James J. Kinderknecht, MD

Dr. Kinderknecht has spent the past 20 years caring for athletes of all ages and levels. His experience has included being one of the team physicians at the University of Missouri for the past 17 years, as well as serving as a team physician for several high schools. As such, he believes there is great value in youth sports and athletic activities.

In addition, Dr. Kinderknecht enjoys promoting the positive benefits of physical fitness to high-level endurance athletes as well as individuals who want to begin an exercise program. At HSS, Dr. Kinderknecht is also the program director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.


Assistant Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Faculty, Weill Cornell Medical College


Pediatric Sports Medicine

Special Expertise

Pre-adolescent and adolescent athletes
Health promotion


Elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 1998 to 2010
University of Missouri Faculty Teacher of the Year Award, Multiple Years
Missouri Athletic Trainer Association Award for Service, 2010
Physician representative for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification


American Medical Society of Sports Medicine
American College of Sports Medicine
American Academy of Family Medicine


Joint and soft tissue injections
Viscosupplementation knee injections
Compartment pressure measurements
Splinting and casting


MD, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1982 - 1986


Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, 1986 - 1987


Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona, 1987 - 1989


University of California, Los Angeles, 1989 - 1990


Family Medicine, Certified 1989, Recertified 1996, 2003
Sports Medicine, Certified 1995, Recertified 2005

State Licensure

New York, Missouri

James J. Kinderknecht, MD has contributed to the following articles on HSS.edu:

Selected Publications

Putukian M, et al: Mononucleosis and Athletic Participation: An Evidence-Based Subject Review. Clin J Sport Med 2008; 309-315.

Selected Books/Chapters

McKeag D., Kinderknecht J: Infectious Mononucleousis in the Athlete. Common Problems in Pediatric Sports Medicine. Edited by Smith, NJ. Year Book Medical Publishers.

Kinderknecht J: Head Injuries. Athletic Injuries and Rehabilitation. Edited by Zachazewski, JE, Magee DJ, Quillen WS. W.B. Saunders Co.

Kinderknecht J: Rotator Cuff. The Clinical Atlas of Office Procedures, Common Musculoskeletal Injuries. Edited by McShane JM. W. B. Saunders Co.

Kinderknecht J: Shoulder Pain. Twenty Common Problems in Sports Medicine. Edited by Puffer JC. McGraw – Hill.

Kinderknecht J: Infectious Mononucleosis and the Spleen: Return to Play. Current Sports Medicine Reports. Edited by Johnson RJ. Current Science.

Selected Presentations

Dr. Kinderknecht has been a frequent presenter at several regional and national sports medicine meetings.

Research Interests

Mono in the athlete
Early osteoarthritis of the knee/osteochondral defects
Anterior knee pain
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