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John Kissel
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I believe in providing optimized individual care, coupled with the best translational care that can bring advances in the laboratory to the bedside.

I specialize in neuromuscular disease, a field where most patients are “heroes” because they often deal with terrible diseases.

What I enjoy most about The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the multiple resources we can bring to help patients deal with their diseases. I have helped train some of the finest neuromuscular clinicians in the country.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading and watching movies. I’m passionate about great literature, especially James Joyce and William Shakespeare.


  • Principal investigator of NIH-funded NeuroNEXT grant
  • Conducts clinical trials in all three types of spinal muscular atrophy
  • Professor of neurology and pediatrics
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2015

Medical Degree

  • M.D.
    Northwestern University Medical School


  • Neurology
    Washington University Hospital
    1/1/1979 - 1/1/1982

Specialties and conditions I treat

  • Neurology
  • Muscle Spasticity
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lupus Vasculitis, Central Nervous System
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
  • Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathies
  • Myasthenic Syndromes, Congenital
  • Myelitis, Transverse
  • Spastic Paraplegia, Hereditary
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxias
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Myositis
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Leukoencephalitis, Acute Hemorrhagic
  • Vasculitis, Central Nervous System
  • Encephalomyelitis, Autoimmune, Experimental
  • Myelitis
  • Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Polyradiculoneuropathy
  • Polyradiculoneuropathy, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating
  • Stiff-Person Syndrome
  • MELAS Syndrome
  • Miller Fisher Syndrome
  • Spinocerebellar Degenerations
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome
  • Paraparesis, Tropical Spastic
  • Bulbo-Spinal Atrophy, X-Linked
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophies of Childhood
  • Machado-Joseph Disease
  • Subacute Combined Degeneration
  • Kearns-Sayre Syndrome
  • Ophthalmoplegia, Chronic Progressive External
  • Hereditary Sensory and Motor Neuropathy
  • Alstrom Syndrome
  • Giant Axonal Neuropathy
  • Refsum Disease
  • Dysautonomia, Familial
  • Amyloid Neuropathies
  • Amyloid Neuropathies, Familial
  • Myotonia Congenita
  • Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Bulbar Palsy, Progressive
  • Neuromuscular Manifestations
  • Fasciculation
  • Muscle Cramp
  • Muscle Hypertonia
  • Muscle Rigidity
  • Muscle Hypotonia
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Muscular Atrophy
  • Sarcopenia
  • Myokymia
  • Myotonia
  • Spasm
  • Isaacs Syndrome
  • Distal Myopathies
  • Muscular Dystrophies, Limb-Girdle
  • Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne
  • Muscular Dystrophy, Facioscapulohumeral
  • Muscular Dystrophy, Oculopharyngeal
  • Sarcoglycanopathies
  • Muscular Dystrophy, Emery-Dreifuss
  • Myopathies, Nemaline
  • Myopathy, Central Core
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Myositis, Inclusion Body
  • Orbital Myositis
  • Polymyositis
  • Pyomyositis
  • Myotonic Disorders
  • Paralyses, Familial Periodic
  • Paralysis, Hyperkalemic Periodic
  • Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis
  • Muscular Disorders, Atrophic
  • Neuromuscular Junction Diseases
  • Botulism
  • Myasthenia Gravis, Autoimmune, Experimental
  • Myasthenia Gravis, Neonatal
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Diabetic Neuropathies
  • Femoral Neuropathy
  • Mononeuropathies
  • Median Neuropathy
  • Radial Neuropathy
  • Sciatic Neuropathy
  • Piriformis Muscle Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tibial Neuropathy
  • Ulnar Neuropathies
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression Syndromes
  • Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Cervical Rib Syndrome
  • Brachial Plexus Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis, Autoimmune, Experimental
  • Pain Insensitivity, Congenital
  • Alcoholic Neuropathy
  • Paraneoplastic Polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathies
  • POEMS Syndrome
  • Polyradiculopathy
  • Tangier Disease
  • Radiculopathy
  • Muscular Atrophy, Spinal
  • Muscular Diseases
  • Mitochondrial Myopathies
  • Myopathies, Structural, Congenital
  • Brachial Plexus Neuropathies
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Neurilemmoma
  • Adrenoleukodystrophy
  • Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome
  • Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
  • AIDS Arteritis, Central Nervous System
  • Neurofibrosarcoma
  • Neuralgia
  • Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome
  • Trismus
  • Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathies
  • MERRF Syndrome
  • TDP-43 Proteinopathies
  • Nervous System Autoimmune Disease, Experimental
  • Mevalonate Kinase Deficiency
  • Friedreich Ataxia
  • Myoclonic Cerebellar Dyssynergia
  • Olivopontocerebellar Atrophies
  • Pneumorrhachis
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tabes Dorsalis
  • Neurofibroma, Plexiform
  • Shy-Drager Syndrome
  • Somatosensory Disorders
  • Hyperalgesia
  • Hyperesthesia
  • Hypesthesia
  • Paresthesia
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
  • Acrodynia
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes
  • Causalgia
  • Neuralgia, Postherpetic
  • Neurofibromatosis 1
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Peroneal Neuropathies
  • Neuromuscular Diseases

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Locations where I practice

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My background

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Subspecialty: Neurology)

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Subspecialty: Neuromuscular Medicine)

My Department


Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies, etc. because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 03/25/2016, Dr. Kissel has reported financial relationships with the medical device, research and/or drug companies, etc. listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office at 614-293-7802.

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Guidepoint Global
  • Kansas University Medical Center
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Oxford University Press