Bio


Dr. Stephen McKenna is a founding member of the Stanford Partnership for Spinal Cord Injury and Repair. Dr. McKenna is the Chief of the Rehabilitation Trauma Center; as well as, the site director of the Advanced Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship at SCVMC.

As a Neurocritical Care physician, he specializes in ventilator dependent Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury; as well as, neuromuscular diseases. Dr. McKenna has practiced for more than 10 years and is an invited reviewer for the Journal Critical Care as well as Spinal Cord - Nature. He has led first-in-human clinical trials ranging from vaccines for HIV to stem cell derived oligodendrocyte progenitor cell based therapies for spinal cord injury.

Clinical Focus:
Spinal Cord Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury
Guillain-Barré Syndrome
Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Neuromyelitis Optica (Devic disease)

Professional Education:
Board Certification: Neurocritical Care, United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (2008)
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2005)
Residency: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (2005) CA
Internship: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (2002) CA
Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine (2002) CA

Book Chapter:
Shah A, Shem K, McKenna SL, Berlly M. Management of Respiratory Failure in Spinal Cord Injury. Spinal Cord Medicine (Hardcover) by Steven, M.D. Kirshblum (Editor) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011

Selected Publications:
Pulmonary outcomes following specialized respiratory management for acute cervical spinal cord injury: a retrospective analysis.
SPINAL CORD
Zakrasek EC, Nielson JL, Kosarchuk JJ3, Crew JD, Ferguson AR, McKenna SL
2017; Feb 21. PMID: 28220822

Dose Response Effect of Exposure to Hypotension on Expected Neurological Recovery in Individuals With Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury.
ARCHIVES OF PM&R
Reza, E., Stück, E., Endo, J., Isaac, L., Beattie, M., Ferguson, A. and McKenna, S.
2016: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2016.09.016

Combined SCI and TBI: recovery of forelimb function after unilateral cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) is retarded by contralateral traumatic brain injury (TBI), and ipsilateral TBI balances the effects of SCI on paw placement.
EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY
Inoue T, Lin A, Ma X, McKenna SL, Creasey GH, Manley GT, Ferguson AR, Bresnahan JC, Beattie MS.
2013 Oct 248: 136-47. PMID: 23770071

Functional electrical stimulation in spinal cord injury respiratory care.
TOPICS IN SPINAL CORD REHAB.
R Jarosz, M Littlepage, G Creasey, S McKenna
2012:Vol. 18, No. 4, 315-321. PMID: 23459661

Impact of mean arterial blood pressure during the first seven days post spinal cord injury.
TOPICS IN SPINAL CORD REHAB.
J Cohn, J Wright, S McKenna, T Bushnik
2010: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1310/sci1503-96

Successful Pregnancy and Delivery in a C1 ASIA A Spinal Cord Injured Woman: The Role of Coordinated Care Between PM&R and Obstetrics Services: A Case Report.
PM&R
Lin C, McKenna S, Shem K
2010: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmrj.2010.07.461

Pancreatic tumor motion on a single planning 4D-CT does not correlate with intrafraction tumor motion during treatment.
AM J CLIN ONCOL.
Minn A, Schellenberg D, Maxim P, Suh Y, McKenna S, Cox B, Dieterich S, Xing L, Graves E, Goodman K, Chang D, Koong A.
2009 Aug;32(4):364-8 PMID: 19398901

The impact of project closure on HIV incidence and mortality in a cohort of couples in Lusaka, Zambia.
AIDS CARE
Stephenson R, Shutes E, McKenna S, Allen S, Brill I, Kancheya N, Zulu I, Sinkala M, Tichacek A, Chomba E.
2008 Jul;20(6):683-91. PMID: 18576170

Rapid HIV testing and counseling for voluntary testing centers in Africa.
AIDS
McKenna SL, Muyinda GK, Roth D, Mwali M, Ng'andu N, Myrick A, Luo C, Priddy FH, Hall VM, von Lieven AA, Sabatino JR, Mark K, Allen SA.
1997 Sep;11 Suppl 1:S103-10. PMID: 9376093