Adam Hartman, M.D.

Adam Lindsay Hartman, M.D.

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  • Director, Center for Pediatric Rasmussen Syndrome


Epilepsy, Ketogenic Diet, Neurology

Research Interests

Seizure models; Epilepsy; Ketogenic diet

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-9100
1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287
Fax: 410-614-0373
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Dr. Adam Hartman is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He focuses on treating children with epilepsy, with an emphasis on those whose seizures have not been adequately controlled with medication. He evaluates and manages patients in his clinic who may be candidates for epilepsy surgery, including those with Rasmussen syndrome, brain malformations, and perinatal strokes. Patients who may not be surgery candidates due to inborn errors of metabolism (particularly mitochondrial disorders) also are a special interest for Dr. Hartman.

Dr. Hartman is currently a Physician at NINDS/NIH, serving as a Program Director in the Division of Clinical Research. Previously, Dr. Hartman was the Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Neurology Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also was the Co-Director of the Neurology Intensive Care Nursery and an Attending Physician on the Pediatric Neurology Inpatient Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Hartman’s prior laboratory work was funded by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH), Technology Development Corporation (State of Maryland), a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Clinician Scientist Award, the Pakula Family, and the Becker Family.

Dr. Hartman received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. After completing his residency in Pediatrics in the National Capital Uniformed Services Pediatric Residency Program (National Naval Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center), he served as a general pediatrician in the US Navy for five years (the last as division head of general pediatrics at Naval Medical Center San Diego). He completed his residency in pediatric neurology and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology/pediatric epilepsy, both at Johns Hopkins. more


  • Director, Center for Pediatric Rasmussen Syndrome

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (1994)


  • Neurology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2005)
  • Pediatrics; National Naval Medical Center (1997)


  • Neurology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2007)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Epilepsy) (2013)
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology/Special Child Neurology) (2006)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Hartman AL, Rubenstein J, Kossoff EH. Intermittent Fasting: A "New" Historical Strategy for Controlling Seizures? Epilepsy Res 2013;104:275-279.

Holden K, Hartman, AL. D-leucine: evaluation in an epilepsy model. Epil Behav 2018;78:202-209

Dolce A, Santos P, Chen W, Hoke A, Hartman AL. Different ketogenesis strategies lead to disparate seizure outcomes. Epilepsy Res 2018;143:90-97

Metz KA, Teng X, Coppens I, Lamb HM, Wagner BE, Rosenfeld JA, Chen X, Zhang Y, Kim HJ, Meadow ME, Wang TS, Haberlandt ED, Anderson GW, Leshinsky-Silver E, Bi W, Markello TC, Pratt M, Makhseed N, Garnica A, Danylchuk NR, Burrow TA, Jayakar P, McKnight D, Agadi S, Gbedawo H, Stanley C, Alber M, Prehl I, Peariso K, Ong MT, Mordekar SR, Parker MJ, Crooks D, Agrawal PB, Berry GT, Loddenkemper T, Yang Y, Maegawa GHB, Aouacheria A, Markle JG, Wohlschlegel JA, Hartman AL*, Hardwick JM*. KCTD7 deficiency defines a distinct neurodegenerative disorder with a conserved autophagy-lysosome defect. Ann Neurol 2018;84:766-780. *Co-corresponding authors

Juul SE, Comstock BA, Wadhawan R, Mayock DE, Courtney SE, Robinson T, Ahmad KA, Bendel-Stenzel E, Baserga M, LaGamma EF, Downey LC, Rao R, Fahim N, Lampland A, Frantz ID, III, Khan JY, Weiss M, Gilmore MM, Ohls RK, Srinivasan N, Perez JE, McKay V, Vu PT, Lowe J, Kuban K, O’Shea M, Hartman, AL, Heagerty PJ, on behalf of the PENUT Trial Consortium. A Randomized trial of Erythropoietin for Neuroprotection in Preterm Infants. New Engl J Med 2020;382:233-243

Activities & Honors


  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1989
  • Departmental Honors, 1989
  • Lewis Sarrett Scholarship Prize in Chemistry, 1989
  • National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 1991 - 1992
  • Howard Johnson Award for Housestaff Research, American Academy of Pediatrics, 1996
  • Preceptor of the Year, Naval School of Health Sciences, 2002
  • Francis C. Rash Award (Teacher of the Year), Naval Medical Center San Diego Pediatric Residency Program, 2002
  • Jay Slotkin Award (Best Resident Research Project), Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2005
  • Merritt-Putnam Award, Epilepsy Foundation, 2006
  • Sheila S. and Lawrence C. Pakula Fellow


  • Abilities Network (Epilepsy Foundation), Professional Advisory Board, 2007
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association, 2000 - 2008
  • American Academy of Neurology, 2007
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), 1998
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2006
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, 2006
  • American Epilepsy Society, 2007
  • Child Neurology Society, 2007
  • Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics Section, AAP, 1999
  • Infant Seizure Society (Japan), Corresponding Member, 2008
  • Section on Neurology, AAP, 2008
  • Uniformed Services Section, AAP, 1999

Professional Activities

  • Associate Program Director, Pediatric Neurology Residency - 2016
  • Co-Editor, Treatment of Pediatric Neurologic Disorders

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

When Your Child Has Out-of-Control Epilepsy, US News & World Report (11/25/2015)

Halting Seizures with D-Leucine, NeuroLogic (Fall 2015)

After brain surgery, Candon shows 'can-do' spirit, Star Gazette, Elmira, N.Y. (05/01/2015)

How to Handle a Child's Seizure, HealthDay (11/15/2013)

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