Karen R. Jacobson, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Medicine

Karen Jacobson

Biography

Dr. Karen Jacobson is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases, Boston University School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Jacobson’s research focuses on the epidemiology of tuberculosis, including identification of biological and social determinants of and risk factors for tuberculosis infection and disease (including drug resistant tuberculosis) and approaches for improving tuberculosis outcomes in resource-limited settings. Dr. Jacobson is the Medical Director of the Boston Medical Center Tuberculosis Clinic and has established a highly productive collaboration with researchers in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has particular emphasis in understanding how substance use impacts on tuberculosis transmission and response to therapy.

Other Positions

  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University

Education

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH
  • Yale University, BS

Publications

  • Published on 5/6/2021

    Kataria Y, Cole M, Duffy E, de la Cena K, Schechter-Perkins EM, Bouton TC, Werler MM, Pierre C, Ragan EJ, Weber SE, Jacobson KR, Andry C. Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies and risk factors in health care workers at an academic medical center in Boston, Massachusetts. Sci Rep. 2021 05 06; 11(1):9694. PMID: 33958668.

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  • Published on 3/31/2021

    Bouton TC, Lodi S, Turcinovic J, Weber SE, Quinn E, Korn C, Steiner J, Schechter-Perkins EM, Duffy E, Ragan EJ, Taylor BP, Schaeffer B, Miller N, Davidoff R, Hanage WP, Connor J, Pierre C, Jacobson KR. COVID-19 vaccine impact on rates of SARS-CoV-2 cases and post vaccination strain sequences among healthcare workers at an urban academic medical center: a prospective cohort study. medRxiv. 2021 Mar 31. PMID: 33821283.

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  • Published on 2/2/2021

    Barocas JA, Jacobson KR, Hamer DH. Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Persons Experiencing Homelessness: Steps to Protect a Vulnerable Population. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 05; 36(5):1416-1417. PMID: 33532960.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Leavitt SV, Jacobson KR, Ragan EJ, Bor J, Hughes J, Bouton TC, Dolby T, Warren RM, Jenkins HE. Decentralized Care for Rifampin-Resistant Tuberculosis, Western Cape, South Africa. Emerg Infect Dis. 2021; 27(3):728-739. PMID: 33622466.

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  • Published on 12/17/2020

    Kan CK, Ragan EJ, Sarkar S, Knudsen S, Forsyth M, Muthuraj M, Vinod K, Jenkins HE, Horsburgh CR, Salgame P, Roy G, Ellner JJ, Jacobson KR, Sahu S, Hochberg NS. Alcohol use and tuberculosis clinical presentation at the time of diagnosis in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, India. PLoS One. 2020; 15(12):e0240595. PMID: 33332367.

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  • Published on 10/1/2020

    He X, Eddy JJ, Jacobson KR, Henderson AJ, Agosto LM. Enhanced Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 Replication in CD4+ T Cells Derived From Individuals With Latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection. J Infect Dis. 2020 10 01; 222(9):1550-1560. PMID: 32417884.

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  • Published on 7/18/2020

    Eddy JJ, Gadani KM, Tibbs A, Bernardo J, Cochran J, White LF, Horsburgh CR, Jacobson KR. Increasing Drug Resistance Among Persons With Tuberculosis in Massachusetts, 2009-2018. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Aug; 7(8):ofaa300. PMID: 32855987.

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  • Published on 7/2/2020

    Muyindike WR, Fatch R, Cheng DM, Emenyonu NI, Ngabirano C, Adong J, Linas BP, Jacobson KR, Hahn JA. Tuberculin skin test positivity among HIV-infected alcohol drinkers on antiretrovirals in south-western Uganda. PLoS One. 2020; 15(7):e0235261. PMID: 32614873.

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  • Published on 4/16/2020

    Bouton TC, Jacobson KR. Symptom screens are not sufficient: the fight against tuberculosis needs better weapons. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Apr 16. PMID: 32296819.

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  • Published on 1/1/2020

    Ragan EJ, Kleinman MB, Sweigart B, Gnatienko N, Parry CD, Horsburgh CR, LaValley MP, Myers B, Jacobson KR. The impact of alcohol use on tuberculosis treatment outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2020 01 01; 24(1):73-82. PMID: 32005309.

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