Steven Jacoby, MD became interested in treating heart disease after seeing how coronary heart disease, cholesterol disorders, and diabetes affected his family members. As a general cardiologist, Dr. Jacoby is often one of the first doctors a patient with a heart condition encounters at Yale Medicine. He likes to use models of hearts and diagrams of the cardiovascular system to explain what’s happening to patients and help put them at ease. “Every patient is different,” he says. “We talk about the long-term consequences of each treatment and what each patient’s fears are.”
Named one of Connecticut’s top doctors for several years in a row, Dr. Jacoby approaches each patient with an open-mind and likes to consider who they are as people in addition what heart condition might be causing their problems. “I start without any preconceived notion of what they have,” he says. Prior to making a diagnosis, he likes to collect and review all the tests that have already been run and order others to gather more information. His goal is to do all he can to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. “Whenever I think it’s something obvious, I always try to think of one other thing it could be,” he says.
Dr. Jacoby received his training at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital and has been seeing patients for over three decades.