A photo of Jeffrey R. Tenney.

Pediatric Epileptologist, Division of Neurology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-636-4222

Board Certified

My Biography & Research

Biography

In my research, I focus on trying to better understand how seizures start and spread in the brain. To accomplish this goal, I use noninvasive neuroimaging technologies and neurophysiology techniques.

My research is a natural extension of my PhD thesis work with rats and monkeys — as a student in a combined MD/PhD program, I was interested in the brain. But I also enjoyed caring for children, and I wanted to shift my research to them. My thesis focused on better understanding brain networks involved in a particular type of pediatric epilepsy. During this work, I met a pediatric neurologist who ultimately influenced me to pursue clinical and research work in pediatric epilepsy.

Now, I specialize in epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG). My current research efforts focus on understanding the brain networks responsible for seizures so clinicians can devise better ways of stopping them. Specifically, I study generalized seizures which researchers typically consider having no focal onset.

My research and clinical work are closely tied. I am the clinical director of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center MEG Center. Clinicians use the center’s services for pre-surgical evaluations of pediatric epilepsy patients. I also evaluate and manage patients with epilepsy in the outpatient epilepsy clinic and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, with a special interest in children diagnosed with childhood absence epilepsy (CAE).

I serve on the board of directors for the American Clinical MEG Society (ACMEGS). I am a member of the American Epilepsy Society, the Organization for Human Brain Mapping and the Child Neurology Society. I also received the Taking Flight Award from Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE).

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Divisions

Neurology, Epilepsy, Imaging



Blog Posts

Common Seizure Triggers in Infants and Children

BlogRare and Complex Conditions

Common Seizure Triggers in Infants and Children

By Jeffrey Tenney, MD, PhD11/5/2019

Understanding Different Seizure Symptoms

BlogRare and Complex Conditions

Understanding Different Seizure Symptoms

By Jeffrey Tenney, MD, PhD9/15/2016

My Locations

My Education

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; Epilepsy, 2013.

My Publications

Intranasal Dexmedetomidine for Sedation During Magnetoencephalography. Tenney, JR; Miller, JW; Rose, DF. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2019; 36:371-374.

Changes in functional organization and functional connectivity during story listening in children with benign childhood epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes. Vannest, J; Maloney, TC; Tenney, JR; Szaflarski, JP; Morita, D; Byars, AW; Altaye, M; Holland, SK; Glauser, TA. Brain and Language. 2019; 193:10-17.

Cortical morphology, epileptiform discharges, and neuropsychological performance in BECTS. Fujiwara, H; Tenney, J; Kadis, DS; Byars, A; Altaye, M; Spencer, C; Glauser, T; Vannest, J. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. 2018; 138:432-440.

Whole-brain MEG connectivity-based analyses reveals critical hubs in childhood absence epilepsy. Youssofzadeh, V; Agler, W; Tenney, JR; Kadis, DS. Epilepsy Research. 2018; 145:102-109.

Impact of radiotracer injection latency and seizure duration on subtraction ictal SPECT co-registered to MRI (SISCOM) performance in children. Aungaroon, G; Trout, A; Radhakrishnan, R; Horn, PS; Arya, R; Tenney, JR; Arthur, TM; Holland, KD; Mangano, FT; Leach, JL; et al. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2018; 129:1842-1848.

Ictal connectivity in childhood absence epilepsy: Associations with outcome. Tenney, JR; Kadis, DS; Agler, W; Rozhkov, L; Altaye, M; Xiang, J; Vannest, J; Glauser, TA. Epilepsia. 2018; 59:971-981.

Modeling pathogenesis and treatment response in childhood absence epilepsy. Knox, AT; Glauser, T; Tenney, J; Lytton, WW; Holland, K. Epilepsia. 2018; 59:135-145.

Functional connectivity of the hippocampus to the thalamocortical circuitry in an animal model of absence seizures. Mousavi, SR; Arcaro, JA; Leung, LS; Tenney, JR; Mirsattari, SM. Epilepsy Research. 2017; 137:19-24.

Language and motor function thresholds during pediatric extra-operative electrical cortical stimulation brain mapping. Vera, AZ; Aungaroon, G; Horn, PS; Byars, AW; Greiner, HM; Tenney, JR; Arthur, TM; Crone, NE; Holland, KD; Mangano, FT; et al. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2017; 128:2087-2093.

After-discharges and seizures during pediatric extra-operative electrical cortical stimulation functional brain mapping: Incidence, thresholds, and determinants. Aungaroon, G; Vera, AZ; Horn, PS; Byars, AW; Greiner, HM; Tenney, JR; Arthur, TM; Crone, NE; Holland, KD; Mangano, FT; et al. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2017; 128:2078-2086.