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Samuel J McKenna, MD, DDS


Chairman, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

4.7 4.7 237 ratings

Insurance plans accepted

Insurance plans accepted

Areas of Expertise

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dental Implant Reconstruction
Facial and Jaw Reconstruction
Facial Trauma
Skeletal Facial Deformities
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Board Certificates

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


MD - Vanderbilt University, 1983
DDS - University of California Los Angeles, 1980
Residency - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1985
Internship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1984


Vanderbilt Oral Surgery
Vanderbilt Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
1301 Medical Center Drive
Suite 3501A
Nashville, TN 37212

Patient Comments

Patient Comments are gathered from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in full. Patients are not identified in order to respect patient privacy.
I got a very thorough exam & lots of counsel. I really appreciated all of the attention & information I received. Thank you.
Patient | February 7, 2017

Dr. McKenna helped me with the decision on how to handle my dental problem and also got me a dentist there to complete the procedure
Patient | February 6, 2017

Dr Mckenna was friendly, gave a through explanation of my issues, provided alternatives for treatment with the pros and cons of each, and constantly asked during the procedure if I was doing okay or if I needed to take a break. Very caring.
Patient | January 30, 2017

Patient | January 25, 2017

Patient | January 24, 2017

Dr. McKenna is excellent.
Patient | January 9, 2017

Dr. McKenna has been following my son's case for a year or more. We feel very comfortable with him. Only complaint is there is not much follow up with the orthodontist - I have to bring all the info. between the two of them.
Patient | January 3, 2017

Our experience was excellent.
Patient | December 10, 2016

Dr. McKenna was worth the wait! He was the only reason we followed thru with wisdom teeth extraction! He is amazing & kind hearted.
Patient | December 1, 2016

Dr. McKenna is so kind & concerned. He returns calls personally!
Patient | December 1, 2016

My experience all around with Vanderbilt has been very very good. Thank you so much for this. I'm in very good health, but when I have a problem and I need help, I just want to be helped by excellent health professionals. You provide that.
Patient | October 31, 2016

Face to face time with physician is constricted. I understand that he is busy with other patients.
Patient | October 18, 2016

Dr. McKenna is awesome. He changes lives daily.
Patient | August 31, 2016

Dr. McKenna is an excellent dentist. He is articulate, precise, soft-spoken, very knowledgeable, businesslike. But I would not call him exactly 'friendly'.
Patient | August 28, 2016

I thought the team could have done a better job of explaining how the pain meds should be taken. For example, what level of pain should signal that it's time to take medication? Every four hours was far too often for me at least.
Patient | August 8, 2016

I really like dr. mckenna and his staff.
Patient | June 27, 2016

Dr. Mckenna always has been one of the best health providers, he is very professional, patient, and respectful!
Patient | June 20, 2016

My experience could not have been better.
Patient | June 6, 2016

Dr. McKenna is wonderful!
Patient | June 1, 2016

Excellent. He and his staff made me feel confident in my treatment plan.
Patient | May 31, 2016

Couldn't have been better.
Patient | May 27, 2016

This was my first visit with Dr. McKenna and all went as expected
Patient | April 1, 2016

Excellent experience overall with exception of the receptionist at check-in desk.
Patient | April 1, 2016

Even scheduled a last minute follow up visit when I called after hours.
Patient | March 8, 2016

Could not or would not fix my problem.
Patient | March 3, 2016

The only reason I wouldn't recommend this provider is because there are plenty of other oral surgeons around that you won't have to wait 2 hrs (or longer) to see.
Patient | March 1, 2016

I'm complicated and Dr McKenna took a lot of time to answer my very detailed questions/concerns
Patient | February 22, 2016