Rochester, Minn


andrews.karen@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Karen L. Andrews, M.D., conducts research focused on the healing of chronic wounds, amputee rehabilitation and the prevention of circulatory complications in patients with diabetes.

Focus areas

  • Rehabilitation of older adults with peripheral arterial disease and amputation
  • Noncontact low-frequency ultrasound to enhance healing in chronic wounds
  • The use of transcutaneous oxygen pressure measurements to predict healing
  • Rehabilitation following high-level amputation
  • Prevention and management of foot complications in patients with diabetes
  • Transforming the robotic SoftHand into the prosthetic SoftHand Pro

Significance to patient care

The focus of Dr. Andrews' research is to avoid amputation for people at risk and to optimize function following amputation when required.

Professional highlights

  • Scientific reviewer, Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs — Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program, 2016
  • Executive board member, International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), 2015-present
  • Director, Vascular Ulcer/Wound Healing Clinic, Gonda Vascular Center, 2014-present
  • Member, ISPO Publications Committee, 2013-present
  • NIH grant reviewer, Development and Translation of Medical Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities — National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, 2011
  • Champion, Amputee Rehabilitation Services Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, 2010-2015
  • Director, Amputee Rehabilitation Service, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, 1995-present


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Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  1. Resident - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Michigan Medical Center
  2. Internship - Internal Medicine University of North Dakota
  3. MD University of North Dakota School of Medicine
  4. BA - Biochemistry Smith College

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