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Frances E. Jensen, MD, FACP

Frances E. Jensen, MD, FACP Physician

Chair, Department of Neurology Professor of Neurology

Dr. Jensen is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Neurology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurology, 1988

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abnormal Reflexes
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Arm Weakness
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Ataxia
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Cerebellar Disease
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebrovascular Accident
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT)
  • CNS Vasculitis
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Concussion
  • Cranial Nerve Injuries
  • Encephalopathies
  • Epilepsy
  • Facial Droop
  • Facial Nerve Pain (Neuralgia)
  • Facial Pain
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
  • Headache
  • Leg Weakness
  • Lip Droop
  • Lobar Atrophy of Brain
  • Medication Overuse Headache
  • Memory Disorders
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
  • Myelitis
  • Nerve Root Pain
  • Nervous System Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Neuropathy
  • Nonruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Paraplegia
  • Paresthesia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Periventricular Leukomalacia
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Primary Cerebellar Degeneration
  • Primary Progressive Aphasia
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Quadriplegia
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Spinocerebellar Degeneration
  • Spinocerebellar Diseases
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Tetraplegia
  • Tinnitus
  • Torticollis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disorders
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia (Tic Douloureux)
  • Unsteady Gait
  • Vertigo
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Boston

Memberships

American Academy of Neurology, National American Epilepsy Society, National American Neurological Association, National American Pediatric Society, National Boston Society for Psychiatry and Neurology, National Child Neurology Society, National Citizens United for Research on Epilepsy (CURE), National Epilepsy Phenome Genome Project, NINDS, National Federal Drug Administration, National Fellow, American College of Physicians, National International League Against Epilepsy, International Israel Science Foundation, International Massachusetts Medical Society, National Member, College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA, Local Member, Friends Committee, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia PA, Local Member, John Morgan Medical Society, Local Member, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Local Member, Roxbury Medical Improvement Society, Local National Academy of Medicine, IOM, National National Institutes of Health, National National Science Foundation, National Roche, Inc, National Society for Neuroscience, International Stroke Council, American Heart Association, National The Franklin Institute, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Jensen is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:


Dr. Jensen is Professor of Neurology and Chairman of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Co-Director of Penn Translational Neuroscience Center. She was formerly Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Director of Translational Neuroscience and senior neurologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a graduate of Cornell Medical College and obtained her neurology residency training at the Harvard Longwood Neurology Residency Program. Her research focuses on mechanisms of epilepsy and stroke, and the mechanistic interaction of epilepsy with other disorders such as autism and dementia, with specific emphasis on elucidating new therapies for clinical trials development. She received a 2007 Director’s Pioneer Award from the NIH to explore the interaction between epileptogenesis and cognitive dysfunction, and elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. Dr. Jensen was President of the American Epilepsy Society in 2012 and has served on a number of other leadership boards including the Council for the Society for Neuroscience and the Council at NICHD. She currently serves on the Board of the American Neurological Association, the scientific advisory panel at NIH for the BRAIN Initiative, and on a number of charitable foundations for neuroscience research. She has authored over 150 manuscripts on subjects related to her research and has been continuously funded by NIH since 1987. Dr. Jensen has trained numerous clinical and basic research fellows who now hold independent faculty positions nationally and internationally. Dr. Jensen is a Trustee of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and is involved in community outreach for brain research and education. In addition, Dr. Jensen is an advocate for awareness of the adolescent brain development, its unique strengths and vulnerabilities, as well as their impact on medical, social, and educational issues unique to teenagers and young adults, and author of the book “The Teenage Brain”, released by Harper Collins in 2015/16, translated and published in over 25 languages worldwide.

Selected Publications:

Jantzie Lauren L, Talos Delia M, Jackson Michele C, Park Hyun-Kyung, Graham Dionne A, Lechpammer Mirna, Folkerth Rebecca D, Volpe Joseph J, Jensen Frances E: Developmental Expression of N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) Receptor Subunits in Human White and Gray Matter: Potential Mechanism of Increased Vulnerability in the Immature Brain. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) : 2013.

Engel J Jr, Pitkänen A, Loeb JA, Edward Dudek F, Bertram EH 3rd, Cole AJ, Moshé SL, Wiebe S, Jensen FE, Mody I, Nehlig A, Vezzani A.: Epilepsy Biomarkers Epilepsia : 2013.

Pitkänen Asla, Nehlig Astrid, Brooks-Kayal Amy R, Dudek F Edward, Friedman Daniel, Galanopoulou Aristea S, Jensen Frances E, Kaminski Rafal M, Kapur Jaideep, Klitgaard Henrik, Löscher Wolfgang, Mody Istvan, Schmidt Dieter: Issues related to development of antiepileptogenic therapies. Epilepsia 54 Suppl 4 : 35-43,2013.

Brooks-Kayal Amy R, Bath Kevin G, Berg Anne T, Galanopoulou Aristea S, Holmes Gregory L, Jensen Frances E, Kanner Andres M, O'Brien Terence J, Whittemore Vicky H, Winawer Melodie R, Patel Manisha, Scharfman Helen E: Issues related to symptomatic and disease-modifying treatments affecting cognitive and neuropsychiatric comorbidities of epilepsy. Epilepsia 54 Suppl 4 : 44-60,2013.

Wintermark Pia, Lechpammer Mirna, Warfield Simon K, Kosaras Bela, Takeoka Masanori, Poduri Annapurna, Madsen Joseph R, Bergin Ann M, Whalen Stephen, Jensen Frances E: Perfusion Imaging of Focal Cortical Dysplasia Using Arterial Spin Labeling: Correlation With Histopathological Vascular Density. Journal of child neurology : 2013.

Ryan T. Cleary, Hongyu Sun, Thanhthao Huynh, Simon M. Manning, Yijun Li, Alexander Rotenberg, Delia M. Talos, Kristopher T. Kahle, Michele Jackson, Sanjay N. Rakhade, Gerard Berry, Frances E. Jensen: Bumetanide Enhances Phenobarbital Efficacy in a Rat Model of Hypoxic Neonatal Seizures PLOS ONE : 10.1371/journal.pone.0057148,2013.

Jacobs Margaret, Jensen Frances E: Introduction to institute of medicine report: epilepsy across the spectrum: promoting health and understanding. Epilepsy currents / American Epilepsy Society 12 (6): 243-4,2012.

Kowbow K, Auvin S, Jensen F, Loscher W, Mody I, Potschka H, Prince D, Sierra A, Simonato M, Pitkanen A, Nehlig A, Rho JM: Finding a better drug for epilepsy: Antiepileptogenesis Targets Epilepsia : 2012.

Zhou C, Lippman Bell JJ, Sun H, Jensen FE: Learning Through Silence: Amping up Cognition After Neonatal Hypoxic Seizures Through AMPA Receptor Inhibition Journal of Neuroscience : 2012.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
3 West Gates Building
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3360
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)