Jean B. Belasco, MD

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Jean B. Belasco, MD, is an attending physician with a special interest in brain tumors and neurofibromatosis in the Cancer Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Pediatric brain and spine tumors, Neurofibromatoses, Supportive care, Vascular and lymphatic malformations
Locations: Main Hospital

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

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology – American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

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




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.




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.

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

Leadership and Memberships

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