Dr. Robert McKenna Jr, MD

Dr. Robert McKenna Jr, MD

Thoracic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
66 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Robert McKenna Jr, MD is a thoracic surgery doctor who practices in Santa Monica, CA. He is 66 years old and has been practicing for 40 years.

John Wayne Cancer Institute - Saint John's Health Center/ Gynecologic Oncology Institute

2121 Santa Monica Blvd

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Health Net
  • Medicare

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Lung Cancer
very high
more than 99% of peers
Pulmonary Disease
very high
more than 99% of peers
Lung Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers

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  • Thoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
  • Thoracic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Airway Obstruction
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Chest Wall Tumor
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Empyema
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Paralyzed Diaphragm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Primary Hyperhidrosis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Sweaty Palms
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thymomas
  • Tracheal Strictures
  • Tracheobronchomalacia
  • Zenker's Diverticulum


  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Diaphragmatic Pacing
  • Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS)
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Partial Lobectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Pulmonary Valve Surgery
  • Sympathectomy
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Sympathectomy for Sweaty Palms
  • Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thoracoscopic Pneumonectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Segmentectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Thymectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Tracheal Resection
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Lobectomy
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Thymectomy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Southern Calfornia
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1973
  • Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California
    Medical School | Graduated 1977
  • Stanford University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1978
  • Hospital Good Samaritan
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1987
  • Stanford University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Md Anderson Hospital Tumor Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
    Other Education | Completed 1987

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. McKenna Jr has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Providence Saint John's Health Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
America's 50 Best Hospitals Award

Hospital Quality Award

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Dr. McKenna Jr's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. McKenna Jr to family and friends
based on 25 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. McKenna Jr's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Palm Desert, CA |
There is no doubt that DR McKenna saved my life. He removed the upper lobe of my right lung that was resting on my esophagus after I had had 33 radiation treatments and 6 months of Chemo. No one else would have or had the technical ability to do that. As well he got me in within a week of meeting me and checking my Limp nodes. He may very well be the best lung surgeon in the world. My oncologist that may also be the best in his field was in AH if Dr McKenna's surgical abilities.
in West Hills, CA |
Dr. Robert J. McKenna is absolutely the TOP thoracic surgeon in the world. He is brilliant and very caring to his patients. He truly has his patient's best interest in mind with every decision he makes. He saved my life 9 years ago. I sought out three doctors before learning about Dr. McKenna. I am cancer free and have been for 9 years. You owe it to yourself to consult with him.
in Beverly Hills, CA |
Dr. McKenna is a wonderful doctor. As a patient of Memorial Sloan Kettering for many years I was blessed to find him here in Ali's Angeles. He is so very kind as is his staff and the level of care and his expertise is the very best. I also want to mention St. John's Hospital as I have never before received such incredible attention, understanding and quality of treatment and follow up. I was very nervous not returning to MSKCC and I have found the same level of excellwnce here. Thank you.
Dr. McKenna performed what should have been a simple operation. I had one nodule in my lung and it should have been a simple operation to remove it. Instead he screwed it up so badly that I now have multiple nodules where he dropped debris during the operation and he didn't even remove all of the original nodule, so that it has come back too. As a result it is unlikely that I will live very long. There is no further treatment available as a result of Dr. McKenna's ineptitude.
in Woodland Hills |
Dr. McKenna is kind, personable and an excellent doctor. I recommend him highly.
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Dr. McKenna Jr accepts 5 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross
    Anthem Blue Cross of California EPO
    Anthem Blue Cross PPO
    Prudent Buyer PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card
  • Health Net
    Health Net PPO
    Individual and Family PPO
  • Medicare
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Hospitals where Dr. McKenna Jr has admitting privileges

Providence Saint John's Health Center
2121 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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