Mark McKenna is a licensed surgical and medical doctor. Renowned stakeholders like Florida state board of medical examiners and Georgia back his professional qualifications. He originates from New Orleans, and he is a graduate of Tulane University Medical School. Besides, he is an exemplary patient advocate and a passionate community servant. For instance, after the infamous hurricane Katrina, which claimed many lives in New Orleans, he actively rose to the occasion to aid the victims in rebuilding their lives. Currently, Dr. Mark McKenna is the co-founder and the CEO of the OVME the role he took in July 2017. Before then, he was the national medical director at the Life Time Fitness Inc.
His take on the New CDC Report on Suicide
Mark McKenna advocates that the recent suicide incidents of the celebrity Kate Spade and Antony Bourdain, have brought new insight into the issue of suicide. He is in support of the report that indicates the level of suicide has risen to nearly 30% for the last 20 years. As a professional, Dr. Mark McKenna also agrees that the current trend in the celebrity suicide can result in copycat. For instance, after Robin Williams took his life in 2014, the instances of suicide have risen by about 10%. Similarly, the way media cover suicide occurrences also has an impact on this issue. Coverage that cites suicide methods used as dramatic or when graphic helplines are used, the incidents of suicides are likely to increase.
Notably, he advocates that suicide can result from various complicated issues. As such, the media should avoid simplifying the issue of suicide. Dr. Mark McKenna also backs one of the most recent reports by the CDC that indicates nearly 54% of who die through suicide does not have any registered medical complications. This finding is based on data obtained from 27 states in 2015. Besides being a doctor, Dr. Mark McKenna is business minded. As such, he is an active participant in the entrepreneur organization. He has also served as a member of the New Orleans Industrial Development Board and New Orleans Jazz Festival.