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Ira M. Jacobson, MD

  • Specialty: Gastroenterology
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-0474
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About Me

I became fascinated with biology as a child, when my elementary school teacher showed me the teeming life in a drop of pond water through a microscope. My ambition to become a doctor arose from medicine’s ideal combination of science and helping others.

Much later, I decided to specialize in gastroenterology because of the diversity of conditions doctors manage in this field, and the scientific and technologic advances that characterized its dynamic growth early in my medical career. I was particularly fascinated with the liver because of the central role it plays in hundreds of the body’s vital processes.

I devote much of my clinical time caring for people who have liver disease, including viral hepatitis and other liver conditions. For patients who require liver transplantation, I work closely with our surgeons at the NYU Langone Transplant Institute. I am also actively involved in the broader specialty of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopy, including upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and colonoscopy.

As the director of hepatology at NYU Langone Health, I aim to expand and enhance the clinical, research, and educational programs in liver disease and mentor the exceptional group of hepatologists here. It’s an honor to work with such a wonderful hepatology team and to provide patient care alongside world-class experts in medicine, surgery, pathology, radiology, oncology, and other specialties.

The primary source of gratification in my professional life is patient care. I enjoy meeting my patients and their families and hearing about their lives, and I pride myself on spending as much time with my patients as they need. While I focus on their specific conditions, I do so in the broad context of their overall health.

I place an emphasis on accessibility in my practice—my patients can contact me at any time through secure electronic communication. I also emphasize clear communication during office visits. We live in an era of “evidence-based medicine,” but existing medical evidence must sometimes be combined with clinical experience and judgment for the best approach to care. To do this, I provide individualized care and focus on each person and how he or she is unique.

For more than 30 years, I have participated in hundreds of clinical trials on antiviral therapy for viral hepatitis, including hepatitis B and C, and I have also led a number of them. These studies have remarkably improved our ability to treat people with these conditions, including the capacity to cure nearly all patients who have hepatitis C. I have authored and coauthored more than 250 scientific papers, chapters, and reviews on these and other topics. I continue to be involved in studies on viral hepatitis, and am also involved in studies examining treatments for other liver diseases, such as fatty liver disease and primary biliary cholangitis.

I am a fellow of several major organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the American College of Gastroenterology, and a member of the European Association for the Study of the Liver. Recently, I was honored to be elected to a fellowship at the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom. I am a past president of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the New York Gastroenterological Association.


Conditions and Treatments

primary biliary cirrhosis, liver tumor, viral hepatitis, fatty liver, colonoscopy, gallstone disease, liver diseases, autoimmune hepatitis, bile duct abnormalities, colon cancer screening, endoscopy
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Credentials

Positions
  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Director, Hepatology
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Gastroenterology), 1985
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine, 1982
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, Gasteoenterology, 1984
  • Residency, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, Internal Medicne, 1982
  • MD from Columbia University, 1979
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Locations and Appointments

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  • United Healthcare
    • United Healthcare Indemnity (NYU Langone Health Employees)
  • Aetna
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Indemnity
    • Aetna International
    • Aetna Medicare Managed Care
    • Aetna Meritain Health
    • Aetna Open Access Elect Choice (EPO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna POS (American Express Employer)
    • Aetna PPO
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
    • Aetna Student Health
    • Allied
    • Chesterfield Resources Inc
    • Christian Brothers Services
    • CoreSource
    • Healthscope
    • Nippon Life of America—Aetna
    • Nippon Life—Aetna
    • Starmark
    • WellNet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • BCBS Blue Access EPO
    • BCBS Blue Access GEPO
    • BCBS Blue Access HMO
    • BCBS EPO
    • BCBS EPO (NYU Winthrop Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS Federal Program
    • BCBS HMO
    • BCBS Indemnity
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare HMO
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare PPO
    • BCBS POS
    • BCBS PPO
    • BCBS PPO (NYU Winthrop Employees)
    • BCBS PPO - Empire PPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS Pathway
    • BCBS Pathway Enhanced
    • BCBS Pathway X Enhanced
    • Local 32BJ SEIU
    • New York Hotel Trades
    • Unicare
  • Cigna
    • Apwu Health Plan
    • Cigna Great West PPO
    • Cigna HMO
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna Managed Care/POS
    • Cigna NALC
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access PPO
    • Cigna PPO
    • Cigna Premier Plus
    • Consolidated Health Plans-NYU Student
    • Great West HMO
    • MVP-Cigna Network
  • GHI
    • GHI Medicare Supplement
  • Health Smart
    • WTC Health Program-HHC
  • MVP Select Care Inc
    • MVP Preferred EPO
    • MVP Select Care Inc.
  • Magnacare
    • Magnacare PPO
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part A and B
    • Medicare Part B
  • NYSHIP - The Empire Plan
    • NYS Health Insurance Plan - The Empire Plan
  • Oxford
    • Oxford Health Plans Freedom
    • Oxford Health Plans Liberty
  • Railroad Medicare
    • Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare
  • United Healthcare
    • United Healthcare Choice (AMEX employees)
    • AARP Medicare Complete
    • Oxford Health Plans Medicare Advantage
    • UMR
    • UMR WTC Health Program
    • United Healthcare AARP
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Choice (CBS employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice NSLIJ
    • United Healthcare EPO
    • United Healthcare EPO (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare HMO
    • United Healthcare Indemnity
    • United Healthcare JP Morgan
    • United Healthcare Medicare
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare POS
    • United Healthcare PPO
    • United Healthcare Plus (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Student Resources
NYU Gastroenterology Associates

530 First Avenue, HCC 7H
New York, NY 10016

Phone

212-263-0474

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NYU Gastroenterology Associates

240 East 38th Street, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10016

NYU Hepatology Associates

530 1st Avenue, Suite 4J
New York, NY 10016

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Interests

Hepatitis, Fatty liver disease, Priimary biliary choangitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis

Academic Contact

Academic office

530 First Avenue

HCC7H

New York, NY 10016

Phone

212-263-0474

Fax

212-263-0475

Clinical Trials and Research Studies

  • A Phase 2a Randomized Partially-blind Placebo-controlled Study to Assess Efficacy Safety Pharmacokinetics of 24 Week Treatment With Multiple Doses JNJ-56136379 as Monotherapy and Combination With Nucleos(t)ide Analog in Subjects With Chronic HBV Infection

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  • A phase 2b Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of BMS-986036 (PEG-FGF21) in Adults With Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) and Compensated Cirrhosis

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  • A phase 2b Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of BMS-986036 (PEG-FGF21) in Adults With Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) and Stage 3 Liver Fibrosis (MB130-068)

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