Michael Jacobs: Orioles Doctor

Michael A. Jacobs’79, Baltimore Orioles team orthopedist for 13 years, never applied for the job. Michael was approached by the team’s owner, Peter Angelos, and initially refused the offer. The team’s former doctor of 30 years, Charles “Chick” Silberstein, helped him change his mind. 

During Michael’s first period with the Orioles, from 1994 to 2002, he helped revolutionize the team’s process of signing new players. He said that made the Orioles the first MLB team to make medical status a condition of a new player’s signing. New players were required to pass medical exams and medical history reviews before signing.

Michael returned to the Orioles in 2013. He has accompanied the team to three national playoffs since 1994. In addition to his work with the Baltimore Orioles, Michael is a faculty member in orthopedics at Johns Hopkins University and regularly sees patients at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, where he specializes in hip and knee reconstructive surgery. 

He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha in medical school and is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association.

Michael Jacobs’79 with former Orioles Jim Palmer and Boog Powell