Gerald McKinney, MD — Distinguished Healthcare Professional

New Orleans, LA — Gerald McKinney, MD, is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as an Distinguished Healthcare Professional in the Medical field and in acknowledgment of his work at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

With over 21 years in the Medical profession, Gerald McKinney, MD, is passionate about helping patients as a General Surgeon.

To begin his college education, Dr. McKinney attended Morehouse College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1985. He next completed a Medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1991. Dr. McKinney completed a General Surgery residency in Atlanta, GA, at Morehouse School of Medicine and subsequently began a faculty position. Dr. McKinney completed a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery in Houston, TX. He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and is additionally board-certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery (ABS).

After completing his college education, Dr. McKinney joined the Medical Group of Michigan City, IN, where he performed General, Trauma, and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery. He then spent ten years as a faculty member and Director of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The doctor joined Cabell Huntington Hospital as the Director of Surgical Services from 2007-2013. Dr. McKinney also joined the Jackson VA Medical Center in 2017 as a General Surgeon and joined G.V. Sonny Montgomery VAMC in 2017 as the Chief of Surgery.

Today, Dr. McKinney teaches at The University Of Mississippi Medical Center, where he has worked for the past eight years. He is a part-time Professor and Director of Surgical Simulation. He is passionate about his career, saying, “Being a healthcare provider is a privileged position. Individuals provide a tremendous amount of trust in us and share the most intimate aspects of their lives. As a result, we must treat them with the utmost respect and dignity. Each patient should be treated as a whole: mind, body, spirit, and soul. These can not be separated. This requires good communication from the healthcare provider, a willingness to listen, and a desire to serve.”

Awarded for his work, Dr. McKinney received recognition with profile features in IssueWire and MarketWatch. He was the subject of a YouTube video created by Cabell Huntington Hospital where he discussed the DaVinci Surgical System, a method to operate on patients through their belly buttons. He was the only surgeon at the hospital who had advanced training in this technique.

In his free time, Dr. McKinney loves drawing, music, and playing piano, guitar, and bass. He is an avid sports enthusiast who loves running, football, triathlons, and martial arts.

Dr. McKinney has had many influential mentors along his career path, including Dr. Christopher Anderson, Chief of the University of Mississippi; Dr. Sue Roberts, Former Chief of Staff at the VA; Dr. Claud Brunson, University of Mississippi; and Dr. David Denning, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Washington University.

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