So much of what we have learned has come from Dr. Jerry Tennant, MD. Because I reference him and his work so often, I thought it would be wise to tell you more about him, his background and his contributions to medicine.
Jerry Tennant, MD
Born 1940 in Dodge City, KS.
Graduated Darrouzett, TX High School 1957
Attended Texas Tech University 1957-1960
Attended University of Houston School of Optometry 1958-1959
Graduated with MD from University of TX Southwestern Medical School 1964
Internship Methodist Hospitals of Dallas 1964-65
Basic Science of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School 1965
Residency in Ophthalmology, Parkland Hospitals of Dallas, 1964-1968
Diplomat of American Academy of Ophthalmology
Diplomat of American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
Private Practice of Ophthalmology 1964-1995
Director of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Parkland Hospital 1965-1985
International Lecturer in Ophthalmic Surgery 1978-1995
Co-founder, Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society
Lecturer in Energetic Medicine and SCENAR Therapy 1999-present
Valedictorian High School (graduated at end of junior year) 1957
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society 1959
Dean’s List, Texas Tech University 1959
Pre-med Student of the Year, Texas Tech 1959
SN Intern of the Year 1965
Philip Corboy Award for Distinguished Service to Ophthalmology 1986
American Academy of Ophthalmology Service Award
A Lens for All Seasons
Cataract Surgery, A Primer
Life in the Box
Numerous medical articles
Various patents of medical instruments and other non-medical patents.
As impressive as that CV is, you may miss a lot by casually reading it. It doesn’t directly tell you, for example, that Dr. Tennant pioneered outpatient ophthalmic surgery, lens implantation surgery, and excimer laser surgery. He was told he was crazy every time, and each one of those things is now standard practice. He led the way down paths that were sometimes full of resistance and dismissal.
Dr. Tennant’s Curriculum Vitae doesn’t tell you that he did much of the FDA study to gain approval of the VISX excimer laser used in Lasik surgery And, his CV certainly doesn’t tell you how those cases affected his life. At the time of the FDA trials they did not realize that live viruses were being released from the cornea with each cut – viruses that penetrated their masks. In 1994 Dr. Tennant wound up with viral encephalitis, neuropathies, low platelets (ITP = bleeds easily), and nervous system defects that forced him to retire on Nov. 30, 1995. As he puts it – I could still diagnose you, I just couldn’t remember how to write a prescription.”
He slept 16 hours a day for the next several years, and had about 3 hours a day of being mentally functional. His wife, Marilyn cared for and sustained him through these difficult years, but in the summer of 1999 it looked as if he would certainly die.
About that same time Dr. Tennant had a friend with a lymphoma around her neck. All treatments at M.D. Anderson had failed for Janet. Fighting to survive, she went to Mexico to seek alternative treatments. A physician she met in a restaurant gave her his card and said “Lymphoma is not problem”. She dismissed him and never planned to call him, but after being nearly strangled to death by the lymphoma that night, she decided to give it a try.
Using energetic medicine techniques, Janet’s lymphoma was gone in four days. When she saw Dr. Tennant three weeks later his journey into energetic medicine began, and it was this path that led to his physical restoration. He is a man of such deep intellect, with a pioneering spirit, and a willingness to figure out the “whys” of things when the answers are so non-traditional – we are blessed that he is leading the way for all of us.