Gihan Tennekoon, MBBS, MRCS, LCRP

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



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.





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.

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.