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Vanderbilt Oral Surgery Clinic
Suite 3701
The Vanderbilt Clinic
1301 Medical Center Drive,
Nashville, TN 37232-5790
Clinic: (615) 322-2377

Administrative Office
T-4323A Medical Center North
1161 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232-2596
Office: (615) 343-9404

Sam McKenna, DDS, MD

Chairman, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, VUMC
Professor of Surgery, 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. His clinical interests include both vital and routine services:

  • Dental Implant Reconstruction
  • Facial and Jaw Reconstruction
  • Facial Trauma
  • Skeletal Facial Deformities
  • Total TM Joint Replacement
  • Facial Trauma and Post-Traumatic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Dental Implants
  • Cysts and Tumors of the Jaws
  • Secondary Repair of Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Routine Oral Surgical Services, Including 3rd Molars (Wisdom Teeth) and Other Dental Extractions

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.


  • D.D.S. Degree: University of California School of Dentistry - Los Angeles, 1980
  • M.D. Degree: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1983

Board Certifications

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Certified 1987

Postgraduate Training
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Click here for a PDF of Dr. McKenna's curriculum vitae.

For referral to Dr. McKenna have your physician contact us:

Phone: (615) 343-9404
Fax: (615) 343-9397

To make an appointment or talk to a nurse: (615) 322-2377