Dr. Robert J. McKenna of San Marino, a surgical oncologist and former director of the USC Cancer Center's Regional Activities Program, has been named national president of the American Cancer Society. The society is a health agency made up of 2.3 million volunteers.
McKenna, who served as president of the Los Angeles unit in 1962-63 and state president from 1974 to 1976, has been chairman of the society's national Committee for Employment and Insurance Liability of Recovered Cancer Patients since 1974.
McKenna, 59, is affiliated with Inter-Community Medical Center in Covina, Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia, Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, Community Hospital of San Gabriel and Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora.
He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1947 and from Cornell Medical College in 1951. He is immediate past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology and is a clinical professor of surgery at USC Medical School.