Associate Professor

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.
2019 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Fellowship Training, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2013 - Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Residency Training, Internal Medicine-Primary Care, 2012 - Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
M.D., 2009 - Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Honors and Awards
  • 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
  • Palliative Care
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  1. 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. Better Together: A Mixed-Methods Study of Palliative Care Co-Management for Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease. 2021. PMID: 34115958

  2. Susannah Cornes, Jeffrey M. Gelfand, Brook Calton. Foundational Telemedicine Workshop for First-Year Medical Students Developed During a Pandemic. 2021. PMID:

  3. Calton B, Shibley WP, Cohen E, Pantilat SZ, Rabow MW, O'Riordan DL, Bischoff KE. Patient and Caregiver Experience with Outpatient Palliative Care Telemedicine Visits. 2020. PMID: 34223495

  4. Smith GM, Calton BA, Rabow MW, Marks AK, Bischoff KE, Pantilat SZ, O'Riordan DL. Comparing the Palliative Care Needs of Patients Seen by Specialty Palliative Care Teams at Home Versus in Clinic. 2020. PMID: 33246071

  5. Jennie Taylor, Michael Rabow, Susan Chang, Nicholas Butowski, Jennifer Clarke, Margaretta Page, Rosemary Rossi, W Patrick Shibley, Brook Calton. QOLP-12. EMBEDDING OUTPATIENT PALLIATIVE CARE INTO NEURO-ONCOLOGY CLINIC – RESULTS FROM A ONE YEAR PILOT. 2020. PMID:

  6. Calton BA, Bischoff K, Pantilat SZ. "I Just Need to Hold His Hand": Telemedicine Is Powerful, But Not Perfect. 2020. PMID: 33147095

  7. Calton B, Abedini N, Fratkin M. Telemedicine in the Time of Coronavirus. 2020. PMID: 32240756

  8. Jacqueline Yuen, Amy Kelley, Laura Gelfman, Elizabeth Lindenberger, Cardinale Smith, Robert Arnold, Brook Calton, Jane Schell, Stephen Berns. Development and Validation of the ACP-CAT for Assessing the Quality of Advance Care Planning Communication (TH322C). 2020. PMID:

  9. Hill TE, Jarbouai C, Robbins N, Johnston V, Calton B. Novel Data Linkage for Quality Improvement in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. 2019. PMID: 31887403

  10. Yuen JK, Kelley AS, Gelfman LP, Lindenberger EE, Smith CB, Arnold RM, Calton B, Schell J, Berns SH. Development and Validation of the ACP-CAT for Assessing the Quality of Advance Care Planning Communication. 2019. PMID: 31520727

  11. Calton BA, Rabow MW, Branagan L, Dionne-Odom JN, Parker Oliver D, Bakitas MA, Fratkin MD, Lustbader D, Jones CA, Ritchie CS. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Telepalliative Care. 2019. PMID: 31237467

  12. Calton BA, Ritchie C. "Yes! We Have a Home-Based Palliative Care Program!" 2019. PMID: 30830689

  13. Dahlin C, Sanders J, Calton B, DeSanto-Madeya S, Donesky D, Lakin JR, Roeland E, Scherer JS, Walling A, Williams B. The Cambia Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program: Projects and Reflections on Leadership in Palliative Care. 2019. PMID: 30810459

  14. Bischoff K, Yang E, Kojimoto G, Shepard Lopez N, Holland S, Calton B, Adkins SH, Cheng S, Miller BJ, Rabow MW. What We Do: Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center. 2018. PMID: 29431580

  15. Pina Patel, Kashelle Lockman, Kathleen Broglio, Brook Calton, Justin Kullgren. Hitting the Sweet Spot: Practical Tips for Navigating the Opioid Crisis in Outpatient Palliative Care (FR405). 2018. PMID:

  16. Kashelle Lockman, Pina Patel, Kathleen Broglio, Justin Kullgren, Brook Calton. The Opioid Crisis and Palliative Care: Tools and Strategies to Help Turn the Tide (P12). 2018. PMID:

  17. 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. Improving documentation of surrogate decision makers in medical oncology clinic. 2017. PMID:

  18. 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. 2017. PMID: 28437205

  19. Kara Bischoff, Eleanor Yang, Gayle Kojimoto, Nancy Shepard Lopez, Brook Calton, Bruce Miller, Sarah Holland, Michael Rabow. What Is In The Palliative Care Syringe? Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center (FR461A). 2017. PMID:

  20. 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. 2016. PMID: 27407126

  21. Brook Calton, Nancy Shepard, Redwing Keyssar, Nicole Thompson, Kanan Patel, Virginia Dzul-Church, Helen Kao, Christine Ritchie, Michael W. Rabow. “She would be flailing around distressed”: Addressing the hidden crisis in the home of patients being treated for cancer. 2015. PMID:

  22. Rabow MW, Dahlin C, Calton B, Bischoff K, Ritchie C. New Frontiers in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer. 2015. PMID: 26678973

  23. Lynn A. Flint, Rebecca L. Sudore, Brook Calton. Documenting Goals of Care and Treatment Preferences in the Hospital. 2015. PMID:

  24. Meng Zhang, Thomas Cornwell, Deanna Bower, Brook Calton, Ania Wajnberg, Elizabeth McCormick. Home Is Where the Care Is: Bringing Palliative Care Expertise into the Community (FR411). 2015. PMID:

  25. 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. 2013. PMID: 23595926

  26. 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. 2011. PMID: 21475642

  27. 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). 2008. PMID: 18307811

  28. 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. 2007. PMID: 17450441

  29. 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). 2006. PMID: 16489545

  30. 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. 080: History of Diabetes and Subsequent Prostate Cancer Risk in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. 2005. PMID: