Jeffrey Belkora, PhD

Associate Professor

Jeff Belkora, PhD, is Director of Decision Services at the UCSF Breast Care Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Dr. Belkora is a systems engineer who develops, implements, and evaluates patient education, decision support, and participation programs. His programs have been implemented and evaluated in academic and community settings in the United States. He is involved with national and international initiatives promoting patient-centered care as a part of quality improvement in medicine. He is the author of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and case studies on decision-making. Dr. Belkora also disseminates his work internationally through speaking, training, and consulting engagements. Prior to joining the UCSF faculty, Dr. Belkora was a co-founder of Outcome Software, a decision analysis software company. Before Outcome, Dr. Belkora worked as a management consultant at Strategic Decisions Group. Dr. Belkora earned a B.Sc. 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.

Selected Awards and Recognition

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. In 2006, Dr. Belkora was selected as a UCSF Teaching Scholar and as the recipient of a Career Development Award sponsored by UCSF and the National Institutes of Health. Since 2004, the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making has provided funding for UCSF Decision Services as one of four specialty care demonstration projects nationwide. In 2008, The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality selected his Decision Services Program as one of the first 100 innovations profiled in its Innovations Exchange. In 2009, Decision Services won an innovation contest sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. Dr. Belkora was named 2010 health/medical advocate of the year by the Dorland Health People Awards. Also in 2010, the California Breast Cancer Research Program recognized his work with the Faith Fancher Award for Outstanding Breast Cancer Research Proposal in Underserved Populations. The US Department of Health and Human Services featured Dr. Belkora's Decision Services program in its 2010 National Healthcare Quality Report as a highlight in the area of patient and family engagement.


Sepucha, K, Belkora, J, Mutchnick, S, and Esserman, L, Consultation Planning to Help Patients Prepare for Medical Consultations: Effect on Communication and Satisfaction for Patients and Physicians.Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2002.20: p. 2695-2700

Sepucha, KR, Belkora, JK, Aviv, C, Mutchnik, S, and Esserman, LJ, Improving the quality of decision making in breast cancer: consultation planning template and consultation recording template.Oncol Nurs Forum, 2003.30: p. 99-106

Belkora J, Rugo HS, Moore DH, Hutton D, and Esserman L, Risk communication with patients with breast cancer: cautionary notes about printing Adjuvant! estimates. Lancet Oncol, 2008. 9: p. 602-3.

Belkora JK, Loth MK, Chen DF, Chen JY, Volz S, and Esserman LJ, Monitoring the Implementation of Consultation Planning, Recording, and Summarizing in a Breast Care Center. Patient Educ Couns,2008 Dec;73(3):536-43.

Ozanne EM, Braithwaite D, Sepucha K, Moore D, Esserman L, Belkora J. Sensitivity to Input Variability of the Adjuvant! Online Breast Cancer Prognostic Model. J Clin Oncol. Jan 10 2009;27(2):214-219.

Belkora J, Franklin L, O'Donnell S, Ohnemus J, and Stacey D. Adaptation of Consultation Planning for Native American and Latina women with breast cancer. Journal of Rural Health 2009;25:384-7.

Belkora J, Volz S, Teng A, Moore D, Loth M, Sepucha K. Impact of decision aids in a sustained implementation at a breast care center. Accepted, Patient EducaEducation and Counseling, 2011.

Belkora J, Hutton D, Moore D, Siminoff L. Does use of the Adjuvant! model influence use of adjuvant therapy through better risk communication? Accepted, JNCCN–The Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 2011.