Cara Jacobs, PA-C


Jersey City Downtown

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Professional Associations:

New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants


Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


Physician Assistant, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Board Certifications:

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

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Cara Jacobs Advocates Prevention and Health Screenings for Baselines and Early Detection

“Screenings are crucial to benchmark patients’ health; they are a barometer of the present and the future.”

Cara Jacobs was motivated in science and began her career doing neuroscience research; but although she learned a great deal, she found it lonely. “I wanted the give-and-take with people,” says Cara. “That’s when I decided to switch my career direction and focus on medicine, which would give me the opportunity to interact with patients and other health care professionals on a daily basis.”

As a physician assistant, Cara is passionate about wellness care and providing screenings to all her patients when appropriate. She is a proponent of early detection saving lives. According to Cara, “Preventive care is crucial, and I encourage physical screenings, including PAPs, mammograms, colonoscopies and other screenings, so that a baseline can be recorded; and if an abnormality is detected, it can be treated early.”

She joined Vanguard in 2016 as a physician assistant and provides a variety of services, including annual physicals, sick visits, medication management, blood pressure screenings, vaccinations and extension of services from one of our physicians. Cara is also a certified Department of Transportation medical examiner. This certification allows her to conduct the detailed physicals required for bus and truck drivers with commercial drivers’ licenses.

Cara co-authored “Rebound Potentiation of Inhibition in Juvenile Visual Cortex Requires Vision-Induced BDNF Expression” in the Journal of Neuroscience, August 6, 2014. During her free time, she enjoys reading, jogging with her husband and spending time with her friends.

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May 27, 2017

Cara was awesome. She listened attentively, explained everything, and seemed to truly care. Exceptional!

May 19, 2017

cara is so patient and asks a lot of questions. I always feel like a top priority.

May 16, 2017

Cara is an excellent provider!

May 05, 2017

Great PA. Will be back.

May 01, 2017

Would have like to be notified that my waiting time, in examining room, would be longer- was told 5 min or so & ended up 1/2 hour +.

Apr 21, 2017

PA Cara is a wonderful Provider, very caring and is always willing to take time to listen to concerns.

Apr 18, 2017

good experience

Apr 11, 2017

The PA was absolutely great. She was welcoming and caring and made me feel very at ease and comfortable.

Apr 11, 2017

She took her time, didn't rush me.

Jan 26, 2017

The PA we saw was excellent! She was very thorough and friendly.

Dec 31, 2016

I was not advised to use some traditional approach like: drinking much, honey, ...just medications. I got a cough syrop but I was not informed about the name, so when I was at the pharmacy picking it up it hadn't been delivered (not in my account) and I was not able to answer the question what it was other than saying that it was a cough syrop. I was not explained at what moment probiotics should be taken

Oct 26, 2016

I came in with sore throat and pink eye; I was a first time patient. Ms. Jacobs treated those things BUT ALSO "diagnosed" me with high blood pressure and urged me to get on meds. I saw my usual care provider and he disagreed.