Dr. Joelle Jakobsen, MD

Dr. Joelle Jakobsen, MD

General Surgery  |  
Female  |  
47 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Joelle Jakobsen, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in Carmichael, CA. She is 47 years old and has been practicing for 21 years. Read her story

Mercy Medical Group

6555 Coyle Ave

Carmichael, CA 95608
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Shield of California
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Health Net
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
  • MultiPlan
  • Networks By Design
  • Pacific Foundation for Medical Care
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Western Health Advantage

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Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
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Dr. Jakobsen's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Jakobsen "I am originally from Maryland, but came to California for medical school and never left. I completed my Medical School and Residency at Loma Linda University in Southern California and, while there, was selected to serve as Chief Resident, by my fellow residents. From there, I went onto a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care, at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Central Florida's only Level One Trauma Center. I enjoy being a surgeon because I like to make people feel better and get them back to their normal routine quickly. Thus, when possible, most of my surgeries are done with minimally invasive techniques that decrease hospital length of stay, result in less pain and provide a quicker recovery. I have been with Mercy Medical Group for 12 years and currently serve as the Chief of Surgery at Mercy San Juan, a position I am most proud of because it requires an election by your peers. In addition, I serve as the Cancer Liaison for the hospital, and attend quarterly Regional Oncology meetings to discuss quality measures and cancer care for our oncology patients. I work closely with our highly skilled oncologists, radiation oncologists, and amazing Nurse Navigators to provide a team approach to cancer care. We strive to offer a positive patient experience and to ensure the patient that they are not alone. On a personal note, I met my husband while studying abroad in England and have been married for 25 wonderful years and counting. I am passionate about raising breast cancer awareness and am a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. One of my favorite activities is hosting our Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Tea, we are preparing to host our 13th Annual Tea. It is wonderful to see so many fantastic women sharing their stories of strength. In addition to planning for the next Tea, I also enjoy dancing, skiing, golfing, and traveling with husband. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Jakobsen "I want to make a difference in people's life, make them feel whole again, and get them back in their normal routine, pain free, with a speedy recovery.  Our team understands there is no convenient time for a hernia repair, gallbladder or appendix removal, or a breast or colon cancer diagnosis. These conditions can upset your world, but we are here as a team to help you through the process, to take care of you, and to provide minimal disruption in your life. 




  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Critical Care Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abscess
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Appendicitis
  • Basal Type Breast Cancer
  • Breast Abscess
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer During Pregnancy
  • Breast Cancer Recurrence
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Duct Papilloma
  • Breast Fibroadenoma
  • Breast Infections
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoma in Situ
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Lipomas
  • Locally Advanced Breast Cancer
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Meckel's Diverticulum
  • Melanoma
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Pre-Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Surgery, Robotic-Assisted
  • Distal Pancreatectomy
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy With Robotic Assistance
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery, Laproscopic
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hepatectomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Liver Resection, Partial
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mammosite Catheter Insertion
  • Mastectomy
  • Melanoma Removal
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Single Incision Gallbladder Removal
  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Skin-Sparing Mastectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Surgery, Robotic Assisted
  • Surgery, Trauma
  • Temporal Artery Biopsy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Total Splenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • da Vinci® Colectomy
  • da Vinci® Gallbladder Removal
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Rollins College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Loma Linda University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Loma Linda University Med Center-General Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2001
  • Orlando Regional Medical Center-Surgical Critical Care
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2002

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Jakobsen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Mercy San Juan Medical Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. Jakobsen is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. Jakobsen's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Jakobsen to family and friends
based on 14 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Jakobsen's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
in Gold River, CA |
Dr. Jakobsen is an outstanding doctor with exceptional knowledge in her field. She performed Stage 1 breast cancer surgery on me five years ago and I have been doing fine ever since. Here kindness and winning personality is something you do not see in doctors all of the time, and I appreciate her more every time I walk into her office.
in Rocklin CA |
Dr Jakobsen is awesome. I just had major surgery last Thursday and jave not had any need for pain meds. This is my second surgery by Dr Jakobsen and she is exceptional. Super personality, understanding, confident, but most of all compassionate! No lack of trust for her competence, she is so knowledgeable and just truly amazing!
in Citrus Heights |
Best doctor ever! Love her!
in Citrus Heights, CA |
very friendly and makes you feel very comfortable with the procedure you are about to have. she is very confident and professional. I had navel hernia surgery and had minor pain and feel very comfortable with her work thank you DR Jakobsen
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Jakobsen accepts 15 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Shield of California
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Health Net
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
    Interplan Health Group
  • MultiPlan
  • Networks By Design
  • Pacific Foundation for Medical Care
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • Western Health Advantage

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Hospitals where Dr. Jakobsen has admitting privileges

Mercy San Juan Medical Center
6501 Coyle Ave
Carmichael, CA 95608
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Mercy Hospital of Folsom
1650 Creekside Dr
Folsom, CA 95630
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