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.
- 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.
- 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