Karen R. Jacobson, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

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, Infectious Diseases, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • 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 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 Feb 02. PMID: 33532960.

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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 Oct 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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  • Published on 10/17/2019

    Bouton TC, de Vos M, Ragan EJ, White LF, Van Zyl L, Theron D, Horsburgh CR, Warren RM, Jacobson KR. Switching to bedaquiline for treatment of rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa: A retrospective cohort analysis. PLoS One. 2019; 14(10):e0223308. PMID: 31622366.

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  • Published on 9/27/2019

    Bulabula ANH, Nelson JA, Musafiri EM, Machekano R, Sam-Agudu NA, Diacon AH, Shah M, Creswell J, Theron G, Warren RM, Jacobson KR, Chirambiza JP, Kalumuna D, Bisimwa BC, Katoto PDMC, Kaswa MK, Birembano FM, Kitete L, Grobusch MP, Kashongwe ZM, Nachega JB. Prevalence, Predictors, and Successful Treatment Outcomes of Xpert MTB/RIF-identified Rifampicin-resistant Tuberculosis in Post-conflict Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2012-2017: A Retrospective Province-Wide Cohort Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 09 27; 69(8):1278-1287. PMID: 30759187.

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  • Published on 9/21/2019

    van der Heijden YF, Hughes J, Dowdy DW, Streicher E, Chihota V, Jacobson KR, Warren R, Theron G. Overcoming limitations of tuberculosis information systems: researcher and clinician perspectives. Public Health Action. 2019 Sep 21; 9(3):120-127. PMID: 31803584.

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