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Jody Elizabeth Hooper, M.D.

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  • Director, Autopsy Service, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Pathology



Research Interests

Autopsy; How the time between death and collection affects tissue condition; Value of blood and tissue cultures after death; How autopsy results affect clinical practice more


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Phone: 410-955-3580


Dr. Jody E. Hooper is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include anatomic pathology. 

She serves as the Director of Autopsy, Director of the Legacy Gift Rapid Autopsy Program, and the Deputy Director for Quality, Safety, and Service for Pathology, all at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Hooper received her M.D. from George Washington University. She completed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and performed a Surgical Pathology fellowship in pathology at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. Before her pathology training, she completed five years of service in the United States Navy, including experience as a physician and medical department head onboard the USS Comstock. 

She has performed over 1000 autopsies including over 120 rapid research autopsies (autopsy performed urgently to collect tissue for research, including the collection of living cells used to derive cell lines and xenografts).  Her research focuses on the use of postmortem tissue in research, including utilizing rapid autopsy tissue in characterizing cancer evolution from genetic and immunologic standpoints.  She is an active advocate for autopsy including as the former Chair of the National Autopsy Committee of the College of American Pathologists, served on the Association of Pathology Chairs Autopsy Working Group, and has made many presentations at the local and national level on autopsy and its value. more


  • Director, Autopsy Service, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Director, Legacy Gift Rapid Autopsy Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Deputy Director for Quality, Safety, and Patient Service, Department of Pathology
  • Associate Professor of Pathology
  • Associate Professor of Oncology

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; The George Washington University School of Medicine (1998)


  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (2007)


  • Pathology; Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital (2008)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pathology (Anatomic Pathology) (2009)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

View all on PubMed

Hooper and Williamson (Eds), Autopsy in the 21st Century: Best Practices and Future Directions. Springer International Publishing (2018).

Activities & Honors


  • College of American Pathologists

    Chair of National Autopsy Committee, 2011-2018

  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Johns Hopkins among institutions embracing “rapid autopsies”.  Baltimore Sun (June 2018)

Rapid autopsy holds “great power” for deciphering tumor heterogeneity in various cancers. Hem Onc Today (July 2018). 

What Autopsies Can Teach, Wall Street Journal (March 9, 2015)

How a new kind of autopsy is helping in the fight against cancer, Kaiser Health to Time Magazine (April 24, 2018)

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