Cara Jacobs, PA-C


Jersey City Downtown

(Overall Providing Rating)


Family Medicine

Primary Location:

Jersey City Downtown Office

127 Montgomery Street

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Tel: 201.431.7200

Fax: 201.526.0474


Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


Physician Assistant, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Board Certifications:

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Professional Associations:

New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants

Accepts New Patients
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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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The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our independent rating system, the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Learn more about our patient satisfaction survey.

May 17, 2018


May 16, 2018

Good experience

May 12, 2018

Very detailed and informative.

Mar 15, 2018

above expectations in all categories. Our entire family is transferring our health care needs to this practice based on this experience

Feb 23, 2018

cara was amazing. I did not ever feel uncomfortable in anyway. she even asked if I would like the space heater on and that was something beyond my past experiences!

Feb 08, 2018

Cara is outstanding

Feb 06, 2018

Cara Jacobs is the reason I keep returning to Vanguard in Jersey City.

Feb 02, 2018

cara does a great job

Jan 21, 2018

She's excellent.

Jan 19, 2018

*Cara was caring, supportive, professional and very attentive to my medical needs.

Jan 19, 2018

PA Cara Jacobs was extremely knowledgeable and demonstrated great empathy.

Jan 17, 2018

Cara spent 45 minutes with me doing my exam and answering all of my questions. She explained everything and made me feel extremely comfortable.

Jan 03, 2018

Thorough, caring, attentive. She's a credit to the practice.

Jan 01, 2018

particularly helpful was advice about realistic goals for starting exercise program back up after year off. look forward not back at where you were...

Dec 28, 2017


Dec 16, 2017

She was an excellent PA.

Dec 13, 2017

very caring staff, doctors explained everything and helped spied up recovery and comfort

Dec 07, 2017

Couldn't ask for a better care provider!