About Me

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
  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors,” 2015–2018
  • Best Doctor in America, 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • 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

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

Northwestern University Medical School


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


Neuromuscular Disease
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
7/1/1982 - 7/1/1983

Muscular Dystrophy
Muscular Dystrophy Association
7/1/1983 - 7/1/1985

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Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Subspecialty: Neurology)

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

My Department



60 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.8
  • Listens Carefully 4.8
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.6
  • Knows My Medical History 4.4
  • Shows Respect 4.9
  • Time Spent Together 4.7

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2018

Good at explaining.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2018

Dr Kissel is always courteous and informative. He always listens to my questions and answers them.

Reviewed on May 06, 2018

coolest Dr. I've had

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2018

Dr. Kissel, Jennifer & Brenda (genetics) and Dr. Robinson spent a lot of time answering our questions and researching materials.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2018

All was professional.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2018

Dr. Kissell is extremely knowledgeable, effective and light hearted. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give him an 11.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2018

Dr. Kissel is wise, kind, approachable, knowledgeable and professional. He is the "Marty Poppins" of neurology - Practically perfect in every way!!

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2018

Patients & kind. No easy answers to my _____, complex health, but he is trying to help. I'm grateful.

Reviewed on Feb 08, 2018

I feel truly blessed to have such a dr. as Dr. Kissel. I have been seeing him for app. 20 yrs. & am more than satisfied w/his knowledge & care.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2018

Dr. Kissel is excellent at explaining his diagnosis in easy to understand terms. Certainly meets patient at his/her level.

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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 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 03/26/2018, Dr. Kissel has reported relationships with the companies or entities 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 614-293-8000.

  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals
  • Genzyme Corporation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Novartis
  • Oxford University Press
  • AveXis, Inc.
  • CSL Behring
  • Cytokinetics, Inc.
  • Acceleron Pharma
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • aTyr Pharmaceuticals
  • International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • University of Maryland