Rachel C. Jacobs, MD

  • PGY-2 Resident

Rachel C. Jacobs, MD, joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery residency program in July of 2020 after receiving her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology from Emory University as a Liberal Arts Scholarship recipient.

During her undergraduate education, she spent four years at Yerkes National Primate Research Center studying selective MRI-guided neurotoxic lesions and neuroanatomical procedures in rhesus macaques to assess brain reorganization following neonatal brain lesions. During medical school, she became heavily involved in the Department of Neurosurgery Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery under the mentorship of L. Dade Lunsford, MD. Specifically, she worked on clinical studies regarding stereotactic radiosurgery outcomes for benign and malignant brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations and cavernous malformations. Her peer-reviewed work has been presented at regional and national neurosurgical conferences in oral and abstract form.

Dr. Jacobs enjoys boxing, spinning, and international travel in her free time. She is a native of Atlanta, Ga.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Cerebrovascular neurosurgery; endoscopic endonasal and skull base neurosurgery; complex spine.

Professional Organization Membership

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Medical Association
Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Education & Training

  • BS, Neuroscience/Behavioral Biology, Emory University, 2016
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2020

Honors & Awards

  • Morris H. and Gertrude M. Harris Foundation Scholar for Jewish Medical Students, 2016-20
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2020

Research Activities

The optimal treatment paradigm for large AVMs is controversial. The Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery has previously reported on the efficacy of volume-staged radiosurgery for large AVMs. This past year we focused on risk of symptomatic adverse radiation effect for VS-SRS for large AVMs. The manuscript is accepted and in production by the Journal of Neurosurgery.

Separately, under the guidance of Raymond Sekula Jr., MD, findings from the Neurosurgery Mini-Elective at Pitt Med were published in the Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development regarding the impact of a hands-on pre-clinical neurosurgery elective course on second-year medical student interest and attitudes.