Lisa Kay Jacobs, M.D., M.S.P.H.

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  • Division Chief, Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Surgery


Breast Cancer, Breast Surgery, General Surgery, Melanoma, Skin Cancer, Surgical Oncology more

Research Interests

Quality of Life Research and Health Services Research in Breast Cancer and Melanoma more

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Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-1513
201 N. Broadway
Breast Health Services
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-8964

Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Center

Appointment Phone: 410-616-7660
201 N. Broadway
Melanoma Program
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-3889

Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Howard County Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-884-4744
5759 Cedar Lane
Berman Pavilion, Breast Center
Columbia, MD 21044 map

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue
Surgery, A Building, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Phone: 410-550-1226 | Fax: 443-769-1233


Dr. Jacobs is the Division Chief of the Division of Breast Cancer Surgery. She also established the Johns Hopkins Medicine Breast Center at Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Centerl in Columbia. Dr. Jacobs sees patients at both The Johns Hopkins Hospital and at Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center. 

As division chief of breast cancer surgery, Dr. Jacobs leads an expert team of 9 surgeons located at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore; Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center; Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.; and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She has also initiated new clinics at Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center - Green Spring Station in Lutherville; Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center, and the Skip Viragh Outpatient Center Building in Baltimore.

Dr. Jacobs is committed to providing excellent, comprehensive, and patient-centered breast cancer care throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine through close collaboration with oncology, plastic surgery, nursing, rehabilitation medicine, and genetic services.

Additionally, Dr. Jacobs has a clinical interest in the treatment of early stage melanoma. She works closely with dermatologists and medical oncologists at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center to improve awareness and care of melanoma patients by participating in educational programs and clinical research trials.

She has also launched research programs in lymphedema and oncoplastic surgery to increase the number of women eligible for breast prevention by combining lumpectomy with plastic surgery techniques to reshape the breast. In addition, Dr. Jacobs is the surgery representative to the National Clinical Trials Network for the Johns Hopkins Executive Committee and the institutional surgery representative to the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium. She serves as the Chair of the Cancer Committee at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and at Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center, which establishes both programmatic and quality improvement goals for cancer care across the health system on a yearly basis. more


  • Division Chief, Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Oncology

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  • MD; Columbia School of Medicine (1992)


  • General Surgery; The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (1998)


  • Oncology; University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (2000)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (Surgery- General) (1999)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Jain, A.; Haisfield-Wolfe, M.E.; Lange, J.; Ahuja, N.; Khouri, N.; Tsangaris, T.; Zhang, Z.; Balch, C.; Jacobs, L.K. The role of ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration of axillary nodes in the staging of breast cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2008 Feb;15(2):462-471.

Rosson, G.D.; Singh, N.K.; Ahuja, N.; Jacobs, L.K.; Chang, D.C. Multilevel analysis of the impact of community vs patient factors on access to immediate breast reconstruction following mastectomy in Maryland. Arch Surg. 2008 Nov;143(11):1076-1081; discussion 1081.

Voltura, A.M.; Tsangaris, T.N.; Rosson, G.D.; Jacobs, L.K.; Flores, J.I.; Singh, N.K.; Argani, P.; Balch, C.M. Nipple-sparing mastectomy: critical assessment of 51 procedures and implications for selection criteria. Ann Surg Oncol. 2008 Dec;15(12):3396-3401.

Balch, C.M.; Jacobs, L.K. Mastectomies on the rise for breast cancer: "the tide is changing". Ann Surg Oncol. 2009 Oct;16(10):2669-2672.

Balmanoukian, A.; Zhang, Z.; Jeter, S.; Slater, S.; Armstrong, D.K.; Emens, L.A.; Fetting, J.H.; Wolff, A.C.; Davidson, N.E.; Jacobs, L.; Lange, J.; Tsangaris, T.N.; Zellars, R.; Gabrielson, E.; Stearns, V. African American women who receive primary anthracycline- and taxane-based chemotherapy for triple-negative breast cancer suffer worse outcomes compared with white women. J Clin Oncol. 2009 Aug 1;27(22):e35-37; author reply e38-39.

Zellars, R.C.; Stearns, V.; Frassica, D.; Asrari, F.; Tsangaris, T.; Myers, L.; DiPasquale, S.; Lange, J.R.; Jacobs, L.K.; Emens, L.A.; Armstrong, D.K.; Fetting, J.H.; Garrett-Mayer, E.; Davidson, N.E.; Wolff, A.C. Feasibility trial of partial breast irradiation with concurrent dose-dense doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide in early-stage breast cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2009 Jun 10;27(17):2816-2822.
Chumsri, S.; Jeter, S.; Jacobs, L.K.; Nassar, H.; Armstrong, D.K.; Emens, L.A.; Fetting, J.H.; Lange, J.R.; Riley, C.; Tsangaris, T.N.; Wolff, A.C.; Zellars, R.; Zhang, Z.; Stearns, V. Pathologic complete response to preoperative sequential doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide and single-agent taxane with or without trastuzumab in stage II/III HER2-positive breast cancer. Clin Breast Cancer. 2010 Feb;10(1):40-45.

Jacobs, L.; Sukumar, S.; Stearns, V. Intraductal therapy for the prevention of breast cancer. Curr Opin Investig Drugs. 2010 Jun;11(6):646-652.

Rosson, G.D.; Magarakis, M.; Shridharani, S.M.; Stapleton, S.M.; Jacobs, L.K.; Manahan, M.A.; Flores, J.I. A review of the surgical management of breast cancer: plastic reconstructive techniques and timing implications. Ann Surg Oncol. 2010 Jul;17(7):1890-1900.

Stojadinovic, A.; Ahuja, N.; Nazarian, S.M.; Segev, D.L.; Jacobs, L.; Wang, Y.; Eberhardt, J.; Zeiger, M.A. Translational research in surgical disease. Arch Surg. 2010 Feb;145(2):187-196.

Activities & Honors


  • Top Doctor, Baltimore Magazine


  • American College of Surgeons, 1993
  • American College of Surgeons, 2002
  • American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, 2002 - 2004
    Cancer Liaison Physician, University of MO-Ellis Fischel Cancer Center
  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, 2001
  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, 2001
    Auditor Training
  • Association of Academic Surgeons, 2004
  • Fellow of The American College of Surgeons, 2002
  • Society of Surgical Oncology, 2004
  • The Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, 2004
  • Fischel Cancer Center, 2002 - 2004

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