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Lisa Kay Jacobs, M.D.

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  • Chief, Section of Breast Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Surgery


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

Research Interests

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

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 443-287-2778
601 N. Caroline St. Breast Center Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-502-0197

Howard County General Hospital Health Care and Surgery Center

Appointment Phone: 410-884-4744
5759 Cedar Lane Columbia, MD 21044 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-616-7660
600 N. Wolfe Street Melanoma Program Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-502-0197


Dr. Jacobs specializes in melanoma and breast cancer. Her initial practice was at the University of Missouri at the Ellis Fischel State Cancer Center, which is the designated cancer center for the state. Since joining Johns Hopkins in 2004, she has taken a leadership role regarding clinical research trials for the surgical division of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center.  In 2012, Dr. Jacobs established a new breast center at Howard County General Hospital.  As director of that program, she treats patients with all types of breast disease and melanoma. 

Dr. Jacobs has a clinical interest in treatment of early stage melanoma. She has worked closely with dermatologists and medical oncologist at Johns Hopkins University and Howard County General Hospital to improve awareness and care of melanoma patients by participating in educational programs and clinical research trials.

Breast Cancer
Breast cancer care has been a focus of Dr. Jacobs clinical practice since finishing her surgical oncology fellowship. Her primary clinical interest is in improving overall quality of life for breast cancer patients. To achieve that goal, she has initiated research programs in lymphedema and oncoplastic surgery, which attempts to increase the number of women eligible for breast preservation by combining lumpectomy with plastic surgery techniques to reshape the breast.  In addition, she has a research funding to investigate a new device that may reduce the number of surgeries required to achieve breast preservation more


  • Chief, Section of Breast Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Oncology

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Columbia School of Medicine (1992)


  • The George Washington University School of Medicine / General Surgery (1996)


  • The George Washington University School of Medicine / General Surgery (1998)
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine / Oncology (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

Videos & Media

Treatment Options for Breast Cancer

Mammogram Recommendations

Breast Lumps Causes, Types and Treatment

Lumpectomy, Mastectomy and Reconstruction after Breast Cancer

Surgical Breast Biopsy Options

Common Types of Breast Cancer Biopsy

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Facebook Live: "Addressing Facts and Fears in the Face of Breast Cancer" - October 2018

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