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Department Center for Adult Behavioral Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • 2nd Opinion Evaluations
  • Adult Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical Trials
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
  • Medical Weight Management
  • Medication Management
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Women's Health
View all 8 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Adult
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Gender Identity Disorder
  • Major Depression
  • Mood Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
View all 15 Specialties +


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About Karen Jacobs, DO

Karen J. Jacobs, DO, received her medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency at Cleveland Clinic. She has served as the Vice Chair of Education and the Program Director for the Adult Psychiatry Residency since 2014. She is board certified in psychiatry and neurology and has been a staff physician in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Cleveland Clinic's main campus. Prior to Dr. Jacobs appointment in 2006, she practiced outpatient psychiatry in the Cleveland area for 15 years.

Dr. Jacobs' many clinical interests include: anxiety and mood disorders, women's issues and adult attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Psychiatry - Neuro-Psy.
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - MetroHealth Medical Center
Psychiatry Neuro-Psy
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Brentwood Hospital
Rotating Internship
Warrensville Heights, OH USA

Medical Education - Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens, OH USA

Undergraduate - University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH USA


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Psychiatry

Specialty Interests

Adult psychoparmacology, attention deficit disorders, anxiety and mood disorders including OCD, Panic Disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, and bipolar disorders, VNS and DBS, weight management/bariatric surgery evaluation, Women's Issues

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 9/17/2021, Dr. Jacobs has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

94 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Dr Jacobs is an exemplary psychiatrist, who always shows the utmost care and concern for me.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Karen jacobs is by far the best doctor I have ever had in all my 62 yearsShe truly cares about her patients

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Dr. Jacobs is amazing. I have been with her many years.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Doctor Jacobs is the BEST

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

dr Jacobs has always been an exceptional care giver. she has always been interested in how I feel and was willing to try different medications until she got one that worked for me

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

I absolutely love Dr. Karen Jacobs!! what a wonderful, kind and caring doctor. She is always there for me, an amazing support person who has, and continues to guide me and help me through so many difficult issues. Cleveland Clinic , you have The Best with Dr. Karen Jacobs.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Dr. Jacobs is a very caring and excellent medical provider!

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

Dr. Jacobs is incredible and has been for the 20 or so years she's been my psychiatrist.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

excellent ability to communicate with Dr. Karen Jacobs!!!!

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

Dr. Karen Jacobs is the most caring and supportive doctor I have met. I am so lucky to have her and so is the Cleveland Clinic. They do not come any better. I would give her all 10's if I could on this survey!

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

The doctor's schedule fills up fast. I need an appointment every four weeks but Scheduling will one make one appointment at a time. Consequently, I am unable to see the doctor the rest of the year. How is this a benefit for my mental health?

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Dr. Jacobs has been my doctor for many years. She has done more for me and my mental health than any other doctor. I do not relish the thought of having to change doctor's and effectively start treatment from the beginning.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Dr. Jacobs is fantastic. She helps me tremendously.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Dr Jacobs is outstanding with her patients, especially in terms of "meeting" them where they are in their understanding, acceptance/ denial and level of participation in their own care. She demonstrates tremendous care, concern and empathy for her patients and employs a highly collaborative approach with the patient to help get them invested in their own care/ treatment

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

I don't like this new zoom I prefer in person however my Doctor is the best and that's all that matters

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

the Dr. in charge of group was caring, involved with each patient

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2020

My experience with Dr. Jacobs was very good.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Dr. Jacobs is the consummate psychiatrist: caring, loving, professional. Always looking for different ways to solve my problems. Doesn't hesitate to reach out to other CCF providers to team solve the issue or alert them to a change in treatment course. Will intervene if medically necessary and appropriate.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Video visits during Covid are excellent option. Also I need hip surgery, and this helps by not aggravating and causing pain by enduring travel to physician's office.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

Dr. Jacobs always here for me.

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