Mackenzie Cervenka, M.D.

Mackenzie Carpenter Cervenka, M.D.

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  • Director, Adult Epilepsy Diet Center
  • Professor of Neurology

Languages: English, Spanish


Epilepsy, Epilepsy and Pregnancy, Ketogenic Diet, Neurology more

Research Interests

Efficacy of ketogenic diets in the treatment of adults with epilepsy; brain mapping in preparation for epilepsy surgery. more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-9441
1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 443-287-0423

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center (now called Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., Outpatient Center)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-9441
601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 443-287-0423

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

10753 Falls Road
Pavilion II, Suite 115
Lutherville, MD 21093 map


Dr. Mackenzie Cervenka focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with seizures and epilepsy, including surgical treatment and dietary therapies. She is an attending physician in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Her specific interests include evaluations for seizure surgery, continuous electroencephalography in the intensive care unit, epilepsy in women (including considerations during pregnancy), and dietary therapies for adults with epilepsy.

Dr. Cervenka's research focuses the efficacy of Ketogenic diets in the treatment of adults with epilepsy. She also studies brain mapping in preparation for epilepsy surgery.

Dr. Cervenka completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia and received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She then completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Cervenka completed a fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Cervenka currently sees patients in The Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. She also sees patients in The Johns Hopkins Adult Epilepsy Diet Center on Friday mornings once a month. more


  • Director, Adult Epilepsy Diet Center
  • Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
  • Professor of Neurology

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  • MD; University of Virginia School of Medicine (2004)


  • Neurology; University of Maryland Medical Center (2008)


  • Neurology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2010)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Epilepsy) (2013)
  • American Board of Psychiatry And Neurology (Neurology) (2008)

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Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

A Dietary Solution to Extreme Epilepsy, Doorways to Discovery (November 2014)

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