Alice K. Jacobs, MD, FAHA
Boston University School of Medicine
Alice K. Jacobs, MD, FACC, FAHA, MSCAI is a Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and served as the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and Interventional Cardiology for 20 years until 2011. She is currently Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine at Boston University Medical Center and maintains an active clinical practice. Dr. Jacobs has led the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline, a community-based, national initiative to develop systems of care for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients to increase the number of patients with timely access to primary percutaneous coronary intervention and evidence-based, guideline recommended care. Mission: Lifeline has now expanded to include Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Stroke systems of care. Dr. Jacobs served as president of the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2004-05 and as president of the Association of University Cardiologists in 2011. She is a past chair of the ACC/AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines. During her tenure, the guidelines process and methodology evolved to include formal systematic evidence reviews, inclusion of patient representatives in the process, incorporation of an Evidence Grading Tool, and further enhancements to the Class of Recommendation/Level of Evidence schema. Dr. Jacobs is a prior member of CMS MEDCAC and the IOM Committee on Social Security Cardiovascular Disability. Currently, she is the immediate past-chair of the American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines CAD Advisory Working Group and Chair of the AHA Healthcare Certification Science Committee, a member of NHLBI Cardiothoracic Surgical Network Protocol Review Committee and a member of the New York State Cardiac Advisory Committee. Her major research interest is in coronary revascularization strategies and sex-based difference in ischemic heart disease.