Robert Rinaldi, M.D.

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring
  • Neuromuscular diseases

Biography

Robert Rinaldi, M.D., is a Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in pediatric rehabilitation medicine.

Dr. Rinaldi earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital, followed by a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Rinaldi is the Director of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Fellowship, Co-Founder of the Adaptive Sports Coalition, and a member of the General Medical Education Program Director Committee.

In addition, Dr. Rinaldi is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Health, Medical Director of the Children’s Health Specialty Center in Cityville, and a member of the Children’s Health Neurosciences Leadership Committee. His clinical interests include rehabilitation management of neuromuscular diseases, rehabilitation management of peripheral nerve injuries, and intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring.

Nationally, Dr. Rinaldi is Co-Chair of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Pediatric Practice Area Committee and a member of the organization’s BOLD Steering Committee. He also serves on the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Centers of Excellence Treatment Guideline Curation & Development Workgroup and is an ad hoc reviewer for the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.

He has lectured widely and published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to his areas of clinical and research expertise. His research focuses primarily on rehabilitation management of brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries. His recent publications include the Handbook of Pediatric Rehabilitation, of which he is co-editor.

Dr. Rinaldi has been named among the Best Doctors in America since 2009, and among Texas Monthly Magazine’s Top Doctors since 2017.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (1987-1991)
  • Residency - Children's Mercy Hospital (1991-1994), Pediatrics
  • Residency - University of Kansas Medical Center (1994-1997), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
Honors & Awards
  • Top Doctors in Texas 2017-2021, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Best Doctors in America 2009-2021, Best Doctors in America
  • Kansas City Super Doctors 2009-2015, Kansas City Magazine
  • Mercy Golden Apple Mentor Award 2011, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics
  • Faculty Excellence Award 2009, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Books & Publications
  • Books
    • Evaluation and Rehabilitation Management of Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders in Pediatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practice, 6th Edition
      Rinaldi RJ, Skalsky A, Chaviano KN (2020), New York, NY, Springer Publishing
    • Pediatric Rehabilitation: An Overview of Problems and Outcomes in Principles of Rehabilitation Medicine: Board Review Companion Handbook
      Rinaldi RJ, and Srinivasan R (2020), New York, NY, McGraw-Hill
    • Pediatric Rehabilitation: An Overview of Problems and Outcomes in Principles of Rehabilitation Medicine
      Rinaldi RJ, and DiChiaro M (2018), New York, NY, McGraw-Hill
    • Assessment and Management of Sports Concussion in Rehabilitation after Traumatic Brain Injury
      Rinaldi RJ, Bell KB, and Didehbani N (2018), Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier Publishing
    • Neonatal Brachial Plexus Injury in AAPMR KnowledgeNow e-publication
      Rinaldi RJ (2011)
    • Cerebral Palsy in AAPMR KnowledgeNow e-publication
      Rinaldi RJ (2011)
    • Osteoid Osteoma in Common Problems in Rehabilitation Medicine: Pediatrics
      Rinaldi RJ (2010), Demos Medical Publishing
    • Klippel-Feil Syndrome in Common Problems in Rehabilitation Medicine: Pediatrics
      Rinaldi RJ (2010), Demos Medical Publishing
  • Publications
Research
  • Rehabilitation management of brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries

Clinical Focus

  • Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Peripheral nerve injuries

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