Dr. Gary Jacobson is Professor and Director of the Division of Audiology at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prior to this he was the Director of the Division of Audiology, and Adjunct Staff in the Department of Neurology for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan.
He completed his undergraduate studies at California State University at Fullerton. He received his M.S. in Communicative Disorders (Audiology) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and received has Ph.D. from Kent State University. He served as the Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Section (Neurology Service) at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati from 1979-1988. During that time he served as both Director of the Evoked Potentials Laboratory (Department of Neurology- F. Samaha, M.D. Chairman) and, Director of the Intraoperative Evoked Potentials Program for the Department of Neurosurgery (J.M. Tew, Jr., M.D., Chairman) University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati Ohio.
As the Division Director Dr. Jacobson has been responsible administration, supervision and program development for the Division. The programs have included the development of, among other things a Risk of Falls Assessment Clinic. He is active clinically in balance function and auditory electrophysiology laboratories, hearing aid dispensing and clinical audiology.
Dr. Jacobson is a Past President of the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring, and has served on the Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Directors of the American Tinnitus Association. He is the past-editor of the American Journal of Audiology (American Speech-Language Hearing Association) and a past Assistant Editor (Evoked Potentials) for the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (American Academy of Audiology). He is on the Editorial Board of the journals Brain Topography and Seminars in Hearing and is an Ad Hoc reviewer for 10 other scientific journals. He has authored and co-authored over 100 publications that cover the areas of tinnitus, dizziness, auditory function, outcome measures development, brain mapping and intraoperative neurophysiology He is co-editor of the text Handbook of Balance Function Testing (Thomson Singular). He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and, most recently, was recipient of the Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology from the American Academy of Audiology.