Karen Belkic, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Karen Lynne (maiden name Edinger) Belkic is an Adjunct Professor in Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor School of Community and Global Health. She is a California licensed physician, a specialist in internal medicine and holds a tenured Senior Scientific Position at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Sweden.
She has supervised several doctoral and master’s theses as well as undergraduate students and has designed and implemented several full courses to medical students, physicians and graduate students. Dr. Belkic is the originator of the Occupational Stress Index (OSI), a practical diagnostic tool for assessment and subsequent modification of the work environment. The OSI is an additive burden model which reflects the perspective of cognitive ergonomics while incorporating key aspects of the leading sociological work stress models. Numerous researchers world-wide are currently using of the OSI, and a large number of studies are on-going in which the OSI is being applied among professional drivers, physicians, teachers, and other occupational groups. The OSI is also included in the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) data base of leading occupational psychosocial assessment tools. Dr. Belkic has a special interest in pedagogy, and has focused much of her current activity on how to help health care professionals incorporate a consideration of environmental stressors into their clinical assessment and management strategies.
Her research interests include early detection, risk assessment and prevention with a focus on cancer, ischemic heart disease, mental health disorders and hypertension, with attention to psychosocial factors and the potential mediating mechanisms; design, implementation and testing of interventions for patients with cancer, mental health disorders and/or cardiovascular disease to return to health-promoting working conditions; and work environmental determinants of lifestyle-related risk factors for cancer and heart disease.
University of Southern California, School of Medicine, M.D., 1979
University of Belgrade, Ph.D., 1989
Belkić Dž, Belkić K. Mechanistic repair-based Padé Linear-Quadratic Model for cell response to radiation damage. Adv Quantum Chem 2013; 65, 409-451.
Fridner A, Belkić K, Marini M, Gustafsson Sendén M, Schenck-Gustafsson K. Why don’t Academic Physicians Seek Needed Professional Help for Psychological Distress? Swiss Med Wkly, 2012; 142: w13626 (8 pp.).
Belkić K, Nedić O. Night work, total occupational burden and cancer/cardiovascular risk factors in physicians. Med Pregl 2012; 65: 461-468.
Belkić Dž, Belkić K. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy with high-resolution and exact quantification in the presence of noise for improving ovarian cancer detection. J Math Chem 2012;50: 2558-2576.
Belkić Dž, Belkić K. A meta-analysis of studies using MR spectroscopy for evaluating suspicious lesions after radiation therapy of primary brain tumors. J Math Chem 2012; 50: 2527-2557.
Fridner A, Belkić K, Minucci D, Pavan L Marini M, Pingel B, Putoto G, Simonato P, Løvseth LT, Schenck-Gustafsson K, The work environment and recent suicidal thoughts among male university hospital physicians in Sweden and Italy (the HOUPE study), Gender Med 2011; 8: 269-279.
Belkić Dž and Belkić K. The potential for practical improvements in cancer diagnostics by mathematically-optimized magnetic resonance spectroscopy. J Math Chem 2011; 49:2408-2440.
Belkić Dž, Belkić K. Padé-Froissart exact signal-noise separation in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. J Phys B 2011;44: 125003 (16pp).
Belkić Dž, Belkić K. Fast Padé transform in the theory of resonances: Exact solution of the harmonic inversion problem, J Phys B 2011; 44: 125002 (18pp).
Belkić Dž, Belkić K. High-resolution signal processing in magnetic resonance spectroscopy for early cancer diagnostics. Adv Quant Chem 2011: 62: 245−347.
Belkić K. Return-to-Work in Scandinavia: Experience and insights with a focus on Sweden. In: Mark Hyman (ed.) A Physician’s Guide to Return to Work, American Medical Association Press, In press, 2011.
Belkić K, Belkić Dž. Possibilities for improved early breast cancer detection by Padé-Optimized magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Isr Med Assoc J 2011; 13: 236-243.
Belkic K, Cohen M, Marquez M, Mints M, Wilczek B, Berman AH, Castellanos E, Castellanos M. Screening of high-risk groups for breast and ovarian cancer in Europe: A focus on the Jewish population. Oncol Rev 2010, 4: 233–267.
Belkic Dz, Belkic K. Signal Processing in Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy with Biomedical Applications, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, 2010. ISBN: 9781439806449, http://www.crcpress.com.
Nedic O, Belkic K, Filipovic D, Jocic N. Job stressors among female physicians: Relation to having a clinical diagnosis of hypertension. Int J Occup Environ Med 2010, 16: 330-340.
Belkic Dz, Belkic K. Exact quantification of time signals from magnetic resonance spectroscopy by the fast Padé transform with applications to breast cancer diagnostics, J Math Chem 2009; 45: 790-818.
Fridner A, Belkic K, Marini M, Minucci D, Pavan L, Schenck-Gustafsson K. Recent suicidal ideation among female university hospital physicians in Sweden and Italy (The HOUPE Study): Cross-sectional associations with work stressors. Gender Med 2009; 6: 314–328.
Belkic K, Savic C. The occupational stress index: An approach derived from cognitive ergonomics applicable to clinical practice. Scand J Work Environ Health 2008; (Suppl 6): 169-175.
Belkic K, Nedic O. Workplace stressors and lifestyle-related cancer risk factors among female physicians: assessment using the occupational stress index. J Occup Health 2007; 49: 61-71.
Teran L, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Marquez M, Castellanos E, Belkic K. On-time mammography screening with a focus on Latinas with low income: a proposed cultural model. Anti-Cancer Res 2007; 27: 4325-38.
Belkic K. Molecular Imaging through Magnetic Resonance for Clinical Oncology, Cambridge International Science Publishing, Cambridge, 2004 ISBN: 1-904602-29-0.
Belkic K, Landsbergis P, Schnall P, Baker D. Is job strain a major source of cardiovascular disease risk? Scand J Work Environ Health 2004; 30: 85-128.
Belkic K. The Occupational Stress Index: An Approach Derived from Cognitive Ergonomics and Brain Research for Clinical Practice, Cambridge International Science Publishing, Cambridge, 2003 ISBN: 1-898326-02-9.
Belkic K, Schnall P, Landsbergis P, Schwartz JE, Gerber LM, Baker D, Pickering TG. Hypertension at the Workplace—An occult disease? The need for work site surveillance. Adv Psychosom Med 2001; 22: 116-138.