John Kissel

John Kissel, MD

  • Neurology
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

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

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

Education and Training


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

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  • 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

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As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Kissel has reported no relationships with companies or entities.