Richard Belkin, MD, MSCE, FCCP
Dr. Richard A. Belkin has practiced Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in Santa Barbara since 2004. 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 Gate Pharmaceutical Outstanding Student Award. Dr. Belkin subsequently completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at Stanford University Medical Center in 2000. He subsequently 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, CA 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 the Santa Barbara Pulmonary Consultants. In 2010, Dr. Belkin has advanced training in the use of endobronchial ultrasound, which is 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).
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 also Co-Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Pediatric Diagnostic Center in Ventura, CA. from 2005 through 2012. He is the founder and current Medical Director of the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Cystic Fibrosis/Bronchiectasis Center, which he established in 2012. The CF center has grown from 20 patients to approximately 50 patients under his directorship, and the SBCH CF center was awarded an Outstanding Partnership Award with our local CF chapter.
As a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine 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. Dr. Belkin is also actively involved in administrative activities at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and has played an active role as a member of the Medical Advisory Panel at Cottage Hospital. Dr. Belkin is also on the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Preferred Health Providers, a non-profit affiliation of independent physicians.
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 Belkni current clinical research is related to better defining clinical characteristics of CF patients diagnosed in adulthood.
Dr. Belkin was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Chest of Physicians in 2008 and American College of Physicians in 2014. He is an active member of the American Thoracic Society and, the California Thoracic Society and California Medical Association, and the Santa Barbara County Medical Society.
Dr. Belkin lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Liza, 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.