1981-88: St. Peter's School, Bournemouth.
1988-93: United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals.


1993: MBBS
1995: Primary FRCS
1997: FRCS(England)
2003: FRCS(Trauma and Orthopaedics)
2005: CCST


Royal Naval Hospital Haslar,    Hampshire
Queen Alexandra's Hospitals, Portsmouth.



Feb 1995 - Aug 1995:        SHO in ACCIDENT and EMERGENCY
University Hospital Lewisham, London.

Aug 1995 - Feb 1996:        SHO in ORTHOPAEDICS and TRAUMA
University Hospital Lewisham, London.Year 3 SHO post.

Feb 1996 - Aug 1996        SHO in SURGICAL ONCOLOGY
Royal Marsden Hospital, London
Professorial surgical unit post including musculoskeletal tumour management.

Aug 1996 - Feb 1997:        SHO in GENERAL SURGERY
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
Professorial surgical unit post


Aug 1997 - Feb 1998:        SENIOR SHO in ORTHOPAEDICS and     TRAUMA,
Mayday University Hospital, Surrey.
On middle-grade on-call rota

Feb 1998 - Aug 1998        SHO in PLASTIC SURGERY,
University Hospital Birmingham
Experience in microsurgery, flap reconstruction, burns and hand trauma.
Aug 1998 - Feb 1999        SHO in PLASTIC SURGERY
St George’s Hospital, London.


Wessex Trauma and Orthopaedic Rotation: August 1999 - July 2005

Sep 1999-Sep 2000:        DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL, Dorchester.
Mr I. Barlow:         Lower limb arthroplasty
Soft tissue reconstruction knee
Mr N. Fernandez:    Shoulder arthroplasty and arthroscopy
Lower limb arthroplasty

Sept 2000- Sept 2001:        ROYAL HAMPSHIRE COUNTY HOSPITAL (August 1999-Sep 1999)     Winchester.
Mr J. Fowler:        Adult Spine
Mr H. Fox:        Soft tissue reconstruction knee
Lower limb arthroplasty

Sep 2001-Sep 2002        QUEEN ALEXANDRA’S HOSPITAL, Portsmouth.
Mr R. Richards:    Paediatric Orthopaedics
Mr M. Grover:    Primary and revision lower limb arthroplasty
Mr H. Clarke:    Primary and revision lower limb arthroplasty

Sep 2002- Sep 2003        BOURNEMOUTH AND POOLE NHS TRUST.
Poole Hospital:         Six months Trauma
Mr R. Hartley:        Upper limb
Mr M. Goodwin:    Revision Hip

Bournemouth Hospital:     Six months Elective
Mr R. Hartley:    Shoulder: general, arthroplasty and arthroscopy
Mr J. Southgate:    Hand and elbow surgery

Mr N. Boeree:    Spinal surgery: adult and paediatric

Apr 2004 – Mar 2005:    SPINAL FELLOW
Mr B.J. Freeman
Mr M.P. Grevitt
Mr S.H. Mehdian
Mr J.K. Webb
Spinal fellowship.

Mr D. C. Chapple:    Spinal surgery

May 2005 - December 2015
Orthopaedic Consultant –Spinal Surgery

Honorary Consultant Spinal Surgeon

December 2015-present:
Full time private practice.


Aug 1997 - Feb 1998      Mayday University Hospital. Adult Spine clinics under the supervision of Mr G. Marsh.   Sep 1999 - Feb 2000      Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester. Adult Spine clinics under supervision of Mr G. Hall. Sep 2000 - Feb 2001      Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, under supervision of Mr J. Fowler: Six month Adult Spine firm treating degenerative, traumatic and oncological conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine. Pre-operative assessment session with time allocated for presentation and discussion. Exposure to anterior lumbar and cervical surgery for degenerative conditions and a variety of instrumentation techniques. Mar 2003 - Aug 2003 Royal Bournemouth Hospital under supervision of Mr J. Dinley: Weekly Adult Spine list performing microdiscectomy and decompression of the lumbar spine. Sep 2003 - Feb 2004 Southampton General Hospital under supervision of Mr N. Boeree: Tertiary referral centre for spinal surgery with exposure to a wide range of pathology, trauma and paediatric deformity. April 2004 – March 2005 Spinal Fellowship, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham: A one-year fellowship in spinal surgery affording a wide range of experience in the surgical treatment of all spinal conditions and, in particular, paediatric and adult deformity. Emphasis was placed on the multi-disciplinary approach to spinal pathology including metastatic tumours, inflammatory arthropathies and back pain. The Fellowship also included training in fluoroscopic guided injection therapies. As the Senior Fellow, I was responsible for the day-to-day running of the Spinal Unit, working with the managerial staff to maximise efficient use of medical staff and theatre time. The Spinal Unit has an excellent research record and I had the opportunity to undertake and complete two long-running trials along with several other projects during my Fellowship, presented at both domestic and international meetings. May 2005- Dec 2015 Full-time Orthopaedic Consultant practising elective spinal surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. I managed all aspects of the spine, other than deformity surgery requiring spinal monitoring, and tumour and trauma management. I continue to maintain an interest in deformity surgery.

December 2015 - Present
Full-time private practice including NHS Choose and Book.
I continue to provide a full spinal service treating cervical, thoracic ,lumbar and sacral conditions. I have a particular interest in anterior and lateral surgery including total disc arthroplasty, XLIF and minimally invasive surgery.


The Wessex rotation provided me with extensive experience in modern trauma management. I possess ATLS and continue to keep updated in trauma management . I participated fully in the trauma rota at Royal Berkshire Hospital for 7 years and provided cover for spinal emergencies thereafter.



• The Effect of Moderate Variations in Angulation and Translation of the X-ray Beam in Measurement of Sagittal Alignment with Reference to an External Plumbline in a Three-dimensional Model of the Lumbar Spine. South-East Spine Club Meeting, Nov 2002.

• Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET) for chronic low back pain. Karadimas E, McKenna PJ, Hegarty J, Freeman BJ, Grevitt MP. Hellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology (HAOST), Athens. Oct 2004.

• Two-year clinical outcome of circumferential lumbar spinal fusion: A prospective randomized controlled trial of SynCage versus femoral ring allograft. McKenna PJ, Freeman BJ, Mulholland RC, Grevitt MP, Mehdian SH, Webb JK. East Midlands Orthopaedic Research Meeting, Nottingham. Nov 2004.

• A Prospective Randomised Trial: Femoral Ring Allograft Versus A Titanium Cage In Circumferential Lumbar Spinal Fusion. PJ McKenna, BJC Freeman, RC Mulholland, MP Grevitt, JK Webb, SH Mehdian. The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK. British Association of Spinal Surgeons, Aberdeen. Feb 2005.

• A Prospective Randomised Trial: Femoral Ring Allograft Versus A Titanium Cage In Circumferential Lumbar Spinal Fusion. BJC Freeman, PJ McKenna, RC Mulholland, MP Grevitt, JK Webb, SH Mehdian. International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), New York. May 2005.

• What operative skills in shoulder surgery should be taught to orthopaedic trainees? A survey of consultant shoulder surgeons in the UK. AJ Murphy, PJ McKenna. Gauvain Meeting, Basingstoke. June 2005.

• MRI Measurements In Cauda Equina Syndrome: Reproducibility And Prediction Of Clinical Outcome. MJH McCarthy, AT Brodie, D Annesley-Williams, CEW Aylott, A Jones, PJ McKenna, MP Grevitt. European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT), Lisbon. June 2005.

• Cauda Equina Syndrome: Factors Affecting Long Term Outcome. MJH McCarthy, CEW Aylott,  MP Grevitt, AT Brodie, PJ McKenna,  MC Bishop. European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT), Lisbon. June 2005.

• The Clinical Outcome of Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy for Low Back Pain: A Prospective Study of 77 Patients with an average follow-up of 21 months. PJ McKenna, BJ Freeman, JF Hegarty, MP Grevitt. EFORT, Lisbon. June 2005.

• Two-year clinical outcome of circumferential lumbar spinal fusion: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial of SynCage versus Femoral Ring Allograft. PJ McKenna, BJC Freeman, RC Mulholland, MP Grevitt, JK Webb, SH Mehdian. Eurospine, Barcelona. September 2005.

• The clinical and radiological outcome of a prospective randomised controlled trial of circumferential  lumbar spinal fusion: femoral ring allograft versus titanium Cage.  BJC Freeman, N Hussain, P McKenna, YH Yau, Y Leung, J Hegarty, RW Kerslake. Britspine 2006.

• The use of Cervical Nerve Root Blocks in the management of Cervical Radiculopathy. - a minimally invasive succes? HS Dabasia, T Rajagopal, PJ McKenna, RW Marshall. Summary Slide Presentation at the 2011 BASS Meeting Edinburgh. 2011


• A Constant Posterior Motor Branch of the Radial Nerve. British Orthopaedic Association Annual Conference, Autumn 1997.

• A comparison of cost and outcome at one year between IDET and fusion of a single level in the lumbar spine. McKenna PJ, Hegarty J, Freeman BJ, Grevitt MP. Society for Back Pain Research, Leicester. Nov 2004.

• Results of the Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF ®) for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease. Amarjit Anand, Kam Dhaliwal, Yousaf Shah, Trichy Rajagopal, Patrick McKenna BASS 2017

Post Percutaneous Biopsy Blood Cultures Improve Diagnostic Yield in Spondylodiscitis Authors: Pegrum J, Altaf F, Iyer S, Rajagopal T, McKenna P, Andrade AJ NASS 2014


• Imaging of the spine. P.J. McKenna. In: The Spinal Theatre Operating Personnel Manual. Ed: S. Corbett. AO Publishing. October 2005.

• Two-year clinical outcome of circumferential lumbar spinal fusion: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial of SynCage versus Femoral Ring Allograft. PJ McKenna, BJC Freeman, RC Mulholland, MP Grevitt, JK Webb, SH Mehdian. European Spine Journal. August 2005.

• A comparison of cost and outcome at one year between IDET and fusion of a single level in the lumbar spine. McKenna PJ, Hegarty J, Freeman BJ, Grevitt MP. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - British Volume, Orthopaedic Proceedings. Vol 87-B, Issue SUPP II, 212

• A Wii-related clay-shoveler's fracture. CN Brown, P McKenna. ScientificWorldJournal. 2009 Nov 1;9:1190-1.

• A case of necrotising fasciitis caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. AS Lota, F Altaf, R Shetty, S Courtney, P McKenna, S Iyer. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2010 Feb;92(2):284-5.

• Prospective audit on the use of the LMA-Supreme for airway management of adult patients undergoing elective orthopaedic surgery in prone position. V Sharma, C Veghese, PJ McKenna Br J Anaesth. 2010 Aug;105(2):228-32. Epub 2010 Jun 10.


  • Spine Society of Europe Clinical Award 2005. International prize for clinical research.


  • Advanced Life Support. London 1995
  • Advanced Trauma and Life Support. Ashford, Kent 2001
  • Radiation Protection Course. RNH Haslar. 2002
  • Primary FRCS Slome Course. London 1994
  • Northwick Park Radiology Course. London 1995
  • St Thomas’ FRCS Part 2 Course. London 1997
  • Wessex Basic Science Course. Southampton 2001
  • AO Principles of Fracture Management. Dublin 2002
  • Exeter Hip Symposium. Exeter 2002
  • 10th Course in Spinal Surgery, Imperial College, London. Oct 2002
  • Wessex Shoulder Course. Basingstoke 2002
  • RCS Approaches to the Thoracolumbar Spine. London 2003
  • AO Injured Spine Course. Cardiff 2003
  • Bristol Basic Science Course. Bristol 2003
  • Oxford Clinical course for FRCS T+O. Oxford 2004
  • Britspine. Nottingham 2004
  • Report Writing and Expert Evidence, Medical and Legal Training Services.  March 2004
  • Prodisc -L. Straubing, Germany 2004
  • AO Masterclass. Nottingham 2004
  • AO Users Group Meeting, Nottingham 2004
  • BASS. Aberdeen 2005
  • IDET Course. Nottingham 2005
  • AO Spine Forum. Leeds. April 2005
  • Clinical Management Course for Specialist Registrars in Surgical Specialties.  Keele. April 2005
  •  EFORT. Lisbon 2005
  •  Prodisc-C. Straubing 2004
  •  Stryker Paediadric Deformity Course. Amsterdam 2006Eurospine. Brussels 2007
  • Techtonix. Caen 2007
  • Cervicore Disc Replacement launch and cadaveric workshop. Dusseldorf 2009
  • British Spinal Study Group 2010
  • Eurospine. Vienna 2011
  • British Spinal Study Group 2011
  • Lateral Interbody Fusion: Peek visit to Georgetown University Hospital, Washington. 2012
  • XLIF Nuvasive, New York 2012
  • Faculty, Passionate about Spine 2012
  • 2nd UK MISS User Group, London 2013
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgeons, San Diego 2013
  • Eurospine, Liverpool 2013
  • British Spinal Study Group, Courchevel 2014
  • Anterior and Lateral User Meeting, Berlin 2014
  • Faculty, Passionate about Spine, 2014
  • SOLAS Proctor Orientation, Instituto Orthopedico Galeazzi, MIlan 2014
  • European SOLAS meeting, Lake Garda 2014
  • Eurospine Berlin 2016
  • North American Spine Society 2016
  • Eurospine Dublin 2017
  • Deputy Synthes Global Lateral Market Insights Meeting, Cambridge,MA 2017


  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society