TPS Mary Greene-Noble Special Achievement Award

Sandra McKay, MD, FAAP


Sandra McKay, MD, FAAP is a general pediatrician and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).  She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Medical School and completed her residency at Saint Louis University (SLU)/Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.  She previously was faculty at SLU and has experience as a private pediatrician.  Dr. McKay has served as a strong advocate for children, and is a past president of the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she worked closely with the state legislature to pass safe sleep legislation and preserve physician rights to discuss firearms in the clinical setting.  Upon moving to Texas almost 5 years ago, she immediately sought to find her tribe, which clearly lies within the Texas Pediatric Society.  She has served on the Committee for Injury Prevention and Environmental Health, Committee on Fetus and Newborn, and Committee on Medical Education.  She is currently the co-chair of the Executive Legislative Committee.  She has worked within her institution to develop firearm safety counseling workshops for physician trainees, expanding this work regionally and nationally with the AAP, as well as adult primary care.  Dr McKay is a leader in education, where she has developed curricula for the McGovern Medical School, focusing on social determinants of health and advocacy, and is the co-director of the Texas Educators in Advocacy and Child Health Collaborative.  Currently, Dr. McKay is the Co-Principal investigator for the Injury Free Coalition for Kids Houston site and was recently named the Director of Advocacy for the Department of Pediatrics at UTHealth.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with Tim, her husband of almost 18 years.  They have 3 children, Emily (16), Jacob (12), and Owen (7), who are the inspiration for her advocacy - to give a voice to our most vulnerable.