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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 8/17/2022, 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

72 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Would recommend Karen to many people if she had more clinical time available! I do appreciate being able to see her!

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Dr Jacobs and her assistant Paula are phenomenal with regards to helping me obtain appointments and returning calls.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Dr Jacobs is hands-down the best provider I've ever encountered! She is friendly, empathic, and supportive when I need It, yet able to remain objective and will call me out when needed, too. Most important, she spends time with me and actually listens to what I have to say.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Dr. Jacobs is one of the best physicians in my care team.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Dr. Karen Jacobs is a professional kindhearted person who knowledge and understanding care is towards her patients are exceptional.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Dr. Jacobs is an outstanding provider! We need more doctors like her.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

Karen Jacobs is an outstanding physician and psychiatrist. She puts patients' needs first and is an intuitive and innovative practitioner.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

I have always experienced outstanding care from Dr. Jacobs. I wish the options in the survey above would have listed 'excellent' or 'outstanding' as these are the ratings I would have given her in every category. Dr. Jacobs is one in a million and I cannot properly express the gratitude and appreciation I have for the care she has provided for me as my doctor over all these years.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

6/30/22 visit was a very good experience with Dr. Karen Jacobs as always.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Dr. Jacobs is a kind, considerate and thoughtful person.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

I don't care much for the shared appointments. Thought it has made access to appointments s with dr jacobs much much more efficient.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

I would give Dr. Jacobs all tens if I could! She is truly outstanding and Cleveland Clinic can be so proud to have her on staff!

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Dr. Jacobs is always respectful, professional, and she always discusses my options with me. She never dictates treatment. I have already recommended her to others.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2022

Dr. Karen Jacobs is the best of the best! I am so fortunate to work with such a caring, kind, knowledgeable doctor. Dr. Jacobs goes above and beyond to help me with my many health issues. I can't thank her enough, and Cleveland Clinic is the best because of doctors like Dr. Karen Jacobs!

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2022

Dr. Jacobs Is very knowledgeable and understanding her kindness towards me as a patient is the best thanks to her I am feeling better and looking forward to tomorrow.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

Karen Jacobs offers unparallel care and caring in her patient approach I say this from the standpoint of an ER physician who consults with psychiatrist on a daily basis I wish all of my patients were as lucky as I am to have her or someone Capable of her well grounded and thoughtful care

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

Dr. Jacob's is a gem. She is a constant in my life and has always been there for me!

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

Love Dr. Jacobs. She's wonderful.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

Both Dr. Jacobs and Paula, her executive assistant, really care about making sure that I receive the care I need and are always available to address concerns and help with problem solving issues. They truly embody EXCELLENCE in every sense of what it means for patient care at the Cleveland Clinic.

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