Karen R. Jacobson MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases

Associate Professor, Epidemiology

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Karen Jacobson
Sections

Infectious Diseases

Centers

Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

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.

Education

Medicine, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2002

Clinical Evaluation/Research, MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010

Biology, BS, Yale University, 1997

Publications

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.

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.

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 Aug 24. PMID: 34424729.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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