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Jeff Belkora, PhD, is Associate Professor of Surgery and Health Policy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His mission is to help professionals guide clients to good decisions. To this end, Dr. Belkora designs, implements, and evaluates consumer engagement programs. His programs have been implemented and evaluated in the United States and abroad. Dr. Belkora is the founder of the Patient Support Corps, a service learning program in which students earn academic credit as they assist patients and families dealing with a health crisis.

Dr. Belkora is the author of DEAL! Discovery, Engagement, and Leverage for Professionals, as well as dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles. 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. In 2008, The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality selected the Patient Support Corps as one of the first 100 innovations profiled in its Innovations Exchange. In 2009, Dr. Belkora's program won an innovation contest sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. The US Department of Health and Human Services also featured Dr. Belkora's program in its 2010 National Healthcare Quality Report as a highlight in the area of patient and family engagement.

Other 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, UCSF selected Dr. Belkora as a Teaching Scholar and as the recipient of a Career Development Award sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Between 2004 and 2012, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation provided funding for Dr. Belkora's patient support program as one of four specialty care demonstration projects nationwide. 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.