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Samuel J.  McKenna

Samuel J. McKenna, D.D.S., M.D.

Professor and Chairman, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


Dr. Samuel J. McKenna completed his medical degree and residency at Vanderbilt and has been contributing since then as a faculty member, former director of the Oral Surgery Residency, and, as of June 2008, as professor and chairman of the department.

Dr. McKenna's research has included areas such as temporomandibular joint surgery, oral manifestation of systemic disease, and virtual surgical planning in the management of skeletal facial deformities. He is an invited lecturer in the dental and medical communities at Vanderbilt and beyond.


The Vanderbilt Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery provides comprehensive services in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of congenital, developmental, and acquired deformities and diseases of the oral cavity, jaws, and facial region.

  • M.D. - Vanderbilt University, 1983
  • D.D.S. - University of California Los Angeles, 1980
  • Residency - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1985
  • Internship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1984
  • McKenna SJ. Discectomy for the treatment of internal derangements of the temporomandibular joint. J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg. 2001 Sep; 59(9): 1051-6. PMID: 11526578, PII: S0278-2391(01)74458-8, DOI: 10.1053/joms.2001.26682, ISSN: 0278-2391.
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  • McKenna SJ. Leukemia. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2000 Feb; 89(2): 137-9. PMID: 10673646, PII: S1079-2104(00)02102-8, DOI: 10.1067/moe.2000.102386, ISSN: 1079-2104.
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  • Bobo ML, McKenna SJ. The current status of percutaneous dilational tracheostomy: an alternative to open tracheostomy. J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg. 1998 May; 56(5): 681-5; discussion 685. PMID: 9590354, PII: S0278-2391(98)90474-8, ISSN: 0278-2391.
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  • McKenna SJ, Cornella F, Gibbs SJ. Long-term follow-up of modified condylotomy for internal derangement of the temporomandibular joint. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 1996 May; 81(5): 509-15. PMID: 8734694, PII: S1079-2104(96)80038-2, ISSN: 1079-2104.
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  • Hall HD, Nickerson JW, McKenna SJ. Modified condylotomy for treatment of the painful temporomandibular joint with a reducing disc. J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg. 1993 Feb; 51(2): 133-42; discussion 143. PMID: 8426252, PII: S0278239193000461, ISSN: 0278-2391.
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  • McKenna SJ, Hall HD. Audiometric assessment of patients with painful TMJ internal derangements: failure of audiometry to change following arthrotomy. J Craniomandib Disord. 1990; 4(2): 109-12. PMID: 2133469, ISSN: 0890-2739.
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  • McKenna SJ, Roddy SC. Delayed management of a mandibular vascular malformation. J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg. 1989 May; 47(5): 517-22. PMID: 2709224, PII: 0278-2391(89)90289-9, ISSN: 0278-2391.
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