Jeffrey R. Tenney, MD, PhD

Pediatric Epileptologist, Division of Neurology

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4222


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 within the UC Department of Pediatrics. 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.

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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Tenney JR, Schapiro MB. Child Neurology: hemiconvulsion-hemiplegia-epilepsy syndrome. Neurology (Resident and Fellows Section). 2012;79:e1-e4.

Tenney JR, Hopkin RJ, Schapiro MB. Deletion of 14-3-3 and CRK: A clinical syndrome of macrocephaly, developmental delay, and generalized epilepsy. J Child Neurol. 2010;26:223-7.

Tenney JR, Schapiro MB. Child Neurology: Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. Neurology (Resident and Fellows Section). 2010;74;e57-9.

Tenney JR, Johnson LH. Moyamoya disease in an 8-year-old boy presenting with weakness. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2009;25;336-8.

Chen W, Tenney J, Kulkarni P, King JA. Imaging Unconditioned Fear Response with Manganese Enhanced MRI (MEMRI). NeuroImage. 2007;37:221-9.

Febo M, Segarra AC, Tenney JR, Brevard ME, Duong TQ, Ferris CF. Imaging cocaine induced changes in the mesocorticolimbic dopaminergic system of conscious rats. J Neurosci Methods. 2004;139:167-76. 

Tenney JR, Marshall PC, King JA, Ferris CF. fMRI of generalized absence status epilepticus in conscious marmoset monkeys reveals corticothalamic activation. Epilepsia. 2004;45:1240-7.

Tenney JR, Duong TQ, King JA, Ferris CF. fMRI of brain activation in a genetic rat model of absence seizures. Epilepsia. 2004;45:576-82.

Tenney JR, Duong TQ, King JA, Ferris CF. fMRI of drug-induced and spontaneous absence epilepsy in awake rats. Epilepsia. 2003;44(S9):43.

Tenney JR, Duong TQ, King JA, Ludwig R, Ferris CF. Corticothalamic modulation  during absence seizures: A functional MRI assessment. Epilepsia. 2003;44:1133-1140.

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