Robert McKenna, M.D., is a board-certified thoracic surgeon who pioneered minimally invasive lung cancer surgery. He has taught many thoracic surgeons around the world how to perform this surgery. With nearly 30 years of experience, Dr. McKenna is well-respected in the medical community for his clinical and research contributions. Prior to joining Providence Medical Institute, Dr. McKenna served as clinical chief of general thoracic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. McKenna has been included on the America’s Top Doctors for Cancer list for thoracic surgery for 10 consecutive years. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and has authored two books and 48 book chapters on topics related to his specialty. Dr. McKenna has presented his research findings to both national and international audiences. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Medical School
  • USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
  • Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, Stanford, CA
  • Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, Stanford, CA
  • University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • English


Cardiothoracic Outpatient Clinic
2121 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 829-8618
(310) 829-8607


  • Thoracic Surgery (Board Certified)
Clinical Interests
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Emphysema
  • Chestwall Tumors
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Sweaty Palms
  • Mediastinal Masses/Tumors
  • Zenkers Divericulum
  • Thoracic Outlet
  • Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy


Insurances Accepted
  • Covered CA Anthem BC PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Health Net PPO
  • Medi-Cal (Straight)
  • Medi-Cal Anthem (BC) HMO
  • Medi-Cal Health Net HMO
  • Medi-Cal L.A. Care HMO
  • Medicare
  • Medi-Medi (Medicare-Medi-Cal)