Kathy J. Rinnert, M.D., M.P.H., FACEP, has been involved in emergency medicine and emergency response since 1984 beginning her career as a Nationally Registered EMT/Paramedic with Southeast Ohio EMS (SEOEMS). She attended medical school at The Ohio State University (1991) and internship in Internal Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago (1992). She completed Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Chicago (1995) where she served as Chief Resident and Flight Surgeon for the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN). In this role she provided critical care helicopter transport services for the tri-state region comprised of Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.
Later, she completed a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Master’s of Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Pittsburgh (1997). While in Pittsburgh, she served as Flight Surgeon for STAT MedEvac providing helicopter transports in eastern Pennsylvania as well as fixed-wing services for transcontinental and international repatriation missions.
Dr. Rinnert is a Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). Her career has focused on EMS education, medical standard setting and accreditation, emergency management, and disaster response.
EMS Education: Dr. Rinnert has extensive experience in physician education in EMS and was responsible for the development and implementation of the EMS curriculum for the Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at UTSW. She is the current program director for the ACGME-accredited EMS Fellowship and responsible for the planning, development, and delivery of the program. The majority of program graduates have gone on to assume significant leadership roles in EMS Medical Direction in urban, suburban, and rural areas with fire-based, private, and third service agencies as well as academic institutions, law enforcement agencies, and the United States military.
She is nationally recognized for co-authoring the EMS Core Content and EMS Curriculum, two landmark documents instrumental in EMS physician education. As a member of the EMS Examination Committee (EEC) for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), she is responsible for the development of national board certification examinations in EMS.
Medical standard setting/accreditation: Dr. Rinnert has expertise in the accreditation of EMS education programs having served as a site reviewer for the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). In addition she has a longstanding commitment to ambulance accreditation through her work as a site reviewer, panel member, and member of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). CAAS is a non-profit, international accrediting agency for ambulance providers. Dr. Rinnert also works extensively with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) in standard setting and development of trauma systems in the United States.
Emergency management/disaster response: Dr. Rinnert is experienced in emergency management, emergency response, and management of acute illness and injury in austere environments. 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 emergency management and preparedness initiatives at the local, state, regional, and national levels acting as liaison and consultant to numerous government 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 serves as medical team manager for the Texas Urban Search and Rescue team (TXTF-1), one of twenty-nine national teams within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In her work with search and rescue, she has been involved in the surveillance, planning, positioning and operations of medical assets for high profile, national and international events 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), Hurricane Rita (2005, Texas Coast), and Arkansas Tornados (2014).
- Medical School
- Ohio State University Medical Center (1991)
- Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (1992), Internal Medicine
- University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1995), Emergency Medicine
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Montefiore/Presbyterian (1997), Emergency Medical Services
- Graduate School
- University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (1997)
- Disaster response, urban search and rescue
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
- Medical Education
- Medical standard setting, accreditation
- Tactical emergency medical support.
- Rinnert KJ, Hall WL Emerg. Med. Clin. North Am. 2002 Nov 20 4 929-52
- Bioterrorism and Risk Management
- Pepe PE, Rinnert KJ Dallas Medical Journal September 2002 88(9) 314-317
- Medical Risk Management of Bioterrorism
- Pepe PE, Rinnert KJ The International Lawyer Spring 2002 36(1) 9-20
- Terrorism Preparedness, Parkland Health and Hospital System Serves as National Model
- Rinnert KJ Dallas Medical Journal November 2001 87(11) 470-474
- An Approach to Terrorism Preparedness, Parkland Health and Hospital System
- Rinnert KJ Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings July 2001 14(3) 231-235
- Local perspectives on bioterrorism. An approach to terrorism preparedness: Parkland Health and Hospital System.
- Rinnert KJ Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent) 2001 Jul 14 3 231-5
- A descriptive analysis of air medical directors in the United States.
- Rinnert KJ, Blumen IJ, Gabram SG, Zanker M Air Med. J. 1999 Jan-Mar 18 1 6-11
- Preparing for a Terrorist Attack in Dallas County, Physicians Play a Key Role
- Rinnert KJ Dallas Medical Journal 1999 85 8 348-349
- A review of infection control practices, risk reduction, and legislative regulations for blood-borne disease: applications for emergency medical services.
- Rinnert KJ Prehosp Emerg Care 1998 Jan-Mar 2 1 70-5
- Risk reduction for exposure to blood-borne pathogens in EMS. National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians.
- Rinnert KJ, O'Connor RE, Delbridge T Prehosp Emerg Care 1998 Jan-Mar 2 1 62-6
Prehospital Therapy. In The Trauma Manual, 2nd Edition
Rinnert KJ, O'Toole KS (2002). Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Airway Management in the Trauma Patient. In The Trauma Manual, 2nd Edition
Vukmir RB, Rinnert KJ, Krugh JW (2002). Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Department Administration. In Preparing for the Written Board Exam in Emergency Medicine, Fourth Edition
Rinnert KJ, Miller A (2003). Milford, Ohio, EMEE
Occupational Exposures, Infection Control and Standard Precautions. In Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 6th Edition
Rinnert KJ (2004). New York, USA, McGraw-Hill
Hospital Preparedness. In Medical Response to Terrorism Preparedness and Clinical Practice
Rinnert KJ, Keyes DC (2005). Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Mass Fatality Incidents. In Medical Response to Terrorism Preparedness and Clinical Practice
Roppolo L, Rinnert KJ (2005). Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Education of the EMS Physician. In Emergency Medical Services: Clinical Practice and Systems Oversight, 4th Edition
Pepe PE, Fowler RL, Rinnert KJ (2009). Dubuque, IA, Kendal-Hunt
Honors & Awards
- Twenty Year Exemplary Service Award
Texas Task Force-1, Urban Search and Rescue Team, State of Texas (2017)
- Outstanding Service Award
American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) (2014)
- Exemplary Service Award
National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) (2012)
- Meritorious Service Award
Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) (2011)
- Ten Year Exemplary Service Award
Texas Task Force-1, Urban Search and Rescue Team, State of Texas (2007)
- Above and Beyond Award
Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas County Hospital District (2005)
- Ron Anderson Public Service Award
University of Texas Southwestern, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine (2005)
- James M. Atkins Public Safety Award
University of Texas Southwestern, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine (2004)
- 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)
- David Saylor Memorial Award
The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cardiovascular Teaching Laboratory (1991)
- American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) (2010-2020)
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) (2006-2020)
- American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) (2003-2020)
- Annals of Emergency Medicine (2003-2020)
- Comission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) (1998-2018)
- National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) (1995-2020)
- Urban Search and Rescue, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (1995-2020)
- American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) (1989-2018)