Dr. Jacobs was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. He attended the University of Cape Town Medical School where he graduated M.B, Ch.B. with Distinction and Honors. After graduating, Dr. Jacobs completed an internship at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, in General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. This was followed by a Senior House Officer position in Emergency Medicine, also at Groote Schuur Hospital.
After emigrating to the U.S.A., Dr. Jacobs undertook research in Endocrinology and Bone Mineral Metabolism at Albert Einstein Medical Center/Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Thereafter, he trained as a resident in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, where he was also Chief Resident. Also at Beth Israel Deaconess, he completed fellowships in Breast Pathology (under mentorship of Drs. Stuart Schnitt and James Connolly) and Cytopathology (under mentorship of Dr. Helen Wang). Dr. Jacobs was an attending pathologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. During that time, he also served as an associate pathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on the Breast Pathology Service.
Dr. Jacobs is presently a staff pathologist and member at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA where he has enjoyed working for the last 15 years. He is also director of the Immunohistochemistry and Histology laboratory at Virginia Mason. In addition to Breast Pathology, Dr. Jacobs signs out general surgical pathology cases and cytology.
Dr. Jacobs has served as Secretary of the International Society of Breast Pathologists, and is currently on the editorial boards of the Breast Journal and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (where he is a section editor in Breast Pathology). He has authored several peer-reviewed papers, reviews and book chapters. He has extensively lectured and given courses in breast pathology, including presenting three short courses at USCAP. Most recently, Dr. Jacobs was awarded the College of American Pathologists Excellence in Teaching Award for 2017.
In his spare time, Dr. Jacobs enjoys photography, travel, music and spending time with his family.