Jeffrey McKinney, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeffrey McKinney, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice Chair for Pediatric Education

  • Harry W. Bass Jr. Professorship in Pediatric Education
  • Distinguished Teaching Professor
  • Pediatrics - Infectious Disease


Jeffrey McKinney is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program.  He went on to complete his internship, residency and fellowship at Yale University in Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease, and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.  Prior to his medical education and training, he was also named a Rhodes Scholar.

Dr. McKinney’s clinical interests include pediatric inpatient medicine and pediatric infectious disease.

He is presently a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease, as well as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  He is also the Director of Medical Education for Children’s Health System in Dallas, Texas. 

In his role as Vice Chair for Pediatric Education, he has focused on the recruitment of nationally - and now internationally - competitive house officer candidates with diverse interests.  The Pediatrics Training Program currently includes more than 100 pediatrics residents, more than 100 pediatric subspecialty fellows, and more than 200 visiting resident rotators.  His overarching programmatic goals are to foster leadership development, physician activism, and critical thinking skills among physicians in training, and to maximize their long term professional impact.

Dr. McKinney was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018 and 2022 and its Best Pediatric Specialists list for 2020 and 2021.

In 2018, Dr. McKinney received UT Southwestern’s Mentoring Award.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of Iowa College of Medicine (1988-1995)
  • Residency - Yale-New Haven Hospital (1996-1998), Pediatrics
  • Fellowship - Yale University School of Medicine (1998-2001), Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2014)
  • Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas (2014)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (2011)
  • Texas Medical Association (2011)
  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Disease
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor, 2018, 2022
  • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist 2020-2021
  • Mentoring Award – UT Southwestern 2018
  • UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers 2014
  • Washington University Pediatrics Teaching Faculty of the Year 2008
  • Pearson Award for Yale University Pediatric Teaching Faculty of the Year 2003
  • Yale-NIH Children’s Health Research Center Scholar Award 2002
Books & Publications
  • Resident education

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