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Samuel J. McKenna MD, DDS

Chair, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

About Samuel J. McKenna

Areas of Expertise

  • Dental Implant Reconstruction
  • Facial Trauma
  • Facial and Jaw Reconstruction
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Skeletal Facial Deformities/Orthognathic Surgery


Vanderbilt Oral Health
2111 Belcourt Avenue, Suite 201
Nashville, TN 37212


  • English


  • Doctor of Dental Surgery - University of California Los Angeles, 1980
  • Doctor of Medicine - Vanderbilt University, 1983
  • Internship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1984
  • Residency - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1985

Board Certifications

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

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Patient Comments

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May 18, 2024
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Dr. McKenna was excellent. Listened, processed, discussed, recommended all the things I needed for this visit
May 3, 2024
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Definitely my favorite oral surgeon. Y'all actually care about me and what's best for me.
March 4, 2024
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Dr. McKenna and his resident were outstanding. They took their time to listen to all aspects of my concerns and did a thorough examination.
March 1, 2024
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Dr McKenna and his staff are amazing! I would recommend him to everyone.
February 16, 2024
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I already knew what I was walking into as far as how my visit would go based on my circumstances
February 7, 2024
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Dr. McKenna was honestly one of the best physician experiences I've had, and not just at Vanderbilt. He came in, showed interest in my problem, listened to my complaints and questions patiently, provided thorough explanations of my symptoms and the treatment options, made recommendations, and acted in a manner that seemed like he had nowhere else to be except in that room with me. I did not feel rushed in any way or like he was trying to get to his next patient. Although my issue is not necessarily easily solvable, unfortunately, I could not have been more pleased with my appointment and time with Dr. McKenna! Can we somehow get him to be my primary care doctor? ;)
January 18, 2024
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He was very professional!
January 12, 2024
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Dr. McKenna is EXCELLENT
January 8, 2024
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