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Jeffrey R. Tenney, MD, PhD

  • Pediatric Epileptologist, Division of Neurology
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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).

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Responsive neurostimulation device therapy in pediatric patients with complex medically refractory epilepsy. Hartnett, SM; Greiner, HM; Arya, R; Tenney, JR; Aungaroon, G; Holland, K; Leach, JL; Air, EL; Skoch, J; Mangano, FT. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 2022; 1-8.

MEG pharmacology: Sedation and optimal MEG acquisition. Fujiwara, H; Olbrecht, V; Tenney, J. Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology. 2022; 138:143-147.

Cross-Frequency Coupling in Childhood Absence Epilepsy. Tenney, JR; Williamson, BJ; Kadis, DS. Brain Connectivity. 2022; 12:489-496.

Improving Detection of Hippocampal Epileptiform Activity Using Magnetoencephalography. Sidler, E; Greiner, H; Mangano, F; Skoch, J; Arya, R; Holland, K; Aungaroon, G; Arthur, T; Fujiwara, H; Horn, P; et al. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2022; 39:240-246.

Beta synchrony for expressive language lateralizes to right hemisphere in development. Sharma, VV; Vannest, J; Greiner, HM; Fujiwara, H; Tenney, JR; Williamson, BJ; Kadis, DS. Scientific Reports. 2021; 11.

Subtraction ictal SPECT co-registered to MRI (SISCOM) patterns in children with temporal lobe epilepsy. Aungaroon, G; Trout, AT; Radhakrishnan, R; Horn, PS; Arya, R; Tenney, JR; Holland, KD; Mangano, FT; Leach, JL; Rozhkov, L; et al. Epilepsy and Behavior. 2021; 121.

Neuromagnetic high frequency spikes are a new and noninvasive biomarker for localization of epileptogenic zones. Xiang, J; Maue, E; Tong, H; Mangano, FT; Greiner, H; Tenney, J. Seizure : the journal of the British Epilepsy Association. 2021; 89:30-37.

Practice Guideline: Use of Quantitative EEG for the Diagnosis of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Report of the Guideline Committee of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. Tenney, JR; Gloss, D; Arya, R; Kaplan, PW; Lesser, R; Sexton, V; Nuwer, M. Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2021; 38:287-292.

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.

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