Division of Autopsy Pathology


For Physicians: Get an Anatomic Pathology consultation

About our consultation service


Expert Consultation
Jody E. Hooper, MD is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and is the Director of the Autopsy Service. She has performed many hundreds of autopsies across several institutions. Her special interest is in the use of rapid autopsy for research tissue collection and she is the Director of the Legacy Gift Rapid Autopsy program at Johns Hopkins. She is also the Chair of the Autopsy Committee of the College of American Pathologists.

David Nauen, MD, PhD is board-certified in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology. He has extensive experience in evaluation of gross and microscopic brain tissue and has performed hundreds of brain autopsies. With a focus in developmental and epilepsy neuropathology, he previously diagnosed such cases for the NIH Brain and Tissue Bank at the University of Maryland, and he evaluates all epilepsy surgery specimens at Johns Hopkins.

Timely Results

The Autopsy Service strives for accuracy, completeness, and timeliness in performing and reporting on autopsies. We are sensitive to issues of concern to families, including funeral arrangements and to the resolutions of cause of death, appropriateness of care, and possible genetic implications of disease.

A preliminary report is available within two days of completing the gross examination and review. Generally, the final report, which includes the results of histologic and other studies, is complete within 30 days. Staff members can provide an interpretation of the autopsy report and will consult with the family as requested.

Special Ordering Instructions

The extent of the autopsy examination may vary. Complete autopsy examination is preferable, but partial or brain-only examinations may be requested if preferred. Funeral homes will generally perform transportation of the patient to Johns Hopkins for performance of the autopsy and the next of kin is responsible for arrangement of and payment for the transportation.

Outside autopsy reports and slides can also be reviewed at Johns Hopkins for a second opinion. Requests for second opinion slide review must be approved by the Autopsy Director.

To make arrangements for a private autopsy:
Please call the hospital operator (410-955-5000) during daytime hours and ask them to page the autopsy resident on call.