RICHARD A. BELKIN, MD, MSCE, FCCP, FACP
Dr. Belkin has practiced Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in Santa Barbara since 2004. He thoroughly enjoys the practice of both outpatient and inpatient pulmonary and critical care medicine, with a special interest and expertise in the care of cystic fibrosis (CF) and bronchiectasis patients. He strives to provide comprehensive personalized care with a holistic approach with excellence, integrity and compassion and shared decision making in the care of his patients. He grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia). He completed his undergraduate work in biology at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, graduating cum laude in 1993. He obtained his medical degree (M.D.) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1997 where he was awarded the Gates Pharmaceutical Outstanding Student Award.
Dr. Belkin subsequently completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at Stanford University Medical Center in 2000. He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center to complete a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, including advanced training in Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis in 2001. Additionally, Dr. Belkin obtained a Master of Science (M.S.C.E.) degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Dr. Belkin moved to Santa Barbara in 2004, where he became a staff Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician at Sansum Medical Clinic. In 2009, Dr. Belkin established his private practice and joined Santa Barbara Pulmonary Consultants. In 2010 and 2017, Dr. Belkin underwent advanced training in the use of endobronchial ultrasound (convex and radial), and robotic navigational bronchoscopy in 2022 which are all used for diagnosis of malignant and non-malignant lung disorders. Dr. Belkin is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal medicine (ABIM) in Internal Medicine (certified 2000, recertified 2010), Pulmonary Diseases (certified 2003, recertified 2013), and Critical Care Medicine (certified 2004). Dr. Belkin formed Santa Barbara Pulmonary Associates in 2017 and has been the managing partner since 2020.
In addition to practicing general Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Belkin has a special interest and is a national expert in the evaluation and treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis. He was Co-Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Pediatric Diagnostic Center in Ventura, California from 2005 through 2012. He is the founder and current Medical Director of the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis Center, which he established in 2012 as an affiliate CF center of USC Keck School of Medicine. The CF center subsequently grew from 20 to approximately 85 patients under his directorship, and the SBCH CF center was awarded independent center accreditation by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2018 and Outstanding Partnership Awards with the Los Angeles CF chapter in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
As an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Voluntary) at USC Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Belkin is actively involved as a teacher and lecturer in the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Medical Residency Program and in giving CME lectures to local physicians. He was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award by the Cottage Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was the Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Medicine Department at Cottage Hospital and the Medical Director of Respiratory Care form 2008 through 2010. Dr. Belkin has lectured extensively on cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis in his surrounding community and at the Great Stride Walks sponsored by the CF Foundation in Santa Barbara.
The effect of lung transplantation on the survival of cystic fibrosis patients has been the primary area of Dr. Belkin’s academic research. His work on the relationship between the timing of lung transplantation and mortality rate was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and was recognized in the Year in Review at the 2007 American Thoracic Society Meeting. Dr. Belkin has spoken on multiple occasions at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference. Dr Belkin’s current clinical research is related to better defining clinical characteristics of CF patients diagnosed in adulthood. Dr Belkin has led the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center through numerous quality improvement projects supported by the CF Foundation.
Dr. Belkin was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Chest of Physicians in 2008 and the American College of Physicians in 2014. He is an active member of the American Thoracic Society, the California Thoracic Society, the California Medical Association and the Santa Barbara County Medical Society.
Dr. Belkin lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Liza Presser Belkin, who practices medicine in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and their two children, Danya and Ryan. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and golf, and spending time with his family.
RICHARD A. BELKIN, MD, MSCE, FCCP, FACP CURRICULUM VITAE HIGHLIGHTS
Education & Training
M.D. at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Internship and Medical Residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center
Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System
Certifications & Licensure
CA State Medical License1998 - 2018
American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine Critical Care Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine Pulmonary Disease
Awards, Honors, & Recognition
Top Doctors: LA Area Castle Connolly, 2013
Top Doctors: Southern California Castle Connolly, 2012
Publications & Presentations
Predicting Death In CF Patients Awaiting Lung Transplant National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute 2003 - 2004