Gerry McKenna qualified as a dentist at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. After working in a number of dental hospitals and spending time in dental practice he completed his PhD and specialist clinical training in University College Cork. He currently works as a Consultant in Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry in Queens University Belfast where he provides clinical supervision and teaching for undergraduate and postgraduate dental students. His clinical work is focused on fixed and removable prosthodontics including care for oncology patients.
Gerry is a clinical researcher based within the Centre for Public Health in Queens University Belfast where he leads oral health services research. His research is centered on optimizing treatment options for patients which positively impact their dental and overall health. His research is supported by NIHR, the Dunhill Medical Trust and Horizon 2020.
Gerry is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and chair of the British Dental Association Hospitals Group for Northern Ireland. Gerry is an adjunct Professor in University College Cork and a King James IV Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is immediate past president of the Geriatric Oral Research Group within the International Association for Dental Research.
He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles and 2021 published the books “Clinical Cases in Gerodontology” and “Nutrition and Oral Health”.