Brook Calton, MD, MHS

Title(s)Associate Professor, Medicine
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    University of California, San FranciscoM.D.2009 Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoResidency Training, Internal Medicine-Primary Care2012Medicine
    University of California, San FranciscoFellowship Training, Hospice and Palliative Medicine2013Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    University of California, San Francisco2009Area of Distinction Health Professions Education
    University of California, San Francisco2009Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor's Society
    Cambia Health Foundation2016  - 2018Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program
    UCSF Academy of Medical Educators2017Excellence in Teaching

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    Dr. Brook Calton is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSF Division of Palliative Medicine. 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 directs home-based palliative care services for UCSF. Dr. Calton and her interprofessional team of palliative care physicians, social workers, nurses, and chaplains care for homebound UCSF patients, providing specialized symptom management, understanding what is most important to patients and families, collaborating with patients' caregivers and outpatient providers, and facilitating care transitions when patients are hospitalized or discharged to facilities. Dr. Calton also serves as the Medical Director for UCSF patients enrolled in 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, San Francisco Health Plan, and Partnership Health Plan 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 a in the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Symptom Management Service (SMS) at Mission Bay and within the UCSF Brain Tumor Center. She also supervises palliative medicine fellows in the outpatient setting.

    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 Serious Illness Communication. 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.

    Educational Background

    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.

    Dr. Calton 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. Dr. Calton was selected as one of ten 2016 Sojourns Scholars across the country by the Cambia Health Foundation. The Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program is an initiative designed to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders.

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    1. Better Together: A Mixed-Methods Study of Palliative Care Co-Management for Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease. J Palliat Med. 2021 Jun 11. Bischoff KE, Choi S, Su A, Cohen E, O'Riordan DL, Oettel E, Blachman M, Meister S, Zapata C, Lindenfeld P, Calton B, Witt L, Pantilat SZ, Shah RJ. PMID: 34115958.
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    2. Communication Strategies for Providing Palliative Care via Telemedicine #406. J Palliat Med. 2021 01; 24(1):135-136. Calton BA. PMID: 33393890.
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    3. Patient and Caregiver Experience with Outpatient Palliative Care Telemedicine Visits. Palliat Med Rep. 2020; 1(1):339-346. Calton B, Shibley WP, Cohen E, Pantilat SZ, Rabow MW, O'Riordan DL, Bischoff KE. PMID: 34223495.
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    4. Comparing the Palliative Care Needs of Patients Seen by Specialty Palliative Care Teams at Home Versus in Clinic. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 Jul; 62(1):28-38. Smith GM, Calton BA, Rabow MW, Marks AK, Bischoff KE, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL. PMID: 33246071.
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    5. QOLP-12. EMBEDDING OUTPATIENT PALLIATIVE CARE INTO NEURO-ONCOLOGY CLINIC – RESULTS FROM A ONE YEAR PILOT. Neuro-Oncology. 2020 Nov 9; 22(Supplement_2):ii177-ii177. Jennie Taylor, Michael Rabow, Susan Chang, Nicholas Butowski, Jennifer Clarke, Margaretta Page, Rosemary Rossi, W Patrick Shibley, Brook Calton. .
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    6. "I Just Need to Hold His Hand": Telemedicine Is Powerful, But Not Perfect. J Palliat Med. 2021 02; 24(2):166-167. Calton BA, Bischoff K, Pantilat SZ. PMID: 33147095.
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    7. Supportive Strategies for Breaking Bad News via Telemedicine. Oncologist. 2020 11; 25(11):e1816. Calton BA. PMID: 32845041.
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    8. Telemedicine in the Time of Coronavirus. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Jul; 60(1):e12-e14. Calton B, Abedini N, Fratkin M. PMID: 32240756.
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    9. Development and Validation of the ACP-CAT for Assessing the Quality of Advance Care Planning Communication (TH322C). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2020 Feb 1; 59(2):419. Jacqueline Yuen, Amy Kelley, Laura Gelfman, Elizabeth Lindenberger, Cardinale Smith, Robert Arnold, Brook Calton, Jane Schell, Stephen Berns. .
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    10. Novel Data Linkage for Quality Improvement in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 04; 59(4):e2-e3. Hill TE, Jarbouai C, Robbins N, Johnston V, Calton B. PMID: 31887403.
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    11. Development and Validation of the ACP-CAT for Assessing the Quality of Advance Care Planning Communication. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 01; 59(1):1-8.e3. Yuen JK, Kelley AS, Gelfman LP, Lindenberger EE, Smith CB, Arnold RM, Calton B, Schell J, Berns SH. PMID: 31520727.
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    12. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Telepalliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2019 08; 22(8):981-985. Calton BA, Rabow MW, Branagan L, Dionne-Odom JN, Parker Oliver D, Bakitas MA, Fratkin MD, Lustbader D, Jones CA, Ritchie CS. PMID: 31237467.
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    13. "Yes! We Have a Home-Based Palliative Care Program!" J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 06; 67(6):1113-1114. Calton BA, Ritchie C. PMID: 30830689.
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    14. The Cambia Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program: Projects and Reflections on Leadership in Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2019 07; 22(7):823-829. Dahlin C, Sanders J, Calton B, DeSanto-Madeya S, Donesky D, Lakin JR, Roeland E, Scherer JS, Walling A, Williams B. PMID: 30810459.
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    15. What We Do: Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center. J Palliat Med. 2018 07; 21(7):999-1004. Bischoff K, Yang E, Kojimoto G, Shepard Lopez N, Holland S, Calton B, Adkins SH, Cheng S, Miller BJ, Rabow MW. PMID: 29431580.
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    16. The Opioid Crisis and Palliative Care: Tools and Strategies to Help Turn the Tide (P12). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2018 Feb 1; 55(2):552-553. Kashelle Lockman, Pina Patel, Kathleen Broglio, Justin Kullgren, Brook Calton. .
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    17. Hitting the Sweet Spot: Practical Tips for Navigating the Opioid Crisis in Outpatient Palliative Care (FR405). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2018 Feb 1; 55(2):596. Pina Patel, Kashelle Lockman, Kathleen Broglio, Brook Calton, Justin Kullgren. .
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    18. Improving documentation of surrogate decision makers in medical oncology clinic. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2017 Mar 10; 35(8_suppl):63-63. Melisa L. Wong, Hala Borno, Reena Mahajan, Kara E. Bischoff, Brook Calton, Emily K. Bergsland, Won Kim, Rahul Raj Aggarwal, Katy K. Tsai, Pelin Cinar. .
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    19. "She Would Be Flailing Around Distressed": The Critical Role of Home-Based Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer. J Palliat Med. 2017 08; 20(8):875-878. Calton BA, Thompson N, Shepard N, Keyssar R, Patel K, Dzul-Church V, Kao H, Ritchie C, Rabow MW. PMID: 28437205.
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    20. What Is In The Palliative Care Syringe? Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center (FR461A). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2017 Feb 1; 53(2):377-378. Kara Bischoff, Eleanor Yang, Gayle Kojimoto, Nancy Shepard Lopez, Brook Calton, Bruce Miller, Sarah Holland, Michael Rabow. .
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    21. 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 07; 14(7):859-66. Calton BA, Alvarez-Perez A, Portman DG, Ramchandran KJ, Sugalski J, Rabow MW. PMID: 27407126.
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    22. “She would be flailing around distressed”: Addressing the hidden crisis in the home of patients being treated for cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2015 Oct 10; 33(29_suppl):147-147. Brook Calton, Nancy Shepard, Redwing Keyssar, Nicole Thompson, Kanan Patel, Virginia Dzul-Church, Helen Kao, Christine Ritchie, Michael W. Rabow. .
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    23. New Frontiers in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct; 22(4):465-74. Rabow MW, Dahlin C, Calton B, Bischoff K, Ritchie C. PMID: 26678973.
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    24. Documenting Goals of Care and Treatment Preferences in the Hospital. Hospital-Based Palliative Medicine. 2015 Feb 11; 133-142. Lynn A. Flint, Rebecca L. Sudore, Brook Calton. .
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    25. Home Is Where the Care Is: Bringing Palliative Care Expertise into the Community (FR411). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2015 Feb 1; 49(2):356-357. Meng Zhang, Thomas Cornwell, Deanna Bower, Brook Calton, Ania Wajnberg, Elizabeth McCormick. .
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    26. Are Your Hospice and Palliative Medicine Trainees Ready for Prime-Time? Developing Entrustable Professional Activities to Assess Learner Competency (TH338). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2014 Feb 1; 47(2):413-414. Brook Calton, Lynn Flint, Holly Yang, Gary Buckholz, Laura Morrison. .
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    27. 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. Hauer KE, Soni K, Cornett P, Kohlwes J, Hollander H, Ranji SR, Ten Cate O, Widera E, Calton B, O'Sullivan PS. PMID: 23595926.
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    28. Teaching serious illness communication through an innovative workshop. Med Educ. 2013 May; 47(5):533. Calton BA, Widera E. PMID: 23574093.
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    29. Development of a longitudinal integrated clerkship at an academic medical center. Med Educ Online. 2011 Apr 04; 16. 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. PMID: 21475642.
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    30. 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, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Moore SC, Schatzkin A, Schairer C, Albanes D, Leitzmann MF. PMID: 18307811.
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    31. 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, Chang SC, Wright ME, Kipnis V, Lawson K, Thompson FE, Subar AF, Mouw T, Campbell DS, Hurwitz P, Hollenbeck A, Schatzkin A, Leitzmann MF. PMID: 17450441.
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    32. 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. Calton BA, Lacey JV, Schatzkin A, Schairer C, Colbert LH, Albanes D, Leitzmann MF. PMID: 16489545.
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    33. 080: History of Diabetes and Subsequent Prostate Cancer Risk in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2005 Jun 27; 161(Supplement_1):s20-s20. M F Leitzmann, B Calton, S-C Chang, ME Wright, A Subar, F Thompson, V Kipnis, D Midthune, T Mouw, P Hurwitz, D Campbell, A Hollenbeck, A Schatzkin. .
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