Gihan Tennekoon, MBBS, MRCS, LCRP

Gihan Tennekoon, MBBS, MRCS, LCRP, is an attending neurologist at CHOP and a professor of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Areas of Expertise: Degenerative disease of the nervous system, Neuromuscular disease
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, King of Prussia, S. Goddard Blvd.
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MBBS - University of London, London, England


    Internal Medicine - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

    Board Certification


    Undergraduate Degree

    MRCS and LCRP - College of Physicians and Surgeons

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Physician

    Professor of Neurology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    Stem cell biology
    Biology of myelin forming cells

  • Publications




    Bromberg, M and Tennekoon, G: "Motor Neuron Disease (ALS)," Ed. E. Bitar, Principles of Medical Biology. Jai Press Inc. (In press). 2001.


    Gould, RJ, Jessen, KR, Mirsky, R and Tennekoon, G: "The cell of Schwann,". Martenson, RE (eds.), Myelin: Biology & Chemistry. New York: CRC Press, 1992, pp. 123-171.


    Tennekoon, G: "Research approaches to preparing permanent Schwann cell lines," McKhann, G. (eds.), New Issues in Neuroscience. 1990, vol. 11, pp. 23-27.


    Peden, K, Hurko, O, and Tennekoon, G: "Establishment of cell lines from primary cultures by transfection with SV40 large T antigen gene in model systems,". Shahar, A and Goldberg AM (eds.), Neurotoxicology: Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing. New York: Alan R. Liss, Inc., 1987, pp. 101-109.


    Pierson TM, Torres PA, Zeng BJ, Glanzman AM, Adams D, Finkel RS, Mahuran DJ,
    Pastores GM, Tennekoon GI, Kolodny EH. Juvenile-onset motor neuron disease caused
    by novel mutations in β-hexosaminidase. Mol Genet Metab. 2013 Jan;108(1):65-9.
    doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2012.10.023. Epub 2012 Nov 2. PubMed PMID: 23158871; PubMed
    Central PMCID: PMC3601980.


  • Editorial and Academic Positions


    Editorial Board of J. Neuroscience Research.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

    Academic Committees

    2001 -   Association of University Professors in Neurology

    2000 -   Committee of Appointments and Promotions. Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania

    1999 -   Residency Selection Committee, Department Neurology, Univ. of Pennsylvania

    1997 -   Congressional Liaison Committee, Am Soc Cell Biol.