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Steven J. Jacobsen, MD, PhD

Senior Director of Research

Kaiser Permanente Southern California




Dr. Steven Jacobsen directs the research programs for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and the Department of Research & Evaluation, which has more than 30 faculty in epidemiology, health services, and related research. He serves as site principal investigator for the Vaccine Safety Datalink funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has directed several large-scale, post-licensure safety studies mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

He is a professor in the Department of Health Systems Science of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, he was professor and chair of the Division of Epidemiology for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Dr. Jacobsen is a chronic disease epidemiologist with a long-standing interest in men’s urologic health, cardiovascular disease, and vaccine research. He has a long track record of extramurally funded research and has authored


or coauthored more than 500 papers in the peer-reviewed literature. He serves on 4 editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals and has served on numerous National Institutes of Health study sections and advisory panels.

Areas of Focus

  • Vaccine safety and effectiveness
  • Men's urologic health
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • General chronic disease epidemiology


Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
PhD, Public Health Sciences (Epidemiology)
University of Illinois, Chicago, School of Public Health
Chicago, Illinois
MS, Biostatistics
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Honors and Awards

  • Graduated summa cum laude, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • Thomas Hale Ham Award, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Elected Fellow, American College of Epidemiology
  • Dr. Jacob Brody Alumni Achievement Award, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health