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Department of

Neuroscience Graduate Program

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Laura Ngwenya, MD, PhD

Clinical Interest


Research Interests

Dr. Ngwenya has a clinical and research interest in Neurotrauma, including traumatic brain injury and spine injury. In addition to neurotrauma, she treats patients with general neurosurgical disorders including degenerative spine disease, brain and spine tumors, adult hydrocephalus, and peripheral nerve disorders.


Neurological Surgery

  • Bachelor's Degree: Rutgers University
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Boston University
  • Medical Degree: Boston University
  • Neurological Surgery Residency: The Ohio State University
  • Neurotrauma and Neurocritical Care Fellowship: University of California San Francisco
Board Certifications & Licenses
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery 11/02/2019
Contact Information
  • Medical Sciences Building
  • 231 Albert Sabin Way
  • Room 5251
  • Cincinnati, Ohio 45267
  • Office 513-558-0434
  • Email

Peer Reviewed Publications

Foreman, Brandon; Ngwenya, Laura B; Stoddard, Erica; Hinzman, Jason M; Andaluz, Norberto; Hartings, Jed A 2018. Safety and Reliability of Bedside, Single Burr Hole Technique for Intracranial Multimodality Monitoring in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Neurocritical care, ,

Hartings, Jed A; Ngwenya, Laura B; Carroll, Christopher P; Foreman, Brandon 2018. Letter to the Editor. Ketamine sedation for the suppression of spreading depolarizations. Journal of neurosurgery, , 1-2

Hartings, Jed A; Ngwenya, Laura B; Watanabe, Tomas; Foreman, Brandon 2018. Commentary: Detecting Cortical Spreading Depolarization with Full Band Scalp Electroencephalography: An Illusion? Frontiers in systems neuroscience, 12 , 19

McGuire, Jennifer L; DePasquale, Erica A K; Watanabe, Miki; Anwar, Fatima; Ngwenya, Laura B; Atluri, Gowtham; Romick-Rosendale, Lindsey E; McCullumsmith, Robert E; Evanson, Nathan K 2018. Chronic Dysregulation of Cortical and Subcortical Metabolism After Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury. Molecular neurobiology, ,

Ngwenya, Laura B; Gardner, Raquel C; Yue, John K; Burke, John F; Ferguson, Adam R; Huang, Michael C; Winkler, Ethan A; Pirracchio, Romain; Satris, Gabriela G; Yuh, Esther L; Mukherjee, Pratik; Valadka, Alex B; Okonkwo, David O; Manley, Geoffrey T 2018. Concordance of common data elements for assessment of subjective cognitive complaints after mild-traumatic brain injury: a TRACK-TBI Pilot Study. Brain injury, 32 9, 1071-1078

Ngwenya, Laura B; Mazumder, Sarmistha; Porter, Zachary R; Minnema, Amy; Oswald, Duane J; Farhadi, H Francis 2018. Implantation of Neuronal Stem Cells Enhances Object Recognition without Increasing Neurogenesis after Lateral Fluid Percussion Injury in Mice. Stem cells international, 2018 , 4209821

Estrada, Larissa I; Robinson, Amy A; Amaral, Ana C; Giannaris, Eustathia L; Heyworth, Nadine C; Mortazavi, Farzad; Ngwenya, Laura B; Roberts, Debra E; Cabral, Howard J; Killiany, Ronald J; Rosene, Douglas L 2017. Evaluation of Long-Term Cryostorage of Brain Tissue Sections for Quantitative Histochemistry. The journal of histochemistry and cytochemistry : official journal of the Histochemistry Society, 65 3, 153-171

Martin, Grace E; Carroll, Christopher P; Plummer, Zach J; Millar, D A; Pritts, Timothy A; Makley, Amy T; Joseph, Bellal A; Ngwenya, Laura B; Goodman, Michael D 2017. Safety and Efficacy of Brain Injury Guidelines at a Level III Trauma Center. The journal of trauma and acute care surgery, ,

Ngwenya, Laura B; Suen, Catherine G; Tarapore, Phiroz E; Manley, Geoffrey T; Huang, Michael C 2017. Safety and cost efficiency of a restrictive transfusion protocol in patients with traumatic brain injury. Journal of neurosurgery, , 1-8

Yue, John K; Burke, John F; Upadhyayula, Pavan S; Winkler, Ethan A; Deng, Hansen; Robinson, Caitlin K; Pirracchio, Romain; Suen, Catherine G; Sharma, Sourabh; Ferguson, Adam R; Ngwenya, Laura B; Stein, Murray B; Manley, Geoffrey T; Tarapore, Phiroz E 2017. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors for Treating Neurocognitive and Neuropsychiatric Disorders Following Traumatic Brain Injury: An Evaluation of Current Evidence. Brain sciences, 7 8,

Yue, John K; Ngwenya, Laura B; Upadhyayula, Pavan S; Deng, Hansen; Winkler, Ethan A; Burke, John F; Lee, Young M; Robinson, Caitlin K; Ferguson, Adam R; Lingsma, Hester F; Cnossen, Maryse C; Pirracchio, Romain; Korley, Frederick K; Vassar, Mary J; Yuh, Esther L; Mukherjee, Pratik; Gordon, Wayne A; Valadka, Alex B; Okonkwo, David O; Manley, Geoffrey T 2017. Emergency department blood alcohol level associates with injury factors and six-month outcome after uncomplicated mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, ,

Burke, John Frederick; Yue, John K; Ngwenya, Laura Benjamin; Winkler, Ethan A; Talbott, Jason; Pan, Jonathan; Ferguson, Adam; Beattie, Michael; Bresnahan, Jacqueline; Haefeli, Jenny; Whetstone, William; Suen, Catherine; Huang, Michael C; Manley, Geoffrey T; Tarapore, Phiroz E; Dhall, Sanjay S 2016. 182?Ultra-Early (<12 Hours) Decompression Improves Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury Compared to Early (12-24 Hours) Decompression. Neurosurgery, 63 Suppl 1 , 172

Ngwenya, Laura B; Burke, John F; Manley, Geoffrey T 2016. Brain Tissue Oxygen Monitoring and the Intersection of Brain and Lung: A Comprehensive Review. Respiratory care, 61 9, 1232-44

Ngwenya, Laura B; Prevedello, Luciano M; Youssef, Patrick P 2016. Concomitant epidural and subdural spinal abscess: a case report. The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society, 16 4, e275-82

Ngwenya, Laura B; Heyworth, Nadine C; Shwe, Yamin; Moore, Tara L; Rosene, Douglas L 2015. Age-related changes in dentate gyrus cell numbers, neurogenesis, and associations with cognitive impairments in the rhesus monkey. Frontiers in systems neuroscience, 9 , 102

Ngwenya, Laura B; Chiocca, E Antonio 2013. Editorial: postoperative ischemia. Journal of neurosurgery, 118 4, 799-800; discussion

Ngwenya, Laura B; Chiocca, E Antonio 2012. Editorial: meningioma and radiotherapy. Journal of neurosurgery, 117 4, 666-8

Ngwenya, Laura B; Chiocca, E Antonio 2011. Extent of resection. Journal of neurosurgery, 115 1, 1-2; discussion 2

Ngwenya, Laura B; Rosene, Douglas L; Peters, Alan 2008. An ultrastructural characterization of the newly generated cells in the adult monkey dentate gyrus. Hippocampus, 18 2, 210-20

Ngwenya, Laura B; Peters, Alan; Rosene, Douglas L 2006. Maturational sequence of newly generated neurons in the dentate gyrus of the young adult rhesus monkey. The Journal of comparative neurology, 498 2, 204-16

Ngwenya, Laura B; Peters, Alan; Rosene, Douglas L 2005. Light and electron microscopic immunohistochemical detection of bromodeoxyuridine-labeled cells in the brain: different fixation and processing protocols. The journal of histochemistry and cytochemistry : official journal of the Histochemistry Society, 53 7, 821-32

Ngwenya, Laura B; Chiocca, E Antonio . Do meningioma patients benefit from antiepileptic drug treatment? World neurosurgery, 79 3-4, 433-4

Ngwenya, Laura B; Chiocca, E Antonio . Treatment for paragangliomas: passing the test of time. World neurosurgery, 77 5-6, 639-41