Kharma Foucher, MD, PhD

Kharma C Foucher

Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

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1919 W. Taylor St., 647 AHSB

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Monday 2-3 pm or by appointment


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 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

Applied Health Sciences Interdisciplinary Pilot Grant, Predicting mechanical and clinical outcomes of total hip arthroplasty, Principal Investigator

UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, Impact of obesity, fatigue, and strength on physical activity in people with knee OA, Principal Investigator

Publication Aggregators

Full publication list on PubMed

Leadership in the Profession

NIH, Regular Member Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences (MRS) Study Section

Orthopaedic Research Society, Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

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