Dr. Rinnert has been involved in emergency medicine and emergency response since 1984 beginning her career as a Nationally Registered EMT/Paramedic for Southeast Ohio EMS (SEOEMS). She attended medical school at The Ohio State University and performed an internship in Internal Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago. She then completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Chicago where she served as Chief Resident and flight physician for the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN) providing critical care transport services for the tri-state region comprised of Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Later, she simultaneously completed a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Pittsburgh. While in Pittsburgh, she served as flight physician for STAT MedEvac providing helicopter transport in eastern Pennsylvania as well as fixed-wing services for transcontinental and international patient transports. Currently as Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW), Dr. Rinnert provides EMS education and mentoring for paramedic students, emergency medicine residents, and fellows. In her role as Associate EMS Medical Director in the UTSW/BioTel EMS system, she oversees the training and medical practice of approximately 1,700 paramedics operating in urban, suburban, and rural environments. Dr. Rinnert has extensive experience in the accreditation of EMS education programs serving as a site reviewer for the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). In addition she has valuable insight into ambulance accreditation through her extensive service as a site reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). She is currently the physician representative on the CAAS Panel of Commissioners (POC) which accredits ambulance providers in the United States and Canada. Dr. Rinnert has extensive experience in emergency management, emergency response, medical management of acute illness and injury, and standards setting. She has been intimately involved in domestic preparedness efforts for both municipalities and hospital agencies, drafting the nationally recognized preparedness plans for the Parkland Health and Hospital Systems. She has contributed extensively to counterterrorism and preparedness initiatives at the local, state, regional, and national levels acting as liaison and consultant to numerous agencies including the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Secret Service, United States Public Health Service, the Texas Medical Association, Dallas County Health Department, Dallas County Medical Society, Dallas/ Fort Worth Hospital Council, and the City of Dallas Emergency Management. Dr. Rinnert currently serves as the physician director for the Texas Urban Search and Rescue team, one of twenty-eight national teams within Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She has extensive experience in the surveillance, planning, and positioning of medical assets for high profile, national and international venues including; World Cup Soccer (1995, Chicago), Summer Olympic Games (1996, Atlanta), Winter Olympic Games (2002, Salt Lake City), Columbia Shuttle Recovery (2003, East Texas), Hurricane Katrina (2005, Gulf Coast) and Hurricane Rita (2005, Texas Coast). Dr. Rinnert has been active in committee work with appointments to federal grant projects spearheaded by agencies such as the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE), the National Association of State EMS Officials (NAEMSO), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


Medical School Ohio State University College of Medicine (1991)
Internship Loyola University (1992), Internal Medicine
Residency University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1995), Emergency Medicine
Fellowship University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Montefiore/Presbyterian (1997), Emergency Medicine
Graduate School University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (1997)

Research Interest

  • Descriptive study of physician medical directors of emergency air medical services in the United States
  • Effect of basing emergency air medical services in rural areas: trauma transfer times
  • Effects of continuous hemorrhage on hemodynamics, oxygenation and hemorrhage flow in an uncontrolled continuous hemorrhage model of fatal hemorrhagic shock
  • Variability of state-approved emergency medical services drug formularies


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Occupational Exposures, Infection Control and Standard Precautions
Rinnert KJ Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 6th ed 2004 Chapter 154, In Press
Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Department Administration
Rinnert KJ, Miller A Preparing for the Written Board Exam in Emergency Medicine 2003 4th ed, Vol II 789-821
Tactical Emergency Medical Support
Rinnert KJ, Hall WL Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, Advances in Prehospital Care November 2002 20(4) 931-954
Airway Management in the Trauma Patient
Vukmir RB, Rinnert KJ, Krugh JW The Trauma Manual 2002 2nd ed 88-96
Prehospital Therapy
Rinnert KJ, O'Toole KS The Trauma Manual 2002 2nd ed 42-54

Honors & Awards

  • Above and Beyond Award
    Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas County Hospital District (2005)
  • Above and Beyond Award
    Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas County Hospital District (2000)
  • Award of Excellence in Emergency Medicine Research
    The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine (1991)
  • Award of Excellence in Emergency Medicine Research
    The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine (1991)
  • The David Saylor Memorial Award
    The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cardiovascular Teaching Laboratory (1991)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
  • National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)