Meet the Medical Director
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 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, he obtained a Master of Science (M.S.C.E.) degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.
Dr. Belkin is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Belkin then moved to Santa Barbara, CA in 2004, where he became a staff Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician at Sansum Medical Clinic. He most recently joined the Santa Barbara Pulmonary Consultants practice at the beginning of 2009. Dr. Belkin is currently an active member of the medical staff and pulmonary department at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
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 is the founder and current Medical Director of the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Cystic Fibrosis/Bronchiectasis Center. Our CF clinic obtained formal accreditation from the CF Foundation as an affiliate center of CHLA/USC in May 2014. He also served as the Co-Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Pediatric Diagnostic Center in Ventura, CA from 2005 to 2012.
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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 lectures to local primary care physicians. Dr. Belkin also lectures regularly to the medical house staff and ancillary staff, including nursing staff, respiratory therapy, physical therapy and pharmacy at SBCH on topic surrounding cystic fibrosis.
He was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award by the Cottage Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is the former Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Medicine Department at Cottage Hospital and the Medical Director of Respiratory Care from 2008 through 2010.
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. In 2014, Dr. Belkin presented a case report at the NACFC medical grand rounds.
Dr. Belkin was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Chest of Physicians in 2008. He is an active member of the American Thoracic Society and American College of Physicians, the California Thoracic Society and California Medical Association, and the Santa Barbara County Medical Society. Dr. Belkin was selected as a Top Doctor for 2012 by US News and World Report.
Dr. Belkin lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Liza, who practices medicine in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and their two children, Danya (age 13) and Ryan (age 11). In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and golf, and spending time with his family.