Douglas G. Kinnett, MD

Staff Physician, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-7480

Fax 513-636-7360


Spasticity evaluation and management; traumatic brain injury evaluation and management

Douglas Kinnett, MD, specializes in pediatric rehabilitation. Children with impairments resulting in restrictions in their ability to function in society are the primary interest of the pediatric rehabilitation physician. A majority of these children have injury to their brain from trauma or have cerebral palsy.

Dr. Kinnett has developed expertise in the treatment of spasticity that is often seen in these children. Because of his experience, Dr. Kinnett is frequently asked to lecture on spasticity management in this region of the country. Beyond this special interest, he works with other members of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to provide a comprehensive approach to develop the full potential of these children as they grow into adulthood.

Training of new physicians in this area is also a priority in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Kinnett provides teaching experiences for these physicians in training along with other members of the division. He has twice been honored to receive a teaching award for his efforts in this training and was named Top Doctor in his field in 2015 by Cincinnati magazine. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Rehabilitation Training Program is considered one of the top programs in the country.

Dr. Kinnett has been a faculty member at Cincinnati Children's within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine since 1993. He accepted this position after being the first resident physician to complete the Pediatric Rehabilitation Training Program at Cincinnati Children's.

Dr. Kinnett attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati after working four years as a research assistant at Cincinnati Children's. Prior to this, he completed BS and MA degrees at Indiana State University.

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1988.

Residency: Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Certification: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 1994 (re-certification, 2004); Pediatrics, 1997 (re-certification, 2004).

View PubMed Publications

Kinnett DG. Pediatric critical illness neuropathy. PMR Knowledge NOW: AAPMR Website ( 2014.

Dickey MP, Rice M, Lambert R, Kinnett DG, Gerber MA, Staat MA. Infectious Complications of Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Devices in a Pediatric Population. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Jul;32(7):715-722.

Schapiro A, Racadio JM, Kinnett DG, Maugans TA. Combined C-arm Fluoroscopy and C-arm Cone Beam Computed Tomography For the Evaluation of Patients With Possible Intrathecal Baclofen Delivery System Malfunctions. Neurosurgery. 2011;69(suppl):s27-33.

Talbert RJ, Michaud LJ, Mehlman CT, Kinnett DG, Laor T, Foad SL, Schnell B, Salisbury S. EMG and MRI are independently related to shoulder external rotation function in neonatal brachial plexus palsy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2011;31(2):194-204.

Burrows TA, Bailey L, Kinnett DG, Hopkin RJ. Acute progression of neuromuscular findings in a patient with infantile Pompe disease. Pediatric Neurol. 2010;42(6):455-458.

Vargus-Adams JN, Michaud LJ, Kinnett DG, McMahon MA, Cook EF. Effects of oral baclofen on children with cerebral palsy [letter]. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2004 Nov;46(11):787.

Kinnett DG. Botulinum Toxin A Injections in Children: Technique and Dosing Issues. Amer J Phys Med Rehabil. 2004 83:S59-S64.

Adams BB, Vargus-Adams JN, Franz DN, Kinnett DG. Hyperhidrosis in pediatric spinal cord injury: A case report and novel therapy. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002;46:444-446.

Kinnett DG. Guillain–Barré Syndrome. In MR Nelson (ed): Rehabilitation Medicine Quick Reference: Pediatrics. Demos Medical Publishing Inc, New York, NY. 2011.

Kinnett DG, McMahon MA. Management of the Child with Spasticity. In CD Rudolph and AM Rudolph (eds): Rudolph’s Pediatrics 21st Ed, ch 6 Childhood Disability and Rehabilitation. McGraw-Hill Publishing Inc, New York, NY. 2002. pp 540-541.