Faculty ProfilesBrook Calton, MD, MHS
Dr. Brook Calton is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. She is an outpatient palliative care specialist, program developer, and educator.
Clinical Work and Program Leadership
Dr. Calton's clinical and program development work focuses on ensuring that all seriously ill patients have access to palliative care when and where they need it. Dr. Calton aims to use the programs she leads to: provide the highest quality care to patients and their families, serve as a model for national palliative care programming, and function as a platform for training the next wave of practitioners.
Dr. Calton is founding director of "Bridges", UCSF's first home-based palliative care program. Bridges provides home-based palliative care consultation under a co-management model to seriously ill, homebound San Franciscans. Launched in September 2013, Bridges remains the only home-based palliative care program with active physician involvement in San Francisco and Marin counties. The Bridges program follows patients closely at home, provides specialized symptom management, collaborates with patients' caregivers and outpatient providers, and facilitates care transitions when patients are hospitalized or discharged to facilities. Dr. Calton also serves as Medical Director of By the Bay Health, an innovative home-based palliative care pilot program shared between UCSF and Hospice by the Bay for Blue Shield of California members. Her program development and research efforts have been supported by UCSF Tideswell, the Mount Zion Health Fund, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), and the Cambia Foundation.
Dr. Calton cares for patients and supervises Palliative Medicine fellows in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Symptom Management Service (SMS) and serves as an attending physician on the inpatient Palliative Medicine consultation service at UCSF Moffitt-Long Hospital.
Medical Education Endeavors
Dr. Calton's medical education efforts center on preparing trainees and providers to communicate compassionately and clearly with seriously ill patients and their families. Dr. Calton developed and directs the UCSF third-year medical student standardized patient program on Goals of Care Discussions. She has led curriculum development efforts in the Internal Medicine Residency on serious illness communication and developed an innovative curriculum that prepares Palliative Medicine and Geriatric fellows to teach on the topic of serious illness communication.
Dr. Calton graduated from Claremont McKenna College with degrees in Biology and Literature. She subsequently moved to Baltimore, MD where she completed a Master's in Health Sciences in Cancer Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and worked as a predoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute, investigating lifestyle factors related to cancer prevention. Dr. Calton received her medical degree at UCSF, with a specialization in Health Professions Education. She completed both her Internal Medicine-Primary Care Residency and Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at UCSF. She has completed the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center Faculty Development Program in geriatric care, inter-professional teamwork, and educational and leadership skills and the TidesWell "Leading Tidal Change" Leadership Development program.
Education and Training
|Location||Degree or Training||Specialty||Date|
|University of California, San Francisco||Fellowship Training, Hospice and Palliative Medicine||Medicine||2013|
|University of California, San Francisco||Residency Training, Internal Medicine-Primary Care||Medicine||2012|
|University of California, San Francisco||M.D.||Medicine||2009|
Awards and Honors
Excellence in Teaching, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators, 2017
Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program, Cambia Health Foundation, 2016-2018
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor's Society, University of California, San Francisco, 2009
Area of Distinction Health Professions Education, University of California, San Francisco, 2009
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Recent Articles (10)
Calton BA, Thompson N, Shepard N, Keyssar R, Patel K, Dzul-Church V, Kao H, Ritchie C, Rabow MW. "She Would Be Flailing Around Distressed": The Critical Role of Home-Based Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer. J Palliat Med. 2017 Aug; 20(8):875-878.
Calton BA, Alvarez-Perez A, Portman DG, Ramchandran KJ, Sugalski J, Rabow MW. The Current State of Palliative Care for Patients Cared for at Leading US Cancer Centers: The 2015 NCCN Palliative Care Survey. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2016 Jul; 14(7):859-66.
Hauer KE, Soni K, Cornett P, Kohlwes J, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Ten Cate O, Widera E, Calton B, O'Sullivan PS. Developing entrustable professional activities as the basis for assessment of competence in an internal medicine residency: a feasibility study. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Aug; 28(8):1110-4.
Poncelet A, Bokser S, Calton B, Hauer KE, Kirsch H, Jones T, Lai CJ, Mazotti L, Shore W, Teherani A, Tong L, Wamsley M, Robertson P. Development of a longitudinal integrated clerkship at an academic medical center. Med Educ Online. 2011 Apr 04; 16.
Calton BA, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Moore SC, Schatzkin A, Schairer C, Albanes D, Leitzmann MF. A prospective study of physical activity and the risk of pancreatic cancer among women (United States). BMC Cancer. 2008 Feb 28; 8:63.
Calton BA, Chang SC, Wright ME, Kipnis V, Lawson K, Thompson FE, Subar AF, Mouw T, Campbell DS, Hurwitz P, Hollenbeck A, Schatzkin A, Leitzmann MF. History of diabetes mellitus and subsequent prostate cancer risk in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. Cancer Causes Control. 2007 Jun; 18(5):493-503.
Calton BA, Lacey JV, Schatzkin A, Schairer C, Colbert LH, Albanes D, Leitzmann MF. Physical activity and the risk of colon cancer among women: a prospective cohort study (United States). Int J Cancer. 2006 Jul 15; 119(2):385-91.