Gregory M. Karst, Ph.D., P.T.

Faculty Fellow | Executive Associate Dean | College of Allied Health Professions

University of Nebraska Medical Center



After receiving his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy he practiced in Tucson, Ariz., before completing his master’s degree. During his doctoral study his research focus was neural control of human movement. He was on faculty at UW-Madison prior to coming to UNMC in 1992, and served as associate director of PT Education before taking his current position.

A first generation college attendee from rural central Kansas, Dr. Karst is committed to reducing geographic and socioeconomic barriers to becoming a heath care professional by making health professions education more accessible to all Nebraskans. He was involved in all aspects of the planning, design and construction of the Health Science Education Complex on the UNK campus, thus expanding UNMC health professions programs from Omaha to Kearney.


  • Master’s degree, physiology, University of Arizona
  • Doctorate degree, physiology, University of Arizona


  • “Opening Windows and Doors to Health Care Careers in Rural Nebraska Communities” USDA Rural Community Development Grant; $250,000; PI – GM Karst; eligible but not funded due to limited USDA funds; 2016
  • “Promoting IOM Core Competencies through Interprofessional, Digital Case Scenarios.” Kelly Foundation; $28,000; KP Meyer (PI), GM Karst (I); 2008-9
  • “A novel method of quantifying balance impairment in persons with MS” National MS Society; $25,000; AE Tyler (PI), GM Karst (Co-I); 2000-1


  • Physiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Academic Administration


  • Inaugural Member, UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators, April 2015
    Fellow, Educational Leadership Institute, American Physical Therapy Association, 2014-15
  • Golden Synapse Award, Neurology Section, American Physical Therapy Association, 2005