Dr. Joelle Jakobsen, MD

Breast Surgeon, General Surgeon


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.

Education and Certification

  • Loma Linda University Med Center-General Surgery 2001
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center 1997
  • Loma Linda University School Of Medicine 1996
  • Orlando Regional Medical Center-Surgical Critical Care 2002