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Jeffrey Belkora, Ph.D


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Jeff Belkora, PhD, is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Surgery and Director of Decision Services at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Belkora studies leadership, teamwork, and decision making. Dr. Belkora has created and evaluated patient education, participation, and decision support programs that have been implemented at UCSF and elsewhere. He is involved with national and international initiatives promoting patient-centered care as a part of quality improvement in medicine. Dr. Belkora is a guest lecturer on decision making at the UCSF Medical School, the Health Psychology Program at UCSF, the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies, and in various Engineering courses at Stanford University. Dr. Belkora has been the featured speaker at decision making conferences and seminars in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. He is the author of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and case studies on decision-making. Dr. Belkora serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Breast Health Project in Palo Alto, CA. Prior to joining the UCSF faculty, Dr. Belkora was a co-founder of Outcome Software, a decision analysis software company. Prior to Outcome, Dr. Belkora worked as a management consultant at Strategic Decisions Group. Dr. Belkora earned an Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. His graduate training at Stanford University included an M.Sc. in Statistics and culminated with a Ph.D in Engineering. Dr. Belkora's doctoral dissertation in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford won the Goldsmith Award from the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation in 1997. The Oncology Roundtable of the Advisory Board singled out his Consultation Planning methodology as a National Best Practice in 1999.
Brown University, Providence, RI, ScB, 1990, Applied Mathematics
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, MSc, 1993, Statistics
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, PhD, 1997, Engineering (EES/OR)
1990-1995 Research Assistantships in Statistics, Medicine, and Engineering, Stanford University
1991-1995 Teaching Assistantships in Statistics and Decision Analysis, Stanford University
1993-1996 Management Consultant & Training Instructor (part-time), Strategic Decisions Group
1995-1996 Head Teaching Assistant, Decisions and Ethics Center, Stanford University
1996-1997 Research Assistant, Organizational Dynamics Center, Stanford University
1998-1999 Vice President, Research & Development, On Your Mind, Inc.
1999-2001 Vice President, Business Development, On Your Mind, Inc.
2001-2002 Director, Technical Sales, Outcome Software, Inc. (formerly On Your Mind, Inc.)
2003-Present Director, Decision Services, UCSF Breast Care Center
2003-Present Assistant Adjunct Professor of Surgery, UCSF School of Medicine
Selected publications (in chronological order)

Assuring Medical Decision Quality Through Decision Analysis for Patients and Physicians (J. Belkora, M. Fehling, L. Esserman) in Handbook of Clinical Automation, Robotics, and Optimization (ed. G. Kost), Wiley, 1996.

Building Bridges Between Physicians and Patients. (K. Sepucha, J. Belkora, D. Tripathy, and L. Esserman) J Clin Oncol 2000 18: 1230-1238

The Impact of Alternative Practices on the Cost and Quality of Mammographic Screening in the United States. (E. Burnside, J. Belkora S. Chang, L. Esserman) Clin Breast Cancer 2001 Jul; 2(2):145-52

Using Action Research to Improve Collaboration between Breast Cancer Patients and Physicians: Creating the Program for Collaborative Care. (C. Aviv, K. Sepucha, J. Belkora, L. Esserman) In Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld (Ed.) Research in the Sociology of Health Care: Changing Consumers and Changing Technology in Health Care and Health Care Delivery. Volume 19, pp. 207-229. New York: Elsevier Science, 2001.

Consultation Planning to Help Breast Cancer Patients Prepare for Medical Consultations. (K. Sepucha, J. Belkora, S. Mutchnick, L. Esserman) J Clin Oncol 2002;20: 2695-2700

Improving the Quality of Decision Making in Breast Cancer: Consultation Planning Template and Consultation Recording Template (K. Sepucha, J. Belkora, C. Aviv, S. Mutchnick, and L. Esserman) Oncology Nursing Forum, January/February 2003, Volume 30, Number 1.

Use of the Decision Dialogue Process for Improving the Quality of Medical Decisions (J. Belkora) Proceedings of Health Informatics New Zealand Annual Conference 2003.

The Diffusion of Consultation Planning at Community Clinics and Resource Centers in Northern California (B. Edlow, C. Aviv, K. Sepucha, S. Mutchnick, and J. Belkora). Submitted.

Consultation Planning Textbook (J. Belkora, S. Mutchnick, K. Sepucha, C. Aviv). Used as a training and reference manual during Consultation Planning workshops at UCSF Cancer Center, University of Utah Cancer Center, and community-based resource centers around California, including: Kaweah Delta Cancer Resource Center, Humboldt Community Breast Health Project, Mendocino Cancer Resource Center, Palo Alto Community Breast Health Project, and the Santa Barbara Breast Resource Center.

Updated: August 26, 2012