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Zachary G. Jacobs, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, School of Medicine


Zachary G. Jacobs, M.D. is a clinical and teaching hospitalist with interests in medical humanities, narrative medicine, and medical education. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science, Dr. Jacobs received his medical degree with honors from the Oregon Health & Science University. He completed his internship and residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he enrolled in the Global Health & Underserved Populations Track, affording him the opportunity to work with underserved populations in both the Navajo Nation as well as Malawi, Africa. He then completed an Academic Hospital Medicine Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco before returning to OHSU as a hospitalist in 2018. In his free time, he enjoys reading fiction, exploring national parks, and using creative writing, photography, and art to tell stories and reflect on his experiences in healthcare.

Education and training

    • B.S., 2009, University of Oregon
    • M.D., 2014, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Internship

    • Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2015
  • Residency

    • Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2017
  • Fellowship

    • Academic Hospital Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 2018

Memberships and associations:

  • Society of Hospital Medicine
  • Society of General Internal Medicine

Areas of interest

  • Hospital Medicine
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Medical Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Global Health & Underserved Populations
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Qualitative Research

Honors and awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 2014
  • Thomas O'Toole Award for Outstanding Work with the Underserved, 2017
  • OHSU Faculty Teaching Award, 2019


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Jacobs ZG. I fed you milk as we condemned you to die. J Gen Intern Med. 2016;31(6):702. https://doi.org10.1007/s11606-016-3653-y.
  • Jacobs ZG. Stories on a Whiteboard. The Living Hand (Medical Humanities): J Gen Intern Med – Web Edition. February 24, 2017. https://www.sgim.org/web-only/medical-humanities/stories-on-a-whiteboard.
  • Jacobs ZG. Global health in Malawi: a collection of poems. Ann Glob Health 2017; 83(3-4):693–694. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2017.07.006.
  • Jacobs ZG, Elnicki DM, Perera S, Weiner D. An E-learning Module on Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults: Effect on Medical Resident Attitudes, Confidence, Knowledge, and Clinical Skills. Pain Med. 2018 Jun;19(6):1112-1120. https://doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnx333.
  • Jacobs ZG, Tittle R, Scarpelli J, Cortez K, Aptekar SD, Shamasunder S. Reflective Practices Among Global Health Fellows in the HEAL Initiative: a Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Apr;34(4):521-522. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-018-4753-7.
  • Jacobs ZG, Najafi N, Fang MC, Prasad PA, Abe-Jones Y, Auerbach AD, Patel S. Reducing Unnecessary Treatment of asymptomatic Elevated Blood Pressure with Intravenous Medications on the General Medicine Wards: A Quality Improvement Initiative. J Hosp Med. 2019 Mar;14(3):144-150. https://doi.org/10.12788/jhm.3087.  
  • Jacobs ZG, Prasad PA, Fang MC, Abe-Jones Y, Kangelaris KN. The Association Between Limited English Proficiency and Sepsis Mortality. J Hosp Med. 2019 Nov 20;14:E1-E7. https://doi.org/10.12788/jhm.3334.  
  • Jacobs ZG. The Masks We Wear. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Jul 31. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05211-3.  
  • Jacobs ZG. Attending on the medicine wards. Annals Graphic Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 2020 May 19;172(10):W132-W133. https://doi.org/10.7326/G19-0036. 
  • Jacobs ZG. Hats. Annals Graphic Medicine. Ann Intern Med. Accepted Feb 2020. In Press.


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