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Physician, Division of Sports Medicine

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

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My Biography & Research


As a pediatric sports medicine physician, I treat musculoskeletal injuries and sports-related concussions in children and adolescents. I also specialize in injury prevention and wellness.

I’ve always enjoyed working with young people and chose this career because I believed I could make a more significant difference with pediatric patients compared to adults.

Before joining Cincinnati Children’s in 2018, I was the assistant team physician for Ohio Dominican University. I’m currently the team physician for Western Hills University High School, Gilbert A. Dater High School and James N. Gamble Montessori School.

In each of these positions, I work hard to provide individualized care to my patients.

When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking, running and traveling.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric musculoskeletal injuries; injury prevention; athlete wellness

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Sports Medicine

Research Divisions

Sports Medicine

My Locations

My Education

MD: The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2013.

Residency: Pediatrics, Phoenix Children's Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, 2016.

Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2018.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2016; Sports Medicine, 2018.

My Publications

A Hockey Player with Persistent Low Back Pain and Hamstring Inflexibility: Enthesitis-Related JIA. Kennedy, M; Logan, K. Back Pain in the Young Child and Adolescent. 2021.

Increasing Primary Care Follow-up after Preparticipation Physical Evaluations. Kennedy, M; Comer, F; Young, JA; Valasek, AE. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2020; 5.

Symptomatic Neck Pain: A Case Series of 2 Female Adolescent Athletes. Kennedy, M; Ravindarin, R; Valasek, AE. Clinical Pediatrics. 2019; 58:371-373.