Dr. Abigail Kissel was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended college at Northwestern University where she majored in biology (subfield: molecular genetics) and psychology. She then attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and Pediatric residency at UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center Dallas. She was chief resident for the Pediatric program at UTSouthwestern and Children's Medical Center Dallas. She spent time working with the newly formed Complex Care Medical Services clinic because of her interest in integrating and centralizing care for our most complex and chronic care patients, and she now works in the Adolescent Clinic because of her interest in behavior and development and the unique medical challenges and educational opportunities associated with this population.


Northwestern Univ (2006), Biology
Northwestern Univ (2006), Psychology
Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine (2010), Medicine

Research Interest

  • Behavior and development in chronically ill children
  • Factors affecting behavior and development in adolescent youth


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Efficacy and tolerability of pregabalin in essential tremor: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial.
Ferrara JM, Kenney C, Davidson AL, Shinawi L, Kissel AM, Jankovic J J. Neurol. Sci. 2009 Oct 285 1-2 195-7
A population-based study of parkinsonism in an Amish community.
Racette BA, Good LM, Kissel AM, Criswell SR, Perlmutter JS Neuroepidemiology 2009 33 3 225-30
High dose botulinum toxin A for the treatment of lower extremity hypertonicity in children with cerebral palsy.
Willis AW, Crowner B, Brunstrom JE, Kissel A, Racette BA Dev Med Child Neurol 2007 Nov 49 11 818-22

Honors & Awards

  • Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Grant Recipient
    American Academy of Pediatrics (2012)
  • Excellence in Advocacy
    UT Southwestern/Children's Residency Program (2012-2013)
  • Senior Educator of the Year
    UT Southwestern/Children's Residency Program (2012-2013)
  • Intern of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence
    UT Southwestern/Children's Residency Program (2010-2011)
  • Gold Humanism in Medicine Society Induction
  • Alpha Omega Honor Society
    Northwestern University (2006)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Texas Pediatric Society