Dr. Steven J Jacobsen

Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Why do you want to serve as a leader of the College?
It would be a tremendous honor and privilege to serve as President-elect of the College.  I have seen the College mature over the past 35 years and am excited about the prospect in helping to further its continued growth and maturity.  I have benefited greatly from my experiences in the College and see serving in this position as an ideal way in which to give back.  I have spent my career in  non-traditional academic environments and have a deep appreciation of the diverse backgrounds and roles of our members. If elected, I hope to build on the work of our predecessors in furthering the mission of the College, advocating for the discipline, and promoting the College as THE professional home for epidemiologists.  My experiences on the Board, Program committees and Awards committee have afforded me an appreciation of the inner workings and dynamics of the College that position me to work effectively with the Board, its officers and management company to continue its growth and fostering its place as THE credential-based organization for epidemiologists.  In sum,  I would be honored to serve, and pledge my dedication assuming the responsibilities of the position.

What are your qualifications and experiences that will help you in service as a leader?
I have a number of qualifications and experiences that would serve me--and the College--well, if elected. I have served a term on its Board of Directors from 2011-2014 and have returned to the Board this past year for a second.  I've also served on and/or chaired the Awards committee for a total of eight years and our organization is hosting the annual meeting of the College this year in Pasadena.   Outside the college, I served as chair of the Division of Epidemiology at Mayo Clinic for almost 14 years and have led a Department of 30+ epidemiologists and other scientists at Kaiser Permanente Southern California for the past 13 years.  In addition, I have served on several Editorial Boards, including the Annals of Epidemiology and the American Journal of Epidemiology and numerous NIH study sections/special emphasis panels.  These roles have all afforded me a great deal of experience in leading organizations, drawing on the expertise of others and fostering a sense of purpose.  However, I feel that my passion for using epidemiologic tools and real-world data to inform policy and medical practice is probably my most important qualification.  My hope would be to foster that same passion for making a difference throughout our organization.