Jeffrey P. Jacobs, M.D., FACS, FACC, FCCP is Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Andrews/Daicoff Cardiovascular Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. He is Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. He is also Surgical Director of the Heart Transplantation Program and Director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. Dr. Jacobs has been a cardiothoracic surgeon at All Children’s Hospital since 1998.
Dr. Jacobs is Editor in Chief of Cardiology in the Young, one of the most widely read journals dedicated to patients with pediatric and congenital cardiac disease. He is Chair of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on National Databases and Co-Chair of the 2021 World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. He is Chair of the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society (CHSS) Committee on Quality Improvement and Outcomes. Dr. Jacobs is also Founding Secretary of The World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WSPCHS) and a previous Vice President of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association.
Dr. Jacobs received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine through the Honors Program in Medicine. He graduated as a Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in Research 1988. He then completed a five-year residency in General Surgery followed by a two-year residency in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Jacobs spent an additional year at the University of London in England training in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children; this Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellowship was through the Overseas Doctors Training Scheme of The Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Dr. Jacobs is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He also has the Congenital Heart Surgery Certificate from the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), the American College of Cardiology (FACC), and the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP). He is a member of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS), The Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA), The Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society (CHSS), and The European Congenital Heart Surgeons Association (ECHSA). He is founding Secretary of The World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (WSPCHS).
Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD Chairs of three Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Task Forces related to the STS Database: In 2006, 2007, and 2009, he was appointed Chair of the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database Task Force, the STS Database Task Force on Longitudinal Follow-up and External Linkages, and STS Database Public Reporting Task Force, respectively. He is also Co-chair of the Joint EACTS-STS Congenital Database Committee and Chair of the CHSS Committee on Quality Improvement and Outcomes.
In January 2010, Dr. Jacobs was appointed to the Task Force on Clinical Data Standards of American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA). He was then selected to be a member of the “Key Data Elements and Definitions in Pediatric Cardiology Electronic Health Records Writing Committee” as the Task Force liaison for the “ACCF/AHA Task Force on Clinical Data Standards”.
In October 2010, Dr. Jacobs was appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a member of the Cardiovascular Working Group within the Topic Advisory Group (TAG) for Internal Medicine that is contributing to the revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) towards its 11th edition (ICD-11). He is also First Vice-President of the International Society for Nomenclature of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Disease (ISNPCHD) and Co-Chair of The International Working Group for Mapping and Coding of Nomenclatures for Paediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, also known as the Nomenclature Working Group (NWG), of the ISNPCHD. The ISNPCHD has been actively developing terminology and definitions for the congenital and pediatric cardiac nomenclature for ICD-11.
For the past 14 years, Dr. Jacobs has also been Chair of The Annual International Symposium on Congenital Heart Disease with Echocardiographic, Anatomic, Surgical, and Pathologic Correlation. This annual symposium is one of the largest multidisciplinary meetings in the world for pediatric and congenital cardiac disease. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014, this meeting was co-sponsored by The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS).
Although his primary professional activity is as a clinical cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Jacobs has particular expertise and interest in health care quality measurement, outcomes analysis, public reporting, linking databases, and longitudinal follow-up. He also has extensive experience planning educational meeting programs. Dr. Jacobs performs both pediatric and adult cardiac and thoracic surgery and enjoys providing individual attention to both patients and their families. He spends his leisure time with his wife Stacy and their children.