Kharma Foucher, MD, PhD

Kharma C Foucher

Associate Dean, Research, College of Applied Health Sciences

Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

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Wednesday afternoons by appointment


Kharma Foucher, MD, PhD is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Applied Health Sciences and an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition with courtesy appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Physical Therapy. She is also the Director of Education and Professional Development in the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Her research uses biomechanics to understand, predict, and improve person-oriented osteoarthritis outcomes, including function, physical activity, and falls. Current projects include an NIH-funded clinical trial on a biomechanically-based intervention aimed at reducing fall rates after total knee arthroplasty. She teaches tissue mechanics and gait mechanics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Foucher is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, and is on the Board of Directors of the Orthopaedic Research Society as the Chair of the Community Council.

Selected Grants

National Institutes of Health/National Institue on Aging, Preoperative perturbation training to prevent falls after total knee arthroplasty, Principal Investigator

US Department of Defense, Improving Mobility and Function Following Transfemoral Amputation: A Novel Approach to Reverse Volumetric Muscle Loss, Co-Investigator

Publication Aggregators

Full publication list on PubMed

Leadership in the Profession

Orthopaedic Research Society, Community Council Chair, Board of Directors

Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Associate Editor

Notable Honors

2021 - Adele L. Boskey, PhD Award, Orthopaedic Research Society

2017 - Excellence in Clinical Science Award, Journal of Orthopaedic Research

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


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