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Matthew McKenna, MD, MPH

Division Director
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine


Dr. Matthew T. McKenna is Director of Emory University’s Division of Preventive Medicine, and also serves as Professor (Acting) of Medicine in Emory’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.  He has extensive experience in public health and preventive medicine. From 1989 – 2000, he worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and before joining the Emory faculty he was the Medical Director for the Fulton County (the county where the city of Atlanta is located) Department of Health and Wellness from 2010 to 2015. Dr. McKenna is a graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine, and he completed his residency in Family Medicine and a post-doctoral fellowship in epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. McKenna joined CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Program in 1989 and completed the CDC residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health in 1992. He subsequently assumed positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career working in a wide range of areas such as Cancer Control, Tuberculosis, HIV and his last position at CDC was as the Director of the Office on Smoking and Health. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine.  A Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service during 1989 – 2000, Dr. McKenna held the grade of Medical Director (CAPTAIN: O6).

Though most of his prevention work has involved the demographic and social determinants of health, Dr. McKenna continued to practice primary care throughout his career with a focus on persons infected with HIV. In his current position he also continues to provide medical services to patients in the Emory Family Medicine clinic, and he is committed to engaging a full spectrum of health care providers in the learning and practice of health care prevention and population health. He also continues to serve on the editorial and advisory boards for a variety of public health journals and publications, and works hard to use his bicycles as a primary mode of transportation whenever possible.