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Gary Mumaugh, DC, FACO

Assistant Professor of Biology & Biochemistry

BS, DC – Southern California University of Health Sciences

FACO – Fellow Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists

Contact Information

Nazareth Hall, N3039
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113


portrait of Gary Mumaugh

Gary Mumaugh, DC, FACO

Gary Mumaugh joined the UNW Biology Department in 2017, after 12 prior years teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. His entire background is clinically related as a Chiropractic Physician specializing in orthopedics and as a hospital chaplain. Gary practiced orthopedics for nearly three decades in California and Minnesota. He managed large multidiscipline offices dealing primarily with post-traumatic and athletic injuries.

Gary went to Bethel Seminary and became a Pastor and Hospital Chaplain for several years specializing in Pastoral Care and Crisis Intervention. He continues to take on-call as a Chaplain and Pastoral care Provider.

Gary has been teaching Anatomy, Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Biomedicine on several Twin Cities campuses since 2005. His approach to all his classes is clinically based. Every class focusses on the clinical significance of what was covered that day. He often discusses treatment and outcome options since 85% of his students are future health care providers.

Gary is fascinated by the majesty and wonder of God’s creation in the human body and how we are fearfully and wonderfully made. He is actively involved in the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society and has brought several of their teaching innovations to UNW. Gary is also just a little wacky and loves to bring active hands-on learning and humor in the classroom, which makes the subjects easier to learn. He guarantees students that they will have a great time in class and that learning will be fun and engaging.

Gary has been instrumental in the development of our new Human Biology Lab, which opened in Fall 2019. This state-of-the-art lab is equipped with Anatomage Digital Cadavers, Biopac Physiology Testing stations and hundreds of models and specimens for learning the intricacies of the human body. UNW has been recently approved to have human organs and human plastinates, which makes UNW’s Human Biology Lab one of the most advanced in the area. UNW is one of only three Universities in the state to be equipped with digital cadavers. Anatomy students are also given access to the Human Biology Lab and digital cadavers 24/7 to help them with mastery of the subject.

If you look at Gary, you will see that he looks a lot like Kris Kringle, which is true. He has been a professional Santa for several years to Children’s Hospital, the military, several corporations, and the Children’s Hospice. He usually visits with several thousand children every year. Gary has been married to Deb for 45 years and has four children and six grandchildren who call him “Pop Pop”.

Gary has a website for his classes which gets over one thousand hits per week.

Professor using life-sized digital cadaver to instruct students

Courses I Teach:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Cancer, Science, and Society
Students in 3D cadaver lab with professor and life-sized digital cadaver

Research Interests

Every year Gary leads research teams from UNW in a partnership with the Mayo Clinic. His teams are taught to do in depth analysis of scientific literature of specific clinical conditions and pathologies. UNW’s team was recently honored by Mayo and being one of the top research teams in the nation.

The research over the last several years has focused on Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. This year the research will focus on binge drinking, addiction and its relationship to brain neurotransmitters

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