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New Pediatric Urology Chief Named at American Family Children's Hospital

American Family Children's Hospital urology chief Patrick McKennaPatrick McKenna, MD, became Chief of Pediatric Urology at the American Family Children's Hospital this summer. He previously served as Chair and Professor in the Division of Urology in the Department of Surgery at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois.


He received his medical degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. McKenna completed his urology residency at Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia and later completed a Clinical/Research Fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.


Dr. McKenna is a Specialty Diplomat of the American Board of Urology, and currently serves as the President of the Society of University Urologists, Chair of the Judicial and Ethics Committee of the American Urologic Association and Secretary of the North Central Section. He also has a career interest in quality improvement.

"Quality in pediatric urology requires working in physician teams, standardization of care, effective monitoring and improvement," says Dr. McKenna. "I am looking forward to working with the talented staff and faculty at American Family Children's Hospital."

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Clinically, Dr. McKenna's special interests are complicated urologic reconstruction, Wilm's Tumor, antenatally detected urologic problems, disorders of sexual development and minimally-invasive treatments. His innovative use of computer games and conservative, noninvasive approach to management of pediatric urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections have been widely adopted across the country.