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 of 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 of 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.

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


Medical School
University of Iowa College of Medicine (1995)
Yale-New Haven Hospital (1998), Pediatrics
Yale University School of Medicine (2001), Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Research Interest

  • Resident education


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Listeria Infections in Neonates
McKinney JS NeoReviews 2016 Sep 17 9 e515-e520
Stably integrated luxCDABE for assessment of Salmonella invasion kinetics.
Flentie KN, Qi M, Gammon ST, Razia Y, Lui F, Marpegan L, Manglik A, Piwnica-Worms D, McKinney JS Mol Imaging 2008 Sep-Oct 7 5 222-33
Disruption of type III secretion in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium by external guide sequences.
McKinney JS, Zhang H, Kubori T, Galán JE, Altman S Nucleic Acids Res. 2004 32 2 848-54
Tightly regulated gene expression system in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium.
McKinney J, Guerrier-Takada C, Galán J, Altman S J. Bacteriol. 2002 Nov 184 21 6056-9
Inhibition of Escherichia coli viability by external guide sequences complementary to two essential genes.
McKinney J, Guerrier-Takada C, Wesolowski D, Altman S Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2001 Jun 98 12 6605-10


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Honors & Awards

  • Best Pediatric Specialists/Doctors in Dallas
    D Magazine (2015-2016) (2018)
  • Mentoring Award
    UT Southwestern Leaders in Clinical Excellence (2018)
  • UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers
  • Washington University Pediatrics Teaching Faculty of the Year
  • Pearson Award for Yale University Pediatric Teaching Faculty of the Year
  • Yale-NIH Children’s Health Research Center Scholar Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2014)
  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • Dallas County Medical Society (2011)
  • Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas (2014)
  • Texas Medical Association (2011)