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 3/10/2022

    Runels T, Ragan EJ, Ventura AS, Winter MR, White LF, Horsburgh CR, Samet JH, Saitz R, Jacobson KR. Testing and treatment for latent tuberculosis infection in people living with HIV and substance dependence: a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open. 2022 Mar 10; 12(3):e058751. PMID: 35273063.

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  • Published on 2/15/2022

    Carney T, Rooney JA, Niemand N, Myers B, Theron D, Wood R, White LF, Meade CS, Chegou NN, Ragan E, Walzl G, Horsburgh R, Warren RM, Jacobson KR. Transmission Of Tuberculosis Among illicit drug use Linkages (TOTAL): A cross-sectional observational study protocol using respondent driven sampling. PLoS One. 2022; 17(2):e0262440. PMID: 35167586.

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  • Published on 11/2/2021

    Ragan EJ, McCallum C, Marathe J, Cole M, Hofman M, Henderson AJ, Flack T, Miller NS, Burks EJ, Zhao GQ, Denis R, Lin NH, Jacobson KR, Andry CD, Pelton SI, Duffy ER, Bhadelia N. Pandemic Response Requires Research Samples: A U.S. Safety-Net Hospital's Experience and Call for National Action. Ann Intern Med. 2021 12; 174(12):1727-1732. PMID: 34724402.

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  • Published on 9/17/2021

    Bouton TC, Lodi S, Turcinovic J, Schaeffer B, Weber SE, Quinn E, Korn C, Steiner J, Schechter-Perkins EM, Duffy E, Ragan EJ, Taylor BP, Miller N, Davidoff R, Hanage WP, Connor J, Pierre C, Jacobson KR. Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccine Impact on Rates of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Cases and Postvaccination Strain Sequences Among Health Care Workers at an Urban Academic Medical Center: A Prospective Cohort Study. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2021 Oct; 8(10):ofab465. PMID: 34646910.

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  • Published on 9/9/2021

    Barocas JA, Savinkina A, Lodi S, Epstein RL, Bouton TC, Sperring H, Hsu HE, Jacobson KR, Schechter-Perkins EM, Linas BP, White LF. Projected long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hepatitis C outcomes in the United States: a modelling study. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Sep 09. PMID: 34499124.

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  • Published on 8/24/2021

    Berhanu RH, Jacobson KR. Tuberculosis Preventive Therapy for People With HIV Infection in High Tuberculosis Burden Settings: How Much Is Enough? Ann Intern Med. 2021 10; 174(10):1462-1463. PMID: 34424729.

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  • Published on 7/1/2021

    Bouton TC, Jacobson KR. Symptom Screens Are Not Sufficient: The Fight Against Tuberculosis Needs Better Weapons. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 07 01; 73(1):121-123. PMID: 32296819.

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  • Published on 6/16/2021

    Ragan EJ, Gill CJ, Banos M, Bouton TC, Rooney J, Horsburgh CR, Warren RM, Myers B, Jacobson KR. Directly Observed Therapy to Measure Adherence to Tuberculosis Medication in Observational Research: Protocol for a Prospective Cohort Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2021 Jun 16; 10(6):e24510. PMID: 34132642.

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  • Published on 6/1/2021

    Freiman JM, Fatch R, Cheng D, Emenyonu N, Ngabirano C, Geadas C, Adong J, Muyindike WR, Linas BP, Jacobson KR, Hahn JA. Prevalence of elevated liver transaminases and their relationship with alcohol use in people living with HIV on anti-retroviral therapy in Uganda. PLoS One. 2021; 16(6):e0250368. PMID: 34061870.

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  • Published on 5/19/2021

    Myers B, Carney T, Rooney J, Malatesta S, White LF, Parry CDH, Bouton TC, Ragan EJ, Horsburgh CR, Warren RM, Jacobson KR. Alcohol and Tobacco Use in a Tuberculosis Treatment Cohort during South Africa's COVID-19 Sales Bans: A Case Series. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 05 19; 18(10). PMID: 34069737.

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