Dr. Ronald S. Jacobson officially joined his father, Dr. Bailey, in the practice in 1989, though he spent plenty of time there while he was going to school. As a little boy, he used to sit and watch his dad prepare lectures on orthodontics and cleft lip and palate, and he made up his mind early on to follow in his father’s footsteps. Now he’s pretty much leading the way.
Dr. Ron spent his undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He attended Northwestern University Dental School to earn a Doctorate of Dental Surgery, and also obtained a Master of Science in orthodontics.
He taught in Northwestern’s graduate orthodontic department for 11 years as an associate professor until 2000 when the school unfortunately closed.
Dr. Ron has thoroughly enjoyed his (thus far) 22-year participation as the orthodontic member of the craniofacial team at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago (now Lurie’s Children’s Hospital), and he continues to teach the residents in the orthodontic/craniofacial component of the pediatric dental program. He also teaches as a visiting associate professor in the graduate orthodontic department at University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Ron became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 2005. He has published and lectured extensively, especially in the fields of cleft lip and palate, surgical prediction in orthodontics, and practical use of computer technology. He even designed the orthodontic software we use in the office.
Dr. Ron belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists and the prestigious Edward H. Angle Society. He is a past president of the North Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society and the Illinois Society of Orthodontists.
An accomplished musician, Dr. Ron plays drums, piano, and guitar. In his free time, he writes, arranges, and records music in his professional recording studio in the basement of his home. His wife Mary is an optometrist, and together they enjoy travel and sports activities with their very busy children, Tyler and Rachel.