Dr. Jacobs joined Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Hackensack Meridian Health as Chair and Professor of Medicine in September 2016. She continues to teach and practice geriatrics in addition to her leadership role.
Dr. Jacobs is a graduate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed an internal medicine (IM) residency and geriatrics fellowship training at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She then joined the faculty, quickly rising to become Geriatrics Division Chief (1995 - 2009), during which time she directed geriatrics training programs - developing one of the first required clerkships for medical students in the nation, creating a required residency rotation for internal and family medicine residents, directing the geriatrics fellowship program and initiating continuing medical education in geriatrics for practicing physicians. She served on the curriculum committee of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition, she developed and expanded clinical programs for the frail elderly, including interdisciplinary house call and office practices, nursing home medical services, a Geriatrics Hospitalist service, and an elder abuse assessment program.
From 2009-16, she served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center’s three legacy hospitals and Albert Einstein College of Medicine with oversight of all internal medicine clinical and educational programs spanning Einstein’s undergraduate IM education, two IM residency programs (220 residents total), 13 Medicine subspecialty fellowships, and continuing medical education. She served on Einstein’s Executive Committee for Undergraduate Medical Education for five years. Dr. Jacobs had clinical oversight of credentialing, operations, physician recruitment and budget for all internal medicine ambulatory and acute care clinical programs - general internal medicine, hospital medicine and 14 subspecialty Divisions. In addition, Dr. Jacobs served on the board of Montefiore’s Pioneer Accountable Care Organization – the BAHN.
From August 2014 to March 2016, Dr. Jacobs served as Interim Chair of the Montefiore/Einstein Department of Medicine encompassing 1200 providers, including 400 employed physicians and 100 research faculty at the medical school with responsibility for all academic, budgetary, research, clinical and educational activities.
Dr. Jacobs is a Professor of Medicine, and a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and American College of Physicians. She has been awarded a John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Leadership and the Senior Leadership Awards, Einstein’s Harry H. Gordon Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching, and serves on the executive board and president elect of the American Geriatrics Society and the editorial advisory board of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.