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Jennifer L. Hopp, MD

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Director of the Epilepsy Division; Executive Vice Chair

Additional Title:

Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit



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Education and Training

I received my MD from Jefferson Medical College in 1997 and then did my training in Medicine and Neurology at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  I completed my residency in 2001 and then completed two years of training in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  Upon completion of fellowship training, I spent one year on faculty at UCLA with a clinical practice at Cedars Sinai Medical Center before joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2004.

I was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and was named Director of the Epilepsy Division in 2016.  


My clinical and research interests in epilepsy are in the area of psychological and social factors that affect patients with epilepsy, surgical treatment of epilepsy, womens issues and epilepsy and EEG in neurocritical care.  I am interested in the comorbidities that affect patients with epilepsy such as depression and anxiety and collaborate in research with faculty in Physiology and Radiology as well as within our Division of Epilepsy.

I serve as Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Site PI for the Critical Care EEG Monitoring Research Consortium.  I also serve as site PI for other clinical trials of medications used in the treatment of status epilepticus in the ER and in the intensive care unit.


Research/Clinical Keywords

Epilepsy Clinical Neurophysiology Epilepsy and Depression Critical Care EEG

Highlighted Publications

Harden CL, Hopp J, Ting TY, Pennell PB, French JA, Allen Hauser W, Wiebe S, Gronseth S, Thurman D, Meador KJ, Koppel BS, Kaplan PW, Robinson JN, Gidal B, Hovinga CA, Wilner AN, Vazquez B, Holmes L, Krumholz A, Finnell R, Le Guen C. Management issues for women with epilepsy-Focus on pregnancy (an evidence-based review): I. Obstetrical complications and change in seizure frequency: Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee and Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society. Epilepsia 2009 May;50(5):1229-1236. PMID:19496807

Hopp JL, Anderson KE, Krumholz A, Gruber-Baldini AL, Shulman L. Psychogenic Seizures and Psychogenic Movement Disorders: Are They the Same Patients? Epilepsy and Behavior 2012;25:666-669. PMID: 23168090

Cohen M, Testa M, Pritchard J, Zhu, J, Hopp JL.  Overlap between dissociation and other psychological characteristics in patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures.  Epilepsy and Behavior, 2014 Mar 25:34C:47-49. PMID: 24681385

Lee JW, LaRoche S, Choi H, Rodriguez Ruiz AA, Fertig E, Politsky J, Herman S,Loddenkemper T, Sansevere A, Korb PJ, Abend N, Goldstein JL, Sinha SR, Dombrowski KE, Ritzl EK, Westover BM, Gavvala J, Schmitt S, Szaflarski JP, Ding K, Haas KF, Buchsbaum R, Hirsch LJ, Wusthoff CJ, Hopp JL, Hahn CD. J Clin Neurophys 2016 Apr 1;33(2):133-40.

Krumholz A, Hopp JL, Sanchez AM. Counseling epilepsy patients on driving and employment. Neurologic clinics. 2016 May 31;34(2):427-42.