Robert M. Jacobson

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Robert Jacobson
Born (1958-09-20) September 20, 1958 (age 58)
Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Residence Rochester, MN
Citizenship United States
Nationality United States
Fields Medicine, Epidemiology, Immunology, Pediatrics, Vaccinology
Institutions Mayo Clinic
Alma mater Butler University
Known for Vaccine Research at the Mayo Clinic

Robert Martin Jacobson (born September 20, 1958) is the medical director of the Population Health Science Program of the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.[1] He is the former chair of the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and a full professor of pediatrics at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN.[2] He still regularly sees young patients as a member of the Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. His research area is in vaccinology, with a focus on delivery, effectiveness and adverse consequences. Jacobson co-leads the Vaccine Research Group at the Mayo Clinic with Greg Poland.[3] He is also involved with the Clinical Research Training Program in the Mayo Medical School, where he concentrates on teaching evidence-based medicine.

From 2012, he has been the president of the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also a fellow of the Academy.


Jacobson attended Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, IN. He received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1980 from Butler University also in Indianapolis, IN. He then attended the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago receiving his M.D. in 1984. He then spent five years in the New Haven, CT area. There he completed his internship in pediatrics, became chief resident of the Pediatric Primary Care Center and finished his three year residency at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Jacobson also completed a two year fellowship at the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program in clinical epidemiology at Yale University before accepting a position at the Mayo Clinic.[1]

Mayo Clinic[edit]

Jacobson arrived in Rochester, MN in 1989 to practice pediatrics and perform vaccine research at the Mayo Clinic. Since then, he has published over 125 research papers in academic and medical journals.[4] Immunization and epidemiology continue to be a focus in his current research which includes the genetic basis for vaccine response towards measles, mumps and rubella. His research group also focuses on anthrax and smallpox vaccines, which are directed against bioterrorism. In 2000, he became the interim chair of the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine which includes the Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital and then in 2001 became the permanent chair. In 2010, he stepped down as chair of the department to lead the Employee and Community Health (ECH) Research Initiative, which focuses on population-based interventions to improve patients' health. From this initiative, he has moved on to become the medical director of the Population Health Science Program of the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, which supports research and education regarding community health best practices. He helped found the Population Health Sciences Scholars Program at the Mayo Clinic, which supports scholars who study community health.


  1. ^ a b Mayo Clinic doctor profile: Jacobson, Robert M. M.D.. Mayo Clinic. Accessed April 14, 2013.
  2. ^ Mayo Clinic Researcher Profile. Accessed September 11, 2007.
  3. ^ Vaccine Research Group website. Accessed September 11, 2007.
  4. ^ PubMed listing of journal articles. Accessed September 11, 2007.

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