Karen Kowalske, M.D.

Professor & Chairman

Endowed Title: Charles and Peggy Galvin Professorship in Physical Medicine; North Texas Burn Rehabilitation Model System

Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Professor and Chair, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Board certified in Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Clinical/research interests include musculoskeletal, outcomes after burn neuropathy, outcomes after aneurysm clipping, traumatic brain injury rehab, burn rehab, diabetic foot ulcerations, amputations.


Medical School University of Florida, College of Medicine (1986)
Internship Thomas Jefferson University (1987), Internal Medicine
Residency Thomas Jefferson University (1990), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Clinical Interests

Burn Rehabilitation & Wound Management
  • Amputations & Amputees
  • Burn Wound Care
  • Medication Management for Burns
  • Peripheral Neuropathy Related to Burns
  • Scarring or Other Late Effects of Burns
Trauma Rehabilitation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Research Interests

  • Amputations
  • Burns and Wound Care
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


Featured Publications Legend

Featured Publications

American burn association consensus statements.

Gibran NS, Wiechman S, Meyer W, Edelman L, Fauerbach J, Gibbons L, Holavanahalli R, Hunt C, Keller K, Kirk E, Laird J, Lewis G, Moses S, Sproul J, Wilkinson G, Wolf S, Young A, Yovino S, Mosier MJ, Cancio LC, Amani H, Blayney C, Cullinane J, Haith L, Jeng JC, Kardos P, Kramer G, Lawless MB, Serio-Melvin ML, Miller S, Moran K, Novakovic R, Potenza B, Rinewalt A, Schultz J, Smith H, Dylewski M, Wibbenmeyer L, Bessey PQ, Carter J, Gamelli R, Goodwin C, Graves T, Hollowed K, Holmes J, Noordenbas J, Nordlund M, Savetamal A, Simpson P, Traber D, Traber L, Nedelec B, Donelan M, Baryza MJ, Bhavsar D, Blome-Eberwein S, Carrougher GJ, Hickerson W, Joe V, Jordan M, Kowalske K, Murray D, Murray VK, Parry I, Peck M, Reilly D, Schneider JC, Ware L, Singer AJ, Boyce ST, Ahrenholz DH, Chang P, Clark RA, Fey R, Fidler P, Garner W, Greenhalgh D, Honari S, Jones L, Kagan R, Kirby J, Leggett J, Meyer N, Reigart C, Richey K, Rosenberg L, Weber J, Wiggins B J Burn Care Res 2013 Jul-Aug 34 4 361-85

Treatment effect versus pretreatment recovery in persons with traumatic brain injury: a study regarding the effectiveness of postacute rehabilitation.

Hayden ME, Plenger P, Bison K, Kowalske K, Masel B, Qualls D PM R 2013 Apr 5 4 319-27; quiz 327

Validity and Reliability of the FIM® Instrument in the Inpatient Burn Rehabilitation Population.

Gerrard P, Goldstein R, Divita MA, Ryan CM, Mix J, Niewczyk P, Kazis L, Kowalske K, Zafonte R, Schneider JC Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2013 Mar

The impact of comorbidities and complications on burn injury inpatient rehabilitation outcomes.

Schneider JC, Gerrard P, Goldstein R, Divita MA, Niewczyk P, Ryan CM, Kowalske K, Zafonte R PM R 2013 Feb 5 2 114-21

Select practices in management and rehabilitation of burns: a survey report.

Holavanahalli RK, Helm PA, Parry IS, Dolezal CA, Greenhalgh DG J Burn Care Res 2011 Mar-Apr 32 2 210-23

Long-term outcomes in patients surviving large burns: the skin.

Holavanahalli RK, Helm PA, Kowalske KJ J Burn Care Res 2010 Jul-Aug 31 4 631-9

Outcome assessment after hand burns.

Kowalske K Hand Clin 2009 Nov 25 4 557-61

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Featured Books Legend

Featured Books


  • Consumer's Guide to America's Top Physicians
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors
  • Texas Super Doctor
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Best Doctors in Dallas
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers
  • Who's Who Among US Physicians
  • Best Doctors in America, SW Region
  • Top 100 Doctors in Dallas
    Voted by physician colleagues (1996-2007)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Burn Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex PM&R Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation