Sarah Hopkins, MD, MSPH

Sarah Hopkins, MD, MSPH

Sarah Hopkins, MD, MSPH, is a pediatric neurologist and Section Head for Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammatory Disorders at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Demyelinating diseases, Multiple sclerosis
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Brandywine Valley
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR


Pediatrics - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH


Child Neurology - Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Board Certification

Child Neurology

Graduate Degree

MSPH in Epidemiology - Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Section Head, MS and Neuroinflammatory Disorders

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services




Campbell IM, Sheppard SE, Crowley TB, McGinn DE, Bailey A, McGinn MJ, Unolt M, Homans JF, Chen EY, Salmons HI, Gaynor JW, Goldmuntz E, Jackson OA2, Katz LE, Mascarenhas MR, Deeney VFX, Castelein RM, Zur KB, Elden L, Kallish S, Kolon TF, Hopkins SE, Chadehumbe MA, Lambert MP, Forbes BJ, Moldenhauer JS, Schindewolf EM1, Solot CB, Moss EM, Gur RE, Sullivan KE, Emanuel BS, Zackai EH, McDonald-McGinn DM. What is new with 22q? An update from the 22q and You Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Am J Med Genet A. 2018 Oct;176(10):2058-2069. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.40637.

Morlet T, Nagao K, Bean SC, Mora SE, Hopkins SE, Hobson GM. Auditory function in Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease. J Neurol. 2018 May 3. doi: 10.1007/s00415-018-8884-x. [Epub ahead of print]

Johannesen KM, Gardella E, Linnankivi T, Courage C, de Saint Martin A, Lehesjoki AE, Mignot C, Afenjar A, Lesca G, Abi-Warde MT, Chelly J, Piton A, Merritt JL 2nd, Rodan LH, Tan WH, Bird LM, Nespeca M, Gleeson JG, Yoo Y, Choi M, Chae JH, Czapansky-Beilman D, Reichert SC, Pendziwiat M, Verhoeven JS, Schelhaas HJ, Devinsky O, Christensen J, Specchio N, Trivisano M, Weber YG, Nava C, Keren B, Doummar D, Schaefer E, Hopkins S, Dubbs H, Shaw JE, Pisani L, Myers CT, Tang S, Tang S, Pal DK, Millichap JJ, Carvill GL, Helbig KL, Mecarelli O, Striano P, Helbig I, Rubboli G, Mefford HC, Møller RS. Defining the phenotypic spectrum of SLC6A1 mutations. Epilepsia. 2018 Feb;59(2):389-402. doi: 10.1111/epi.13986. Epub 2018 Jan 8.


Hopkins SE. Acute Flaccid Myelitis: Etiologic Challenges, Diagnostic and Management Considerations. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2017 Nov 28;19(12):48. doi: 10.1007/s11940-017-0480-3.

Kessler RA, Mealy MA, Jimenez-Arango JA, Quan C, Paul F, López R, Hopkins S, Levy M.: Anti-aquaporin-4 titer is not predictive of disease course in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder: A multicenter cohort study. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders 17: 198-201, October 2017.


Narula S, Hopkins SE, Banwell B. Treatment of pediatric multiple sclerosis. Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2015 Mar;17(3):336. doi: 10.1007/s11940-014-0336-z.


Sweeney M, Rubin J, Hopkins SE. Neurogenic pulmonary edema in pediatric multiple sclerosis: patient report and summary of cases. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Sep;51(3):426-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2014.04.023. Epub 2014 Apr 29. 


Tillema JM, Hopkins SE, Rodriguez M, Leach JL: Imaging of Multiple Sclerosis and related acquired demyelinating disorders in childhood. Journal of Pediatric Neuroradiology 2 (2013): 57–72, 2013.

Mascarell PE, Maggi, R, Hopkins SE, et al.: Bartonella henselae infection in a family experiencing neurological and neurocognitive abnormalities following woodlouse hunter spider bites. Parasites and Vectors 2013.


Hopkins SE, Somoza A, Gilbert DL. Rare autosomal dominant POLG1 mutation in a family with metabolic strokes, posterior column spinal degeneration, and multi-endocrine disease. J Child Neurol. 2010 Jun;25(6):752-6. doi: 10.1177/0883073809343313. Epub 2009 Oct 8.


Robbins JM, Hopkins SE, Mosley BS, Casey PH, Cleves MA, Hobbs CA. Awareness and use of folic acid among women in the lower Mississippi Delta. J Rural Health. 2006 Summer;22(3):196-203.


Hobbs CA, Hopkins SE, Simmons CJ. Sources of variability in birth defects prevalence rates. Teratology. 2001;64 Suppl 1:S8-S13.

Anand KJ, Hopkins SE, Wright JA, Ricketts RR, Flanders WD. Statistical models to predict the need for postoperative intensive care and hospitalization in pediatric surgical patients. Intensive Care Med. 2001 May;27(5):873-83.


Hobbs CA, Sherman SL, Yi P, Hopkins SE, Torfs CP, Hine RJ, Pogribna M, Rozen R, James SJ. Polymorphisms in genes involved in folate metabolism as maternal risk factors for Down syndrome. Am J Hum Genet. 2000 Sep;67(3):623-30. Epub 2000 Aug 7.