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 8/24/2022

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 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic on Hepatitis C Outcomes in the United States: A Modeling Study. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Aug 24; 75(1):e1112-e1119. PMID: 34499124.

Published on 6/27/2022

Sy KTL, Leavitt SV, de Vos M, Dolby T, Bor J, Horsburgh CR, Warren RM, Streicher EM, Jenkins HE, Jacobson KR. Spatial heterogeneity of extensively drug resistant-tuberculosis in Western Cape Province, South Africa. Sci Rep. 2022 Jun 27; 12(1):10844. PMID: 35760977.

Published on 6/23/2022

Bouton TC, Atarere J, Turcinovic J, Seitz S, Sher-Jan C, Gilbert M, White L, Zhou Z, Hossain MM, Overbeck V, Doucette-Stamm L, Platt J, Landsberg HE, Hamer DH, Klapperich C, Jacobson KR, Connor JH. Viral dynamics of Omicron and Delta SARS-CoV-2 variants with implications for timing of release from isolation: a longitudinal cohort study. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 Jun 23. PMID: 35737948.

Published on 5/25/2022

Petros BA, Turcinovic J, Welch NL, White LF, Kolaczyk ED, Bauer MR, Cleary M, Dobbins ST, Doucette-Stamm L, Gore M, Nair P, Nguyen TG, Rose S, Taylor BP, Tsang D, Wendlandt E, Hope M, Platt JT, Jacobson KR, Bouton T, Yune S, Auclair JR, Landaverde L, Klapperich CM, Hamer DH, Hanage WP, MacInnis BL, Sabeti PC, Connor JH, Springer M. Early introduction and rise of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant in highly vaccinated university populations. Clin Infect Dis. 2022 May 25. PMID: 35616119.

Published on 4/5/2022

Bouton TC, Atarere J, Turcinovic J, Seitz S, Sher-Jan C, Gilbert M, White L, Zhou Z, Hossain MM, Overbeck V, Doucette-Stamm L, Platt J, Landsberg HE, Hamer DH, Klapperich C, Jacobson KR, Connor JH. Viral dynamics of Omicron and Delta SARS-CoV-2 variants with implications for timing of release from isolation: a longitudinal cohort study. medRxiv. 2022 Apr 05. PMID: 35411341.

Published on 3/31/2022

Wigger GW, Bouton TC, Jacobson KR, Auld SC, Yeligar SM, Staitieh BS. The Impact of Alcohol Use Disorder on Tuberculosis: A Review of the Epidemiology and Potential Immunologic Mechanisms. Front Immunol. 2022; 13:864817. PMID: 35432348.

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 03 10; 12(3):e058751. PMID: 35273063.

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.

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.

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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