A photo of Jeffrey R. Tenney.

Pediatric Epileptologist, Division of Neurology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


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 am the current President of 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

Clinical Divisions

Neurology, Epilepsy

Research Divisions


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

Delineation of epileptogenic zones with high frequency magnetic source imaging based on kurtosis and skewness. Xiang, J; Maue, E; Fujiwara, H; Mangano, FT; Greiner, H; Tenney, J. Epilepsy Research. 2021; 172.

Epilepsy-Work-Up and Management in Children. Tenney, JR. Seminars in Neurology. 2020; 40:638-646.

The Value of Source Localization for Clinical Magnetoencephalography: Beyond the Equivalent Current Dipole. Tenney, JR; Fujiwara, H; Rose, DF. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2020; 37:537-544.

The 10 Common Evidence-Supported Indications for MEG in Epilepsy Surgery: An Illustrated Compendium. Bagic, AI; Funke, ME; Kirsch, HE; Tenney, JR; Zillgitt, AJ; Burgess, RC. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2020; 37:483-497.

Reading in children with drug-resistant epilepsy was related to functional connectivity in cognitive control regions. Kraus, D; Vannest, J; Arya, R; Hutton, JS; Leach, JL; Mangano, FT; Tenney, JR; Byars, AW; DeWitt, TG; Horowitz-Kraus, T. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics. 2020; 109:2105-2111.

Cortical and subcortical volume differences between Benign Epilepsy with Centrotemporal Spikes and Childhood Absence Epilepsy. Fujiwara, H; Tenney, J; Kadis, DS; Altaye, M; Spencer, C; Vannest, J. Epilepsy Research. 2020; 166.

Intravenous dexmedetomidine sedation for magnetoencephalography: A retrospective study. Tewari, A; Mahmoud, M; Rose, D; Ding, L; Tenney, J. Paediatric Anaesthesia. 2020; 30:799-805.

Kurtosis and skewness of high-frequency brain signals are altered in paediatric epilepsy. Xiang, J; Maue, E; Fan, Y; Qi, L; Mangano, FT; Greiner, H; Tenney, J. Brain Communications. 2020; 2.

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.