Sam McKenna, DDS, MD

Professor and Chair
Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. McKenna has practiced at Vanderbilt for over 3 decades.  He greatly values the opportunity to discuss complex cases with team members in a collaborative setting.  When not in the hospital, he enjoys cycling, rowing and SCUBA diving.

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


  • 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

Fax: (615) 343-9397

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