Meet Dr. Karen Kowalske Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist in Dallas

Holder of the:
Charles and Peggy Galvin Professorship in Physical Medicine
North Texas Burn Rehabilitation Model System

Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Karen Kowalske has treated patients with virtually every type of injury and medical condition since she joined the UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty in 1990.

Dr. Kowalske’s area of expertise is helping patients recover and regain function after suffering complicated catastrophic injuries, including burns and complex wounds.

She also treats people who have had strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and amputations and those with certain neuromuscular diseases.

In addition, Dr. Kowalske is one of the region’s few physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists who treats recovered polio patients .

Dr. Kowalske is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and has subspecialty certification in brain injury medicine.

Making Lives Better

Named both a Texas Monthly Super Doctor and a D Magazine Best Doctor many times, Dr. Kowalske finds her work very gratifying.

“Helping people recover, regain their quality of life, and move on with their lives after a life-altering medical event is incredibly rewarding,” she says.

“I enjoy spending time with my patients, listening to their concerns and challenges, and brainstorming with them to solve problems and make their lives better.”