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Robert McKenna, M.D.

 

Dr. Robert McKenna, Jr., MD, is an internationally renowned thoracic surgeon, who has dedicated over 2 decades in General Thoracic surgery research and clinical care.   He has produced more than 250 peer-reviewed publications about many different areas of Thoracic Surgery and 2 text books in Thoracic Surgery. His book, the Atlas of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, is a landmark publication in the field of video-assisted thoracic surgery.   He performed the first minimally invasive (VATS) lung cancer operation in the US in 1992, and, currently, his experience with over 3000 VATS lobectomies is the largest in the world.   In addition to his busy clinical practice, he is constantly teaching nationally and internationally.   He has been to over 40 countries to operate and teach.  He runs courses here at Providence St John’s and internationally to teach other thoracic surgeons.

After almost 20 years as chief of general thoracic surgery at Cedars-Sinai, he moved to Providence St. John’s to run the Thoracic Surgery Program.

Medical School
USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

Internship
Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, Stanford, CA

Residency
Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, Stanford, CA

Fellowship
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Osita Onugha, M.D.

Osita Onugha, M.D., is a board-certified surgeon and assistant professor of thoracic surgery at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Dr. Onugha practices all aspects of thoracic surgery, including procedures for benign and malignant conditions of the lung, esophagus and mediastinum. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive techniques that leave small scars, and has extensive experience in treating thoracic surgical conditions using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS), robotic assisted thoracic surgery (RATS), laparoscopic and bronchoscopic approaches.

While in training, Dr. Onugha became the first cardiothoracic fellow to be awarded the prestigious Excellence in Teaching with Humanism Fellow and Residents Award. During his residency at Stanford, he helped design a novel catheter that detects and treats infections. He was a named inventor on multiple invention disclosures and has two filed patents.

He is the creator of the Surgical Innovation Lab at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Its current projects include: using 3D printing for chest wall reconstruction after surgical resection, using wearable technology as a diagnostic preoperative/postoperative tool, using machine learning to better understand lung cancer, and studying the uses of novel circulating tumor DNA (liquid biopsy) in lung cancer.

Dr. Onugha holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School in England.

He has co-authored several book chapters and manuscripts, and has presented at multiple national conferences.

Dr. Onugha is also involved in clinical trials for patients in all stages of lung and esophageal cancer.

Education

Medical School
David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles

Internship
Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, Stanford, CA

Residency
Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, Stanford, CA

Fellowship
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

 

Areas of Interest
• Lung cancer and airway diseases
• Esophageal cancer and benign esophageal diseases
• Hyperhidrosis