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Jody Elizabeth Hooper, M.D.

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Director, Autopsy Service, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Associate Professor of Pathology


Expertise: 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


The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-3580


Dr. Jody E. Hooper is an associate professor of pathology 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 on board the USS Comstock. 

She is the creator and former director of the Legacy Gift Rapid Autopsy program at Oregon Health and Science University, where she was an assistant professor of pathology until September of 2014, when she relocated to Johns Hopkins. She has personally performed over 700 autopsies, including many rapid research cases. more


  • Director, Autopsy Service, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Director, Legacy Gift Rapid Autopsy Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Pathology

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, George Washington University School of Medicine (1998)


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


  • Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital - GME / Pathology (2008)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pathology / Anatomic Pathology (2009)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Hooper JE, Hebert JF, Schilling A, Gross ND, Schindler JS, Lagowski JP, Kulesz-Martin M, Corless CL, Morgan TK. "Hybrid Capture 2 is as effective as PCR testing for high-risk human papillomavirus in head and neck cancers." Appl Immunohistochem Mol Morphol. 2015 Apr;23(4):266-72. doi: 10.1097/PDM.0000000000000036.

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

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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