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Robert McKenna

Robert McKenna, DMSc, MPH, PA-C

B.Sc.: Physician Associate, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

MPH: Health Administration and Policy, Portland State University

DMSc: Medical Education, University of Lynchburg


Dr. McKenna is the Director of Accreditation and an Assistant Professor. He teaches evidence-based medicine, is a Capstone advisor and serves on numerous committees.

He began his medical career as a US Navy Corpsman and later served as a PA in emergency medicine/urgent care prior to a 32-year career in the biopharmaceutical industry as a Medical Science Liaison or Director of Field Medical affairs for Merck & Co., Sanofi Genzyme, and Radius health. Therapeutic areas he was active in include cardio-renal diseases, pain & inflammation, rheumatology, asthma, allergy and immunology, and metabolic bone diseases. He is also the former Internal Medicine Editor for Audio-Digest, Wolters Kluwer Health.

Dr. McKenna graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine’s Physician Associate Program, then completed his Master of Public Health, concentrating on Health Administration and Policy, at Portland State University. He graduated from the University of Lynchburg with a Doctorate in Medical Science concentrated on PA education. Bob is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Associates, the California Academy of PAs and is also a current or former member of multiple other professional societies. Dr. McKenna was awarded a research grant from the AAPA and is a current member of the AAPA Research and Strategic Initiative Commission, a peer reviewer for several journals, an author, and invited presenter at national meetings. Bob is an NCCPA-certified PA licensed to practice medicine in California. He volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corps of Los Angeles and is a volunteer scientific SCUBA diver at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.