Patrick McKenna

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Patrick McKenna
BornMay 17, 1956
New York
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🏫 EducationGeorge Washington University Medical School
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1982-present

Patrick Hayes McKenna, MD, is an American pediatric urologist based in Madison, Wisconsin.


Upon completing Archbishop Stepinac High School, McKenna was accepted into George Washington University where he majored in Biology. During his time at George Washington University, he served as Chairman of the National Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Youth Council, Vice president of his Fraternity Delta Tau Delta, student member of the faculty senate, and rowed on Varsity Crew.

After completing college, McKenna was accepted into George Washington University Medical School. He accepted a Navy Scholarship in 1978 and chose to do his Navy internship at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He completed his five-year residency and was stationed at The Guam Naval Hospital. While in Guam, he partnered with CAPT Vinny McDarby, Navy ophthalmologist, and wrote a white paper that was published in the Navy Times outlining the punitive nature of the Navy QI system. Later, he obtained a pediatric urology fellowship position at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

McKenna has published over 100 articles, chapters in his career. After completing his fellowship in Toronto, he returned to Portsmouth Naval Hospital in the residency training staff where he established the first pediatric urology program. After five years at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, McKenna left the Navy for a position at the University of Connecticut. He remained in the naval reserves and completed a total of 24 years of Naval service retiring as a Navy Captain.

After six years in Connecticut, McKenna was recruited to Chair the Division of Urology at Southern Illinois University Medical School (SIU). During his 12 years at SIU, he built a Urology program that included all Urologic specialties. He was recruited from SIU to The University of Wisconsin (UW) to serve as the Chief of Division of Pediatric Urology. At UW, he developed a biofeedback program that helped children with incontinence.[1][2] In 2014, he found that mean litigation length was 3.4 years in states with apology laws compared with 5.6 years in states without such laws.[3] In 2018, McKenna stepped down from the position of Chief of Division of Pediatric Urology when U.S. News & World Report withdrew UW Health's pediatric urology ranking after the hospital acknowledged treating fewer patients than it reported.[4]

After leaving UW, he joined Mercy Health to develop a pediatric urology program focused on complex reconstruction, incontinence and antenatally-detected urologic problems.


McKenna was born in Lake Placid, New York on May 17, 1956 to Mary Rita Madden McKenna and John Joseph McKenna. He attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains and was a youth leader in the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was certified as an EMT and was a founding member of the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service.

McKenna married Linda Siebert McKenna and together have three daughters, Katherine Eleanor Kottwitz, Mary Rita McKenna and Caroline Emma McKenna.


  • 1987: Navy Achievement
  • 1991: Navy Commendation
  • 1995: Meritorious Service Award
  • 2014: AUA Distinguished Service Award[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • McKenna PH, Khoury AE, McLorie GA, Reid G, Churchill BM. A surgical model for normotensive chronic renal failure in the growing piglet. J Urol 1992; 148(2 Pt 2):756-759.
  • Habib F, McLorie GA, McKenna PH, Khoury AE, Churchill BM. Effectiveness of preoperative chemotherapy in treatment of Wilms’ tumor with vena caval and intracardiac extension. J Urol 1993; 150(3):933-935.
  • McKenna PH, Khoury AE, McLorie GA, Churchill BM, Babyn PB, Wedge JH. Iliac osteotomy: model to compare options in bladder and cloacal exstrophy reconstruction. J Urol 1994; 151(1):182-6, discussion 186-7.
  • McKenna PH, Herndon CDA. Voiding dysfunction associated with incontinence, vesicoureteral reflux and recurrent urinary tract infections. Current Opinion in Urology. 2000, 10:599-606.
  • Chase J, Austin P, Hoebeke P, McKenna PH. International children's continence society: The management of dysfunctional voiding in children: a report from the standardization committee of the international children's continence society, Journal of Urology, April 2010; 183(4): 1296-1302.


  1. Fauber, John. "UW biofeedback program helps children with incontinence". JS Online. JS Online. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  2. Seely, Ron. "New therapy for incontinence pioneered by Madison doctor". Wisconsin State Journal. Capital Newspaper Inc. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  3. Charnow, Jody. "Apology Laws Found to Speed Up Malpractice Litigation". Renal and Urology News. Renal and Urology News. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. David, Wahlberg. "U.S. News withdraws UW Health's pediatric urology ranking". Wisconsin State Journal. Capital Newspapers Inc. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  5. "The American Urological Association Announces 2014 Annual Award Winners Awards Recognize Top Urologists, Honor Service to Specialty and Society". American Urological Association. American Urological Association. Retrieved 12 February 2014.

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