Pixie McKenna

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Bernadette Anne "Pixie" McKenna,[1] (born 20 January 1971)[citation needed] is an Irish doctor and television presenter. She is best known for her work on the Channel 4 series Embarrassing Illnesses and its successor series Embarrassing Bodies and BBC Three's Freaky Eaters.[2]

Education and training[edit]

McKenna attended medical school at University College Cork, Ireland[3] graduating in 1995. After qualifying as a general practitioner in 1999, McKenna moved to the UK and practised in Notting Hill, London for three years. She then set up a GP practice in Ireland while continuing sessional work at Harley Street. In the public sector, she acts as a clinical assistant in sexual health and dermatology for the NHS and has worked at a number of London teaching hospitals.[2]

Television career[edit]

In 2007 McKenna began to appear on Freaky Eaters, a show which helps individuals overcome eating disorders. That same year she went on to co-present Embarrassing Illnesses, a show which highlights common conditions that people are reluctant to discuss with their doctors, and in 2008 co-presented with Christian Jessen its sister series Embarrassing Bodies. This has, on numerous occasions, led her onto The Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM to discuss the various embarrassing illnesses endured by the programme's listeners.


  1. ^ Intimate details for all to see Irish Times, 26 May 2009
  2. ^ a b "Dr McKenna". Doctor Profile. Channel 4. Retrieved 12 October 2008. 
  3. ^ Myers, Kevin (2 May 2008). "Letting the world witness where the sun don't shine". Opinion: Columnists. Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 January 2008. 

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