Jeff Jacobson, MD

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Jacobson, professor of medicine and director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU), has accepted the position of Department of Medicine (DOM) senior associate head for strategic programs. In this new position, and in alignment with the Department of Medicine’s missions of patient care, scholarly activities, education, and service, Dr. Jacobson will assist the head in articulating, monitoring, and achieving the overarching goals of the DOM. Dr. George Kondos and I welcome Dr. Jacobson to the DOM leadership team and we look forward to working more closely with him.

Dr. Jacobson has been a dedicated UIC faculty member since 2005, and ICU director since 2012. He has been a driving force on the Hospital’s Sepsis Committee and was at the forefront of developing a hospital-wide “sepsis alert” system that has been automated in the electronic medical record so that providers can be notified more quickly about patients at risk for developing sepsis. Dr. Jacobson is also an accomplished physician-scientist in the fields of lung vascular biology and acute lung injury. He has contributed to several important papers in the top journals in his field, including American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and Pulmonary Circulation.

At the department level, he has served as a respected leader of the Scholarly Activities Council (SAC), whose mission is to enhance collaborations between investigators, training of the next generation of scientists and physician-scientists, and environment for scholarly activities at UIC. Dr. Jacobson efforts on the council have contributed to several successful retreats, mixers, and organization of the annual DOM Scholarly Activities Day. The SAC is charged with reviewing grant proposal submitted by faculty for peer review, and Dr. Jacobson is always the eager to review proposals and returns his careful reviews.

Dr. Jacobson is the quintessential doctor’s doctor. He is respected by faculty, staff, and trainees and has been nominated for physician of the year. His teaching prowess is supported by the multiple Certificates of Excellence in Education. Importantly, his interactions with the patients and families in the clinic are exemplary.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jacobson to the Department of Medicine leadership team!


Patricia W. Finn, MD
Earl M. Bane Professor
Head, Department of Medicine
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago

George T. Kondos, MD
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine
University Illinois at Chicago