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Laura Ngwenya, MD, PhD

Asst Professor - Clin

COM Neurosurgery Ngwenya Lab

  • 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 (Certification Date: 11/02/2019)

Clinical Interest



Neurological Surgery

Research Interests

Neurotrauma, Traumatic brain injury, Spinal injury, General Neurosurgery

Dr. Ngwenya has a research interest in traumatic brain injury. Her clinical research involves identifying subsets of traumatic brain injured patients for ...

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