Dr. Douglas G. Kinnett

June 3, 1956 - February 4, 2020

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Dr. Douglas G. Kinnett, beloved husband of Kathi (nee Buchanan), loving father of Kami (Rich) Nicholson and Kasi (Nate) Detmer, G-Pop of Walker and Piper Nicholson, Austin and Denver Detmer, brother of Laura (Rodney) Schwing and son of the late Mary and Gene Kinnett. Doug was a dedicated and compassionate physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He shared his love of family, basketball, beer and Larry Bird with everyone. His humor and love for his wife, kids, grandkids, family and friends was unmatched and will be greatly missed by countless people. The world will be a little darker without his light. Doug passed away on Tuesday February 4, 2020 at age 63 from complications of a rare blood disorder. Private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gene Kinnett Boy Scout Memorial Fund: please make checks payable to Kami Nicholson and send to:  Kami Nicholson, 10723 Lanyard Drive, Montgomery, OH, 45242 or to Stepping Stones (a disability services and support organization) at 5650 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 (steppingstonesohio.org). Condolences at hodappfuneralhome.com


Kasi - Mar 9, 2020
I haven’t been able to read these until now. Thank you for taking the time to share how my dad touched your lives. I knew him as dad and it amazing to see how he impacted others as Dr. Doug. Your stories, condolences, prayers and love are felt. Thank you for sharing ❤️
Kami - Feb 24, 2020
Thank you so much for all of the amazing stories and messages for my dad. They have meant so very much to our family are are saddened my dad won’t be there for you but so happy he touched yours lives. We really have been really touched by your thoughts and how much he meant to your lives. ❤️ -Kami (Doug’s daughter)
Michelle Dillingham - Feb 23, 2020
Dr. Kinnett was our son Michael's CP doctor for 22 years. We had just had our last session with him in late October as Michael was moving on to a new adult provider. We were really sad then, Michael had painted his portrait to give to him as a goodbye gift. We just want his loved ones to know what an incredible doctor he was to our son for just about his entire life. We offer our deepest condolences, and will forever keep him in our family's hearts.
Kevin - Feb 20, 2020
Our family extends deepest condolences to the Kinnett family. Dr. Kinnett treated our daughter, Kamryn for the last several years. He was also kind and gentle during our visits, and treated our family with decency and respect. Our family will miss him.
Gracie Lincoln - Feb 19, 2020
Doug has always been in my life. Both his daughters are two of my dear friends, we grew up on Saranac Ave in College Hill together. Doug has always been there for me, a rock of sorts. So strong and wise, he has been there for me always and this life will be different without him.
Gordon Burns - Feb 16, 2020
There really are no words for times like these. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.
Matt Justice - Feb 14, 2020
I’m in shock to here of this sad sad news. Dr. Kinnett took care of my son for 15+ years. He will surely be missed. To the Kinney family, you have our deepest condolences and our prayers.
Gillian Marksberry - Feb 13, 2020
Dr. Kinnett has cared for our daughter, Ella for the past 10 years. He was always attentive to her needs and genuinely listened and respected my input as her mother. He truly made a positive impact on Ella’s life and will be missed by us. Thank you to his family for sharing him with so many other children and their families. He had a gift and find comfort in knowing that he truly made a difference in this world. May time heal your heart and may you find peace in cherished memories. 💙
Margo Lowry - Feb 13, 2020
I am so sad to hear this news. Dr. Kinnett provided such great care for my daughter Keilah. My heart breaks for the family. I’m praying for comfort during this sad time.
DavId - Feb 13, 2020
Our deepest condolences. Dr Kinnett was a remarkable doctor. He was a doctor who understood my son David CP like noone else. He tried so many things to help my son. He cared he listen he loved his patients and he made me a parent feel like we aren't alone that he understood what noone else understood what we was unsure of. He will truly be missed
Cathy Cheever Breeden - Feb 13, 2020
I am so sad to hear this news. I went to St. Lawrence with Doug for 8 years. We were born on the same day at the same hospital. He was such a smart guy and so kind. The world has lost a star. Your family is in my prayers.
Samantha - Feb 13, 2020
Kathi, Kami, (and Kasi) Though I have never met Doug I can tell you that I know he was a tremendous man because of the way you ladies carry yourselves. The energy, passion, drive and love that you all have is so pure. I can see so clearly how much he loved you all, took care of you all, and supported you all through everything. You all are remarkable woman and I know that is a resemblance of the man Doug was to each of you. I am so saddened for your loss. My deepest sympathies. 🌹
Don & Sue Shrey - Feb 12, 2020
Our hearts go out to Kathi and the family. Doug's was a life well lived and a community well served. God bless.
Jason Mandry - Feb 12, 2020
Dr. Doug, I am being informal on purpose. I feel addressing you as Dr. Kinnett does not apply to you. I feel this way because most people would associate the term "Dr" with one specific field of expertise, and that was not you. You were an expert in caring. You were an expert in teaching. You were an expert at loving. You were just, loyal and honest. You defined yourself past what a piece of paper or title could ever come close to your acclomplishments in life. There will never be a test someone could pass to earn the title of "Dr. Doug" You held your highest title true to your heart. The title of Dad, Husband, and Grandfather the closest to your heart. That's what Dr. Doug is to me. Thank you for the footprints you left. You will be missed.
Alexandre' - Feb 12, 2020
To The Kinnett Family-- We want to offer our most heartfelt condolences to all of you upon the loss of Dr. Doug. He had been my son's physician since 1999. Dr. Doug was a kind, caring, compassionate man and a wonderful Doctor. My son Alexandre' suffered Severe Traumatic Brain Injury at age 13 and a half in 1999 and throughout that utterly devastating experience, Dr. Doug's calming and comforting manner, patience and extensive knowledge truly helped us to navigate the new life we had to embrace, now being the parents of a brain-injured child. He will be missed very much by us and especially by our son, who never wanted to see anyone else. He is heartbroken over the loss of his longtime friend, Dr. Doug. Our son Alex is 34 years old now, and as late as last year was still going to Children's Hospital to see Dr. Doug. Full of kindness, as was his custom, Dr. Doug always inquired if my husband and I were doing well, he wanted to know if we were OK. Our son had an appointment with him back in May 2019, and that would be the last time we would see Dr. Doug. I cannot overstate his attentiveness and understanding throughout the ensuing years as we asked questions and voiced concerns about our son's prognosis and the many changes he went through as he grew into an adult with brain injury. Dr. Doug always listened--and he always helped. We are so glad to have known him and we are sincerely thankful for the outstanding care our son Alexandre' received. We ask our Heavenly Father to grant you peace and strength as you journey forward.
Miss Sara Ann Selm AKA JAJS's Original Baby Girl - Feb 12, 2020
I have been his patient since I was 11 years old I am now 35 years old he has helped me gain maintain defend my independence in so many different ways throughout the years, I don’t think I would be here where I am without him.He was the best and he taught me how to be assertive when I need it I will miss him deeply.
Lois Schneider - Feb 12, 2020
I was so sad when my daughter called to tell me about Dr Kinnett. My daughter is 35 years old with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Dr Kinnett treated her ever since she was tiny. He was always so kind, compassionate, helpful and knew exactly what she needed. He was an excellent Dr and overall just a great person. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences for your family.
Misty Fresca - Feb 11, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Dr Kinnett cared for our daughter who is now 5. She was so proud to show him her yoga pose during our last visit. He had such a calm way and Maddie was always so comfortable with him. He always had a warm smile for her and encouragement for our family. He made a huge difference in this world and children he cared for. We will miss seeing him. Our deepest sympathies, The Fresca Family
Julie Chamberlin - Feb 11, 2020
To The Kinnett Family, Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. Dr. Kinnett was our daughter Lindsay Doctor. We first met him when she was 4yrs old. We travelled 2 1/2 hrs each visit to see him. She is 26 now , and that drive never got old. When you have a child with CP there are an endless amount of Drs you must see . But He was like no other . He was a blessing . He gave us hope when we were hopeless, He listened when we were use to feeling ignored. He always made time to talk to Lindsay when so many talked over her. He would patiently listen to her no matter how long it would take her to finally get a sentence out . He was her only Dr She couldn’t wait to see , even when he was giving her 24 Botox shots at one time, she would sit up and say “Thank You” He always smiled at her and would say “ Lindsay I really wish you wouldn’t thank me after having to give you all those shots!” But she never seemed to mind as long as it was him. Thank you for sharing him with so many families. The world was a better place with him in it. ... God Bless
Zachary Bratton and family - Feb 11, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. Dr Kinnett was a wonderful caring person and a great physician who took great care of my son since 1995 at Cincinnati Children’s. He was also so very compassionate and supportive when my husband (Zachary’s father) suddenly passed away 2 years ago. No words can express our sorrow for your family at this difficult time. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Tyler Gilkison - Feb 11, 2020
Thanks so much for my great care. Prayers for family and friends.
Susan Koller - Feb 10, 2020
Dear family Kinnett, No words can truly express how sad I am to hear about the passing of Dr. Kinnett. You have my deepest sympathies. I was incredibly blessed to be able to call him my doctor for 25 years. He was the best doctor I ever had. I would always say that going to see Dr. Kinnett was like going home. I will always consider him one of my biggest champions and advocates. I am very sad for all the kids who will not get to have him as a champion and advocate. Dr. Kinnett saw passed my cerebral palsy and saw me as a person. I knew that he very genuinely cared about all aspects of my life, not just my disability. When he was talking to you, you felt like the most important patient. I probably kept him too long on countless occasions by asking too many questions. However, he never seem to mind. I could write paragraphs about his wonderful qualities, but I am sure you know them all too well. As I said the last time I saw him in July, the phrase thank you was not enough for all he did for me. However, I wanted to thank all of you for sharing him with me and the rest of his patients. Sincerely, Susan Koller
Donald Carruthers - Feb 10, 2020
Doug was a great physician and teacher. He inspired not only myself, but many others to be the best physician they could. His empathy for his patients and dedication to his residents was unmatched. He will be greatly missed.
Shelly Gall - Feb 10, 2020
I am at a loss for words. Dr. Doug has been my daughter Hailey Rhonemus' rehab doctor for 24 years! He was an amazing man. Always thoughtful and willing to try almost anything we came up with. Since November we have seen him several times and he never let on. He will always be in our thoughts, as will your family. He will be truly missed. He was a great man and a great Doctor.
Cheryl - Feb 10, 2020
Kathi and family so sorry for your loss. Praying for you
Frank Dumont - Feb 10, 2020
God Bless Doug
Michele Laumer - Feb 9, 2020
Dear Kathi, Kari and Kasi, My deepest sympathy as you endure the loss of a very good man. I have memories of his kind and gentle, caring way with everyone. It always made me happy to think of your family and the live you shared. I know it’s been many years since our paths have crossed but I just wanted to reach out and send lots of Laumer love your way. May light and love surround you at this very hard time. ♥️
Claire - Feb 9, 2020
This is such a great loss. Dr. Kinnett was consistently kind, caring, helpful, thorough and for the 27 years he treated my son he just made his life better. He will be sorely missed and never ever forgotten.
Elena Nikolova - Feb 9, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Kinnett was my son's doctor for more than fourteen year. He was alway very attentive and kind. We will miss him dearly. Elena and Victor
Carrie Willis - Feb 9, 2020
So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts Bill& Carrie Willis
Melody Minger - Feb 8, 2020
So sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. Prayers and love to you and your family.
Karen - Feb 8, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I never personally met Dr Kinnett but my grandson did. Dr Kinnett was on the team that performed my grandson’s surgery in January. When my grandson was first diagnosed we were told he would never walk. My grandson is five weeks out of surgery and is already able to sit unassisted, bend his knees and using a gait trainer. Dr Kinnett changed my grandson’s life. I will pray for healing for your family.
Debby - Feb 8, 2020
My husband John & I, with our son AJ Ryan are so sorry to see this news. Dr Kinnett was such a blessing to our family for the past 25 years since AJ was born. He helped us navigate a complicated life with such wonderful advice and care. What a great Doctor and friend! May God bless his family at this difficult time. You are in our prayers.
Mitzi Hinton - Feb 8, 2020
Dear Kinnett Family, I want to send my condolences to you and let you know that Doug’s personality and work was far reaching. I have been a SLP at the Perlman Center for about 23 years and remember him coming to our center to discuss our patients with our treatment teams just to assure quality of care by making sure we all had our questions answered. He always smiled when passed in the hallways and was so loved by the parents of his precious patients! He will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered and a role model for any who worked with him.
Libby Willig-Kroner - Feb 8, 2020
Kathi, Kami and Kasi, I’m thinking of and praying for your family. Doug will be so missed by the patients and families whose lives he has touched, as well as the people who have worked with him. He has made so many meaningful contributions over the years. I’ve heard so many families comment on how patient he was and how he was a good listener. I will be thinking of all of you during this difficult time.
Christa Loschiavo - Feb 8, 2020
We are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a wonderful and compassionate man as he help my daughter with her CP. May he Rest In Peace.
Chet & Jamie - Feb 8, 2020
Dear Kathi , we just heard of Doug’s passing & are deeply saddened. Our thoughts are with you & if there is anything we can do for you at this time please let us know. ❤️
Georgianne Ciraolo - Feb 8, 2020
Dr. Kinnett has taken care of my daughter Lauren for over 15 years. He has always taken the time to answer all of our questions with all the understanding and compassion that anyone could have expected. He will be sadly missed by our family. Our prayers go out to everyone in the Kinnett family.
Jacki Millay - Feb 8, 2020
Dear Kathy, Kami, & Kasi & your entire extended family I am wishing you the greatest strength during this time of transition I hope that the soul is in comfort you can have with each other will deepen the love you already have and feel I was always grateful to have known you and Doug Truly his brilliant gentle kind compassionate soul will be missed yet his light carries on in another place Take very good care and may the abundant blessings of support from all around you somehow soften the edges of this sincerely Jacki
Karen Rizzo - Feb 8, 2020
Dear Kinnett Family, My prayers are for you and your family each day. I am a speech therapist at CCHMC and Dr. Kinnett was one of the first doctors I worked with on the Rehab unit in 1995. He was always so caring and interested in his patients and what they needed. He was a stellar example of how to care for kids in the hospital. Thank you God for Dr. Kinnett and the opportunity to know him. I lit a candle at church for him and your family this morning. May God bless you and grant you peace during this difficult time. ~Karen Rizzo
Charlie Draughn and mom , Sue - Feb 8, 2020
Kathi, my heart and prayers are with you all, we met at Junior School, then Doug became such an important part of Charlie’s comfort for 25 years. We would share family stories, info on how you were and kids, but he was so thrilled with the grands. After 25 years, he felt like family . He will be missed dearly.
Tara Pauley - Feb 8, 2020
Dr. Kinnett has been my doctor since I was 6 months old, and I am now going on 21. My heart breaks, for his family, and coworkers, and other patients he left behind. He was an intelligent man, who knew how to make complications, and painful events the most memorable. He had a way of making you happy even when you were in pain. I would always say when I saw him, do you feel old yet? Just because he has watched me grow to the independent woman I am today! You will be truly miss! I’m glad I got the chance to meet you! Thank you for everything. To his family thank you for sharing him with all of his patients and if you need anything please contact me!
Kimberly Lovings - Feb 8, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Kinnett had been my daughter’s doctor since 2007 and he was one of her favorites. It is wonderful to find a doctor that can so relate to a child with CP as well as their family. Thank you for sharing him with us all these years. You are all in our thoughts.
Roger W Nicholson - Feb 7, 2020
We are so happy to be a part of the Kinnett family when Rich and Kimi were married and we share 2 beautiful grandchildren with them Walker and Piper . Doug was such a loving grandpa and dad family was always first I will miss him My heart breaks for you all. You are in my prayers.
Jennifer Putnam - Feb 7, 2020
A friend of ours who is a nurse suggested I share this with you. We are praying for your family. Today was a rough one. Jayson Putnam and Aiden Putnam headed to Children’s early this morning for a rehab appointment. About a week ago, Children’s called to let us know that his appointment was being rescheduled with a different doctor because his regular doctor was no longer seeing patients that day. I got a little irritated with the lady on the phone. We schedule these appointments months in advance and I wanted Aiden to see “his doctor”. Honestly I was rude. And now I wish I could take that back. Aiden’s rehab doctor passed away suddenly this morning and I feel like we have lost a piece of our family. Dr. Kinnett has known the Putnams since we were a frantic mess just reaching for straws of normalcy. He has been with us through major accomplishments and has been there as we cried through all the pitfalls. He was our rock in a very crazy world post stroke. And now he is gone and we need to figure out the path without him. Aiden saw a new doctor today and the new doctor is very nice but he doesn’t “know” Aiden. He hasn’t been there for him the way Dr. Kinnett was. It was a rough appointment for Jayson and Aiden. So if you have a minute, say a prayer for Dr. Doug Kinnett and his family. He was a great man taken way too soon. Rest In Peace good doctor. Thanks for all your help.
Jennifer Dietsch - Feb 7, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. My son has seen Dr. Kinnett since he was a baby and he was always filled with compassion and hope. It’s rare to find a doctor who will listen to parents like he would and be open to different approaches to managing cerebral palsy. He’s left big shoes to fill in that department.
Jim & Krista Hennessy - Feb 7, 2020
Dear Kathi, We are so sorry for your loss. You have been such a blessing to us (and Isaac). We are praying for you at this sad time. God Bless. Jim & Krista
Jason Peck - Feb 7, 2020
I just wanted to share our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to your entire family. Dr Kinnett has been treating my 6 year old son since birth and we never felt better about things more than when we would meet with him. Such a caring, compassionate man whom we truly admired. We have been devastated since hearing this news. I like to think my son and the thousands of other patients of Dr K just got one heck of a guardian angel to watch over them
Kim Clements - Feb 7, 2020
I am so sorry for the passing of Dr. Kinnett. He loved and treated my daughter, Allyson, for over 15 years until she passed at 24 last May. My heart is broken. Please know all the good works he did for kids and how much he meant to us. What an amazing man and doctor. Prayers and blessings for all of you. ♥️🙏🏼
John Garner - Feb 7, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. I was a patient of Dr. Kinnett's and he was always very nice. He will be greatly missed.
Nathan Murphy - Feb 7, 2020
So sorry for your devastating loss. Dr. Kinnett treated my son for 18 years and we were heartbroken to hear the news. Is commapassion and skill as a doctor provided us the confidence we needed to care for Peyton and allowed to survive and thrive into adulthood with a quality of life that any person would envy. To us he is a huge part of our miracle and I am sure that Peyton is one of thousands of miracles that Dr. Kinnett was part of. He will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.