Sam McKenna, DDS, MD

Professor and Chair of Oral & Maxillofacial 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 chair of the department.

His clinical interests include both vital and routine services:

  • Dental Implant Reconstruction
  • Facial and Jaw Reconstruction
  • Facial Trauma
  • Skeletal Facial Deformities
  • 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


  • 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

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

Phone: (615) 343-9404


Research Information

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.