Kharma Foucher, MD, PhD

Kharma C Foucher

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

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Office Phone

312-355-3948

Office

1919 W. Taylor St., 647 AHSB

Mail Code

517

Office Hours

Fridays 1-2pm or by appointment

About

Dr. Foucher holds a BS in Engineering Sciences (Biomedical) from Harvard University and MD and PhD (Bioengineering) degrees from UIC's MD/PhD program. She has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition since 2013. She previously held faculty positions in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Foucher’s lab, the Biomechanics and Clinical Outcomes (BaCOs) Lab is dedicated to “patient-centered” biomechanics research. The BaCOs lab studies gait mechanics in hip osteoarthritis with the twin goals of understanding the mechanistic role of gait function (or dysfunction) in hip osteoarthritis, and improving outcomes in multiple domains (gait, clinical outcomes, quality of life, physical activity, etc.). Current projects include an NIH-funded study examining the impact of hip osteoarthritis-related gait impairment on walking energetics and physical activity, and ongoing work seeking modifiable factors associated with poor outcomes from total hip arthroplasty.

Dr. Foucher teaches tissue mechanics and gait mechanics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Selected Grants

National Institutes of Health/National Institue on Aging, Impact of osteoarthritis-related gait impairment on energy, fatigue, and physical activity, Principal Investigator

Publication Aggregators

Full publication list on PubMed

Notable Honors

2016 - Excellence in Basic, Clinical, and Translational Science, Journal of Orthopaedic Research

2014 - Best in Class Poster Award, Association of American Medical Colleges, Group on Faculty Affairs

Education

MD, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008
PhD, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006
SB, Engineering Sciences (Biomedical), Harvard University, 1996