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. Telemedicine in the Time of Coronavirus.
  2. Novel Data Linkage for Quality Improvement in Palliative and End-Of-Life Care.
  3. Development and Validation of the ACP-CAT for Assessing the Quality of Advance Care Planning Communication.
  4. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Telepalliative Care.
  5. The Cambia Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program: Projects and Reflections on Leadership in Palliative Care.
  6. What We Do: Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center.
  7. Hitting the Sweet Spot: Practical Tips for Navigating the Opioid Crisis in Outpatient Palliative Care (FR405).
  8. The Opioid Crisis and Palliative Care: Tools and Strategies to Help Turn the Tide (P12).
  9. Improving documentation of surrogate decision makers in medical oncology clinic.
  10. "She Would Be Flailing Around Distressed": The Critical Role of Home-Based Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer.
  11. What Is In The Palliative Care Syringe? Key Activities of an Outpatient Palliative Care Team at an Academic Cancer Center (FR461A).
  12. The Current State of Palliative Care for Patients Cared for at Leading US Cancer Centers: The 2015 NCCN Palliative Care Survey.
  13. “She would be flailing around distressed”: Addressing the hidden crisis in the home of patients being treated for cancer.
  14. New Frontiers in Outpatient Palliative Care for Patients With Cancer.
  15. Documenting Goals of Care and Treatment Preferences in the Hospital.
  16. Home Is Where the Care Is: Bringing Palliative Care Expertise into the Community (FR411).
  17. Are Your Hospice and Palliative Medicine Trainees Ready for Prime-Time? Developing Entrustable Professional Activities to Assess Learner Competency (TH338).
  18. Developing entrustable professional activities as the basis for assessment of competence in an internal medicine residency: a feasibility study.
  19. Teaching serious illness communication through an innovative workshop.
  20. Development of a longitudinal integrated clerkship at an academic medical center.
  21. A prospective study of physical activity and the risk of pancreatic cancer among women (United States).
  22. History of diabetes mellitus and subsequent prostate cancer risk in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study.
  23. Physical activity and the risk of colon cancer among women: a prospective cohort study (United States).