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Barbara Tenney

By Barbara Tenney and Kelsey Duinkerken


Dr. Tenney knew from a very young age she wanted to become a pediatrician and first discovered her love of interacting with patients as a candy striper. After graduating from Wilson College she attended Jefferson Medical College, graduating in 1971. She then completed her fellowship and residency at New York University - Bellevue Hospital Center, where she helped establish a child abuse team. She left NYU and Bellevue Hospital Center for West Virginia for three years before rejoining the NYU faculty and becoming the Director of Pediatrics at Booth Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Tenney eventually joined a group practice in North Carolina before becoming part of the faculty at East Carolina University. She most recently worked in Pennsylvania before retiring. Throughout the years Dr. Tenney has been a member of numerous professional societies, most notably the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she was the National Chairperson of the Provisional Committee on Opportunities for Women in Pediatrics and of which she is a Fellow. Dr. Tenney is also Chair of Wilson College’s Board of Trustees.

Topics: Jefferson Medical College, alumni, women, oral histories, medicine, pediatrics, NYU, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Oral History
Publisher: Jefferson Digital Commons
Year: 2015
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