institute and the Hawaii Pacific Islands Mammography Registry. He has been continuously funded from the NIH since 2005, led 5 R01-funded studies, published over 300 peer-review publications that have been referenced over 20,000 times, and lastly is an avid surfer and island ridge hiker!