Jeffrey R. Tenney, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-4222


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Epilepsy; EEG; MEG; Functional MRI


Jeffrey Tenney, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology within the Division of Neurology and Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Cincinnati Children's. He has a joint academic appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Tenney graduated with his BS and MS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. He earned his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship (F30 NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health. He completed his residency in child neurology followed by a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Tenney’s research interests include mapping the onset and spread of generalized seizures and how these patterns may relate to treatment response and clinical outcome. Dr. Tenney has received a “Taking Flight Award” from CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy) to fund this work. Clinically, Dr. Tenney evaluates and manages patients with epilepsy in the New Onset Seizure clinic and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. He also reads electroencephalograms (EEGs) and has a special interest in patients with Childhood Absence Epilepsy (CAE). Dr. Tenney is a member of the American Epilepsy Society, Organization for Human Brain Mapping and Child Neurology Society.

Education and Training

MD/PhD: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, 2006.

Residency: Child Neurology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

Fellowship: Clinical Neurophysiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2011.

Certification: Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology, 2011.


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Seizure Generator Location and Antiepileptic Drug Efficacy. Principal Investigator. CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy) “Taking Flight Award”. Feb 2011-Dec 2012.

Imaging the effect of centrotemporal spikes and seizures on language in children. Collaborator. NINDS. Sep 2011-June 2016.