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Jim Jacobs

Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Vaden Health Center

Tel: (650) 725-1364

James R. Jacobs, MD, PhD, became the executive director of Vaden Health Center and associate vice provost for Student Affairs in March 2016.  Prior to joining Stanford, Jim was the medical director and acting executive director for the Engemann Student Health Center at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to USC, Jim was the director of student health services at The Ohio State University and, before then, Syracuse University. In an earlier phase of his career, Jim was on the faculty at Duke University, where he did research in the Department of Anesthesiology and taught in the School of Engineering. His areas of research included clinical pharmacology and mathematical modeling.

Jim has a medical degree from Duke and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His undergraduate degree is from Johns Hopkins University. He was also heavily influenced by a year spent as a visiting scholar at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Jim is board certified in emergency medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Jim’s clinical interests in college health include urgent care, wound care and men's health. His academic interests include emerging young adults, biosecurity and intelligence analysis.

Vaden Health Center

Vaden is dedicated to the health and wellness, both physical and mental, of Stanford students. Vaden is the first stop for diagnosis and treatment of illness, injury and ongoing conditions, as well as for preventive counseling and education. Other Vaden services include counseling and wellness resources, pharmacy, physical therapy, insurance, travel clinic, the Confidential Support Team and the office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE). Vaden also offers Cardinal Care, the university-sponsored student health insurance plan. The center was made possible by a gift from the Vaden family.