Jean B. Belasco, MD

Jean B. Belasco, MD, is an attending physician in CHOP’s Cancer Center with a special interest in brain tumors and neurofibromatosis.

Areas of Expertise: Investigational therapies for progressive cancer, Neuro-oncology and neurofibromatosis, Supportive care, Palliative care and home care
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


    Pediatrics - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA


    Pediatrics - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA


    Hematology/Oncology - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
    Pediatric Oncology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    American Board of Pediatrics
    American Board of Pediatrics/Hematology/Oncology

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Physician

    Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Conditions Treated
  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    Neuro-Oncology brain tumors
    Neuro-fibromatosis and NF related tumors
    Investigational therapies for refractory brain tumors and for progressive, severe plexiform neurofibromas

  • Publications




    Bluebond-Langner Myra, Belasco Jean Bello, DeMesquita Wander Marla: "I want to live, until I don't want to live anymore": involving children with life-threatening and life-shortening illnesses in decision making about care and treatment. The Nursing Clinics of North America 45(3): 329-43, Sep 2010.


    Bluebond-Langner M, DeCicco A, Belasco J: Involving Children in Decision About Research and Treatment for Life Shortening Illness: a Proposal for Shuttle Diplomacy and Negotiation. Learning from Cases:  Ethics and Research with Children. Eric Kodish (eds.). Oxford University Press, NY, Page: 323-343, 2005.


    Himelstein BP, Belasco JB: Pain Management at Home. Guidelines for Pediatric Home Health Care. Mark McConnell (eds.). American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Il, Page: 158-171, 2002.


    Meek RS, Belasco JB, Noll, RB: Terminal care for Children with Cancer. Supportive Care of children with Cancer. Art Ablin (eds.). Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore,(2), 1997.


    Meadows AT, Belasco JB, Sinniah D: : Acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Practical Pediatric Oncology. GJ D Angio, D Sinniah, AT Meadows, AE Evans, J Pritchard (eds.). E Arnold, London, Page: 235-244, 1992.


    D'Angio GJ, Duckett JW, Belasco JB: Upper urinary tract. Clinical Pediatric Urology. PP Kelalis, LR King, AB Belmar  (eds.). WB Saunders, Philadelphia, Page: 1157-1188, 1985.


    D'Angio GJ, Belasco JB: Achievements, challenges and prospects for the 1980's. Cancer. HH Burchenal and HF Oettgen  (eds.). Grune and Stratton, Inc., NY, Page: 191-201, 1981.



    Nabavizadeh SA, Santi M, Belasco JB, Zimmerman RA. Primary atypical optic nerve sheath meningioma in a child with restricted diffusion on magnetic resonance imaging .J Neuroophthalmol. 2014 Jun;34(2):173-6.

    Ruebner RL, Copelovitch L, Evageliou NF, Denburg MR, Belasco JB, Kaplan BS. Nephrotic syndrome associated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors for pediatric malignancy: case series and review of the literature.Pediatr Nephrol. 2014 May;29(5):863-9. doi: 10.1007/s00467-013-2696-0. Epub 2013 Dec 7.

    Posters and Presentations

    Invited Lectures


    Palmer, Laure MDiv, Belasco Jean M.D., Funck Susan: Hannah’s Questions: A Teenager confronts her Death with Candor, Faith and Marching Orders. Presentation at American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2015 

  • Awards and Honors

    2010, Alex's Pitcher of Hope Award
    2007, Master Clinician Award, CHOP
    2007, Temple University Gallery of Success Award -- Medicine
    2003-2004, CHOP Faculty Honor Roll
    1996, Supportive Care Services:  ACCH Award for Innovation (The Supportive Care Service is the First Palliative Care Program of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
    1973, Pharmacology Award - Upjohn

  • Leaderships

    Memberships in Professional Organizations

    1986-present, Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    1980-present, Neurofibromatosis Consortium
    1980-present, American Society of Clinical Oncology
    1976-present, American Academy of Pediatrics