The 35-member Albany Medical Center Board of Directors has unanimously selected 52-year-old Dr. Dennis P. McKenna as the new President and CEO of Albany Med.
McKenna has not only worked at Albany Med since 2000, but has also served in the military for 20 years with tours in both the Middle East and Africa.
This news comes after current President and CEO James J. Barba announced his March 2020 retirement following 25 years of service.
McKenna, an Albany Medical College ’92 alum and graduate of both Christian Brothers Academy and Cornell University, currently serves as the hospital’s Executive Vice President, President of the Faculty Practice and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. He has previously served as Medical Director of Albany Med and Medical Director of the Emergency Department.
“During the last 19 years of his association with Albany Med, Dr. McKenna has developed strong working relationships with employees throughout the Medical Center, both on the front lines caring for our patients and in the board room with our leaders. He brings to this new role an undeniable commitment to working with our employees to continue to create a truly extraordinary environment of caring at Albany Med, now and into the future,” said Robert T. Cushing, chairman of Albany Med’s Board of Directors.
McKenna, a Bethlehem resident, said he’s honored to take on the role.
“I stand ready, with great energy and enthusiasm, to continue to work alongside the best workforce in the region, a dedicated and talented team of doctors, nurses and medical professionals and the very important non-clinical staff, who, together, make Albany Med the region’s best hospital,” McKenna said.