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Pediatric Epileptologist, Division of Neurology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


My Biography & Research


Jeffrey Tenney, MD, PhD, is an associate 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.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Neurology, Epilepsy, Imaging

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

Youssofzadeh V, Agler W, Tenney JR, Kadis DS. Whole-brain MEG connectivity-based analyses reveals critical hubs in childhood absence epilepsy. Epilepsy Res. 2018;145:102-9.

Tenney JR, Kadis DS, Agler W, et al. Ictal connectivity in childhood absence epilepsy: Associations with outcome. Epilepsia. 2018;59:971-81.

Knox AT, Glauser T, Tenney J, et al. Modeling pathogenesis and treatment response in childhood absence epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2018;59:135-45.

Tenney JR, Glauser T, Altaye M, et al. Longitudinal stability of interictal spikes in benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes. Epilepsia. 2016;57:805-11.

Xiang J, Tenney JR, Korman AM, Leiken K, Rose DF, Harris E, Yuan W, Horn PS, Holland K, Loring DW, Glauser TA. Quantification of interictal neuromagnetic activity in absence epilepsy with accumulated source imaging. Brain Top. 2015;28:904-14.

Tenney JR, Fujiwara H, Horn PS, Rose DF. Comparison of magnetic source estimation to intracranial EEG, resection area, and seizure outcome. Epilepsia. 2014;55:1854-63.

Tenney JR, Fujiwara H, Horn PS, Vannest J, Xiang J, Glauser TA, Rose DF. Low and high frequency oscillations reveal distinct absence seizure networks. Ann Neurol. 2014;76:558-67.

Tenney JR, Rozhkov L, Horn PS, Miles L, Miles M. Cerebral glucose hypometabolism is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction in patients with intractable epilepsy and cortical dysplasia. Epilepsia. 2014;55:1415-22.

Tenney JR, Fujiwara H, Horn PS, Jacobson SE, Glauser TA, Rose DF. Focal corticothalamic sources during generalized absence seizures: A MEG study. Epilepsy Res. 2013;106:113-22.

Tenney JR, Glauser TA. The current state of absence epilepsy: Can we have your attention? Epilepsy Currents. 2013;13:135-40.