teresa jacobs, md

Medical Director, Neurosurgical Intensive Care
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurosurgery and Neurology



Dr. Teresa Jacobs is a Clinical Associate Professor in both the Department of Neurosurgery and Neurology.  She obtained her BA in Chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1981.  She was an award winning high school teacher of Chemistry and Physics for the first 10 years of her career.  In 1993, she sought her degree in medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her internship was as an Internal Medicine intern at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) after which she completed a neurology residency at the University of Virginia.  She stayed at the University of Virginia where she completed a Neurocritical Care Fellowship and served as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Neurology. 

Following her work at the University of Virginia, Dr. Jacobs moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan where she entered private practice as the Medical Director of Adult Neurology at Bronson Methodist Hospital.  At Bronson, she was able to establish several critical care protocols and pathways, as well as maintain two subspecialty out-patient clinics in stroke and behavioral neurology.  She also assisted the organization in achieving a Primary Stroke Center Designation as part of her development of the Acute Stroke Program at Bronson. In 2004, Dr. Jacobs came to the University of Michigan to assume the position of Medical Director of Neurosurgical Intensive Care for the Department of Neurosurgery.  She is triple boarded in Neurology, Neurocritical Care, and Vascular Neurology.

Her work in Neurocritical Care has included founding the University of Michigan’s UCNS-accredited Neurocritical Care fellowship.  She has advanced the Neurocritical Care Program to include four Neurointensivists, Neurointensive Care fellows, and a program for training Neurosurgery and Neurology residents.  She also serves at the Medical Director of the in-patient general care unit.

Dr. Jacobs has a research interest in portable methods for ICU imaging and is currently working with a group developing a new portable CT scanner.  She also participates collaboratively with her partners in ICU research surrounding central venous catheters, percutaneous tracheostomy, and normothermia.  She is also active in research surrounding patient care and patient care systems.  She has been involved in several projects that have resulted in decrease in-patient length of stay and re-admission rates.  She has established new multi-disciplinary rounding structures for both Neurosurgery and Neurology that have improved patient care.

She serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Neurology and several other grant competitions.  She is an active member of several national organizations including the Neurocritical Care Society and the American Association of Neurosurgeons.