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Rapid Autopsy

Jody E. Hooper, M.D.

Primary Appointment in Pathology;
Director, Legacy Gift Rapid Autopsy Program;
Deputy Director, Division of Autopsy

“Rapid” autopsy means conducting a postmortem examination of a patient on an urgent basis to collect tissue (mostly cancers) for many different types of research. This allows for investigation of large volumes of tumor tissue at a unique time point in the evolution of the tumor from a genetic and immunologic standpoint, when aggressive local and distant spread has occurred. My major focus is on expanding the Hopkins Rapid Medical Donation (rapid autopsy) program from a few subspecialized areas to encompass all organ systems and many laboratories. I have a number of research interests associated with my autopsy work, including how the time interval between death and collection affects the condition of the tissue, how valuable blood and tissue cultures are after death, and how autopsy results affect clinical practice.

Hooper JE, Hebert J, Schilling A, Gross N, Schindler J, Lagowski J, Kulesz-Martin M, Corless C, Morgan TK. “Hybrid Capture 2 is as effective as PCR testing for high risk HPV in head and neck cancers.” Diag Mol Pathol 2014 [epub ahead of print].

Kikuchi K, Wettach GR, Ryan CR, Hung A, Hooper JE, Beadling C, Warrick A, Corless CL, Olson SB, Hart J, Vogt PK, Keller C, Mansoor A. "MDM2 amplification and PI3KCA mutation in a case of sclerosing rhabdomyosarcoma". Sarcoma 2013; http://www.hindawi.com/journals/sarcoma/2013/520858/.

Alabran JL, Hooper JE, Hill M, Smith SE, Spady KK, Davis LE, Peterson LS, Malempati S, Ryan CW, Acosta R, Spunt SL, Keller C. “Overcoming autopsy barriers in pediatric cancer research”. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 2013;60(2):204-209.

Hooper JE, Morgan TK, Grompe M, Sheppard BC, Troxell ML, Corless CL, Streeter PR. “The novel monoclonal antibody HPC2 and N-cadherin distinguish pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma from cholangiocarcinoma”. Human Pathology 2012;43(10):1583-1589.

Hooper JE, Geller SA. “Relevance of the autopsy as a medical tool: a large database of physician attitudes”. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine 2007; 131 (2): 268-274.


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