Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Ross University School of Medicine Dominica, West Indies/Edison, NJ


Pediatrics - Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY


Neonatal-Perinatal - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA

Board Certification

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine – American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

MPH - University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Neonatologist

Medical Director, Neonatal Physician Assistant Residency Program

Neonatal Director, Perinatal Nephrology Program

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Grayson S, McKenna K, Carroll JM, Koran J, Chuo J: Implementation of a Neonatal Audit Tool to Drive Quality Initiatives. Pediatric Quality and Safety Page: Online only, In press 2019 Notes: Accepted for publication in June 2019.


Milet B, Chuo J, Nilan K, Warren K, McKenna K, Carroll JM, Evans J, Zhang H: Increasing Immunization Rates in Infants with Severe Chronic Lung Disease: A Quality Improvement Initiative. Hosp Pediatr 8(11): 693-698, November 2018.


Kiser C, Nawab U, McKenna K, Aghai ZH: Role of Guidelines on Length of Therapy in Chorioamnionitis and Neonatal Sepsis. Pediatrics 133(6): 992-998, Jun 2014.


Shah S, McKenna K, Hudak J, Cohen J: Respiratory function parameters in the peri-surfactant administration period normalize at earlier time-points with increased levels of positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) in the Sprague-Dawley rat. J Neonatal Perinatal Med 4(4), 2012.

Posters and Presentations


Gibbs K, Fox W, Dysart K, Kleinman S, Nilan K, Morris M, Napolitano N, Alexiou S, Bamat N, Mckenna K, Jensen E, Maschhoff K, Peterside I, Munson D, Panitch H, Zhang H: Patterns of PEEP Use in Infants Referred to the NeoCLD Program at CHOP: Characteristics and Outcome Prediction. Poster presentation, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR), Philadelphia, PA March 2019.

Taha D, McKenna K, Zhang H, Gibbs K: Central Lymphatic Flow Disorder is Associated with Worse Outcomes in Infants with Severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. Platform presentation by collaborator, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR), Philadelphia, PA March 2019.

Awards and Honors

2010, Participation in AAP Perinatal Pediatrics 77th Perinatal and Developmental Medicine Symposium. Marco Island, FL
2009, Stony Brook University Medical Center Pediatric Resident Research Award
2009, Travel Award, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Meeting. Philadelphia, PA
2005, Ross University School of Medicine Most Well Rounded Student Award
1998-2000, Scholar Athlete Academic Achievement Award
1998-2000, Alpha Gamma Delta Most Contributing Member Award
1998-2000, Alpha Gamma Delta high Academic Standard Award
1998-2000, Order of Omega Greek Honors Society

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2018-present, Reviewer, Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
2018-present, Reviewer, Case Reports in Perinatal Medicine
2014-present, Reviewer, Pediatrics

Academic and Institutional Committees

2019-present, Physician Lead, Hyperammonemia Pathway
2016-present, Urinary Tract Dilation Pathway
2016-present, Physician Lead, Squires: QI Writing Group
2016-present, Physician Lead, Perinatal Nephrology Group
2015-present, Chronic Lung Disease Team
2015-present, Neonatology Fellowship Selection Committee
2015-present, Apnea Consensus Committee
2014-present, NICU Physician Lead, Acute Kidney Injury Working Group,
2014-present, NICU Nutrition Committee

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2013-present, Eastern Society for Pediatric Research
2006-present, Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics