- Medical School - Ohio State University Medical Center (1987-1991)
- Internship - Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (1991-1992), Internal Medicine
- Residency - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1992-1995), Emergency Medicine
- Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Montefiore/Presbyterian (1995-1997), Emergency Medical Services
- Graduate School - University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (1995-1997)
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).
- Urban Search and Rescue, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (1995-2020), Texas Task Force-1, Medical Team Manager
- American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) (1989-2018), Member, Fellow (FACEP)
- National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) (1995-2020), Council of EMS Fellowship Directors
- American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) (2010-2020), EMS Examination Committee (EEC)
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS) (2006-2020), State trauma center site reviewer
- American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) (2003-2020), Trauma Systems Consultant
- Annals of Emergency Medicine (2003-2020), Editorial Board; Department Editor-Change of Shift
- Comission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) (1998-2018), Board of Directors, Chair
- James M. Atkins Public Safety Award 2004, University of Texas Southwestern, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine
- David Saylor Memorial Award 1991, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cardiovascular Teaching Laboratory
- Meritorious Service Award 2011, Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS)
- Award of Excellence in Emergency Medicine Research 1991, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
- Ron Anderson Public Service Award 2005, University of Texas Southwestern, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine
- Exemplary Service Award 2012, National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
- Ten Year Exemplary Service Award 2007, Texas Task Force-1, Urban Search and Rescue Team, State of Texas
- Above and Beyond Award 2000, Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas County Hospital District
- Twenty Year Exemplary Service Award 2017, Texas Task Force-1, Urban Search and Rescue Team, State of Texas
- Outstanding Service Award 2014, American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM)
Mass Fatality Incidents in Medical Response to Terrorism Preparedness and Clinical Practice
Roppolo L, Rinnert KJ (2005), Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
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), Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Prehospital Therapy in The Trauma Manual, 2nd Edition
Rinnert KJ, O'Toole KS (2002), Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Airway Management in the Trauma Patient in The Trauma Manual, 2nd Edition
Vukmir RB, Rinnert KJ, Krugh JW (2002), 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
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
- Mass Fatality Incidents in Medical Response to Terrorism Preparedness and Clinical Practice
Medical Risk Management of Bioterrorism
Pepe PE, Rinnert KJ The International Lawyer Spring 2002 36(1) 9-20
Catastrophic Care: When Hospitals are Overwhelmed
Nemeth IR, Rinnert KJ, Swienton RE, Pepe PE European Hospital 2006 15 1 10-11
Preparing for a Terrorist Attack in Dallas County
Rinnert KJ The Safety Net 1999 Fall/Winter 13 3 19-22
Alternate site surge capacity in times of public health disaster maintains trauma center and emergency department integrity: Hurricane Katrina.
Eastman AL, Rinnert KJ, Nemeth IR, Fowler RL, Minei JP The Journal of trauma 2007 Aug 63 2 253-7
Catastrophic Anachronisms: The Past, Present and Future of Disaster Medicine
Rinnert KJ, Wigginton JG, Pepe PE Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2006 43 761-772
Evolution of statewide EMS drug formularies and regulations.
Lubin JS, Delbridge TR, Rinnert KJ, Platt TE Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors 2005 Apr-Jun 9 2 176-80
An ounce of prevention...
Delbridge TR, Rinnert KJ Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine 1996 Jul 3 7 653-4
An Approach to Terrorism Preparedness, Parkland Health and Hospital System
Rinnert KJ Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings July 2001 14(3) 231-235
Tactical Emergency Medical Support
Rinnert KJ, Hall WL Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, Advances in Prehospital Care November 2002 20(4) 931-954
Development of an EMS Curriculum.
Brice JH, Perina DG, Liu JM, Braude DA, Rinnert KJ, Macdonald RD Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors 2013 Oct
Local perspectives on bioterrorism. An approach to terrorism preparedness: Parkland Health and Hospital System.
Rinnert KJ Proceedings (Baylor University. Medical Center) 2001 Jul 14 3 231-5
The core content of emergency medical services medicine.
Perina DG, Pons PT, Blackwell TH, Bogucki S, Brice JH, Cunningham CA, Delbridge TR, Gausche-Hill M, Gerard WC, Gratton MC, Mosesso VN, Pirrallo RG, Rinnert KJ, Sahni R, Harvey AL, Kowalenko T, Buckendahl CW, O'Leary LS, Stokes M Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors 2012 Jul-Sep 16 3 309-22
Risk reduction for exposure to blood-borne pathogens in EMS. National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians.
Rinnert KJ, O'Connor RE, Delbridge T Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors 1998 Jan-Mar 2 1 62-6
Terrorism Preparedness, Parkland Health and Hospital System Serves as National Model
Rinnert KJ Dallas Medical Journal November 2001 87(11) 470-474
The Effectiveness of Bystander CPR in an Animal Model
Hoekstra JW, Rinnert K, Van Lighten P, Neumar R, Werman HA, Brown CG Annals of Emergency Medicine 1990 19 881-886
Bioterrorism and Risk Management
Pepe PE, Rinnert KJ Dallas Medical Journal September 2002 88(9) 314-317
Attitudes of urban and suburban paramedics toward EMS physician field response
Goodloe JM, Rinnert KJ, Zachariah BS Prehospital Emergency Care 1998 3 1 90
Conductive electrical devices: a prospective, population-based study of the medical safety of law enforcement use.
Eastman AL, Metzger JC, Pepe PE, Benitez FL, Decker J, Rinnert KJ, Field CA, Friese RS The Journal of trauma 2008 Jun 64 6 1567-72
Tactical emergency medical support.
Rinnert KJ, Hall WL Emergency medicine clinics of North America 2002 Nov 20 4 929-52
A review of infection control practices, risk reduction, and legislative regulations for blood-borne disease: applications for emergency medical services.
Rinnert KJ Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors 1998 Jan-Mar 2 1 70-5
A descriptive analysis of air medical directors in the United States.
Rinnert KJ, Blumen IJ, Gabram SG, Zanker M Air medical journal 1999 Jan-Mar 18 1 6-11
Outdated Concepts in Management of Disasters
Rinnert KJ, Wigginton JG, Pepe PE China Journal of Emergency Resuscitation and Disaster Medicine 2006 1 14-16
Pepe PE, Rinnert KJ, Wigginton JG Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2006 43 257-270
Preparing for a Terrorist Attack in Dallas County, Physicians Play a Key Role
Rinnert KJ Dallas Medical Journal 1999 85 8 348-349
Altitude physiology and the stresses of flight.
Blumen IJ, Rinnert KJ Air medical journal 1995 Apr-Jun 14 2 87-100
- Medical Risk Management of Bioterrorism
- Medical standard setting, accreditation
- Medical Education
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
- Disaster response, urban search and rescue