Dr. Jacobs-El was born in New York City, and was raised on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. He received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at Stanford University, CA. He then changed career direction and entered the MD-PhD program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, with a thesis in molecular and cellular physiology.
His internship and residency in orthopedic surgery was done at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and that was followed by a fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
He has practiced in Durham, North Carolina, and for the last 20 years has taught surgery part-time at Jacobi Medical Center located in Bronx, New York, a Level I trauma center.
Dr. Jacobs-El is completing his 17th year of private practice at now-Advocate Aurora Health Legacy Dreyer Clinic in Aurora, IL in general orthopedic surgery with a focus on adult reconstruction/trauma (hip, knee and shoulder replacement, including complex cases), along with severe trauma. He has relocated back to his home, St. Croix, and happy to be serving his community.