Dr. Laurie Jacobs is a graduate of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship training at Einstein/Montefiore. She joined the faculty at Einstein and served as Division Chief of Geriatrics from 1995 to 2009. During her tenure as Division Chief, she developed and expanded clinical programs for the frail elderly, including interdisciplinary house call and office practices, nursing home medical services, a Geriatrics Hospitalist service, and an elder abuse evaluation and assessment program. Additionally, she directed geriatrics training programs for physicians at every level, from medical students to attending physicians.
In 2009, Dr. Jacobs was appointed Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine, responsible for clinical programs across general internal medicine and the fourteen specialty divisions. She has contributed to creating hospitalist, chronic kidney disease, asthma, and other programs, which have improved care of chronic disease. She serves on Montefiore’s Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Board and on Einstein’s executive curriculum committee.
Dr. Jacobs is Professor of Clinical Medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society. She was awarded a John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Leadership and the Senior Leadership Awards and Einstein’s Harry H. Gordon Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching. She serves on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and the editorial advisory board of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Dr. Jacobs continues to teach, practice, and mentor physicians, in addition to advocating for care of the elderly and geriatrics training for physicians to meet their needs. Her research focuses on anticoagulant use in older adults — examining benefits, risks, and quality of care. She has authored many publications and speaks nationally regarding these topics as well as geriatric medicine.