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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

  • Adult Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical Trials
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
  • Medical Weight Management
  • Medication Management
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Second Opinion
  • Women's Health
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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
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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 United States

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

Internship - Brentwood Hospital
Rotating Internship
Warrensville Heights, OH

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

Undergraduate - University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH


  • 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 12/26/2023, 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

98 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 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

It's very hard to get appointments with the kids best doctors at the Cleveland Clinic, especially in psychology and Psychiatry!

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr. Jacobs is the most caring doctor I have ever known in my 77 years.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

She is over-booked now,; recommending her to others would make the situation worse.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024

If you can catch her, she is great. She is very compassionate and cares about her patients.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

Dr . Jacobs actively listens and shows care and concern. She explains things in easy to understand terms.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

I miss seeing Dr. Jacobs in person. However, I do not miss the drive or the stress of the drive. The video visit therefore, works well for me.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Dr. Jacobs is excellent. She is knowledgeable and compassionate.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

I only worked with Dr. Jacobs and that was excellent.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

Dr.Jacobs is very knowledgeable her kindness and compassion towards her patients is alway helpful her understanding professional approach can't be ignored, I can personally say she's one of the best Doctors I have the blessing to have as my doctor, Thanks to her I can feel better about life and myself.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2024

I'm lucky to have her as my dr.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Karen Jacobs has always been a very compassionate doctor since my first visit more than 11 years ago.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

I prefer in - person visits, (I'm a little old-fashioned) but I also realize that is not always possible, but the care I receive from Dr. Jacobs is excellent which ever appointment visit I have.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

Paula, Dr. Jacobs, secretary called me to change the date and time. Paula is so kind and helpful to me.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

She has a very busy schedule, particularly with administrative business, but she usually can find time to squeeze me into a zoom appt, also her secretary Paula is excellent with communications between myself and Dr Jacobs

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

I have been seeing Dr Jacobs for nearly 25 years. I was a patient of her when she had her private practice. Then I followed her to CCF. During these years I have been a nurse at Metrohealth and Southwest General. I chose to stick with Dr Jacobs, even if I had to pay a little more for my medicsl insurance

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr Jacobs is very sincere and cares deeply about her patients. She had been with me through all the ups and downs. Sometimes I feel she knows me better than any of my family and friends. I can comfortably and openly have discussions with her. She always remains optimistic and truely concerned for my well being

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

She has the most exceptional combination of professional expertise and a caring personality of any doctor I have known in my seventy-seven years.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

I LOVE Dr. Jacobs. She is caring, professional, and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024

She is still stretched beyond realistic capabiliy of any doctor, but keeps do it all!

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Dr Jacobs is wonderful, understanding, kind, caring, thoughtful.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

Her knowledge and experience is so valuable and impressive I can't even imagine anyone else treating me.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

Provider is exceptionally knowledgeable and compassionate

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Dr. Jacobs is one of the most caring and genuine doctors we have ever met, we adore her, she is patient and kind and listens to all of our concerns

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

She's the best....

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023

She is always very caring and compassionate. Can be tough to get a hold of and she and other members of my team do not communicate at all with each other

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

She has been the best for over 30 yrs

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

There's nothing like seeing Dr. Jacobs in person!

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Love Dr. Jacob. She's so caring and polite.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Dr. Jacobs is just an outstanding doctor in every way possible! She is always so caring and supportive. Always making me feel so comforted and supported. She truly is the Best of the Best!

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

She's very concerned about what and how I am feeling and how I'm going about things on a daily basis

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