Former Otsego County Orthopedic Surgeon Facing Multiple Charges

An Otsego County doctor now arrested and accused of multiple crimes.

Dr. Ryan Shephard is a former orthopedic surgeon at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord.

He’s facing charges that include possession of narcotics, a felony weapons charge, using a computer to commit a crime and engaging in the services of prostitution.

Dr. Shephard was an orthopedic surgeon at OMH for the past few years and the hospital says his employment was terminated after they were clarified on the charges he is facing.

In a statement the hospital said:

“We can confirm that Otsego Memorial Hospital has been notified of a criminal investigation of Dr. Ryan Shephard. The accusations, while unrelated to the hospital or his medical practice, have led us to suspend Dr. Shephard from employment. Once the charges were clarified, his employment was terminated. The type of activity that this provider is alleged to have engaged in is contrary to the values we hold as an organization.

Our top priority is to ensure that we maintain quality of care and access to care for our patients. At this time, we believe the conduct that is the subject of the criminal investigation does not involve any OMH patients. Patients formerly under the care of this provider will be transitioned to other OMH providers.

It is our policy to not discuss personnel or legal matters any further out of respect for Dr. Shephard’s confidentiality.”

Court documents say Shephard was in possession of Percocet, a handgun and according to police was using his computer to engage the services of prostitution.

Shephard is a well-respected young surgeon.

He talked about his approach to hip replacements on 9&10 News in 2016.

Shephard waived his arraignment, pleading not guilty to the crimes, but the allegations come as a shock to many

“I was shocked, I was shocked right away, I never would have expected it,” Gary Moss, said.

Moss is a former patient of his, Dr. Shephard worked on his shoulder.

“I got a scar right here, it was shoulder and I got a titanium plate in my arm with I don’t know how many screws, but he did a good job,” Moss, explained.

Dr. Shephard will be back in court on June 14th.

State police say they will release more information about the investigation next week but do say the arrest was part of a district wide initiative.

We are going to be following this case very closely, stay tuned with 9&10 News for the latest.