Tasos Karakostas

Tasos Karakostas, MPT, PhD

Associate Director
Adjunct Faculty for Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern

About Me

Dr. Karakostas’s professional activities in the field of motion analysis include the design of the Center for Clinical Rehabilitation and Assessment at TTUHSC, which involved setting up a gait evaluation laboratory and a balance assessment laboratory and designing a human performance laboratory, as well as consulting with architects on plans for a motion analysis laboratory at a TTUHSC satellite campus in Amarillo, Texas. In South Carolina, he designed, set up and directed the state-of-the-art motion analysis laboratory of the Medical University of South Carolina as a faculty member of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. He also designed and co-directed an animal motion analysis laboratory for the Program in Motion, Exercise and Rehabilitation Research at MUSC for translational studies. During his transition from Texas to South Carolina, he did his military service in Greece where he additionally consulted for the development and construction of a new rehabilitation unit at Panarcadian Hospital in Tripoli, Greece. While the primary focus of the work performed is on neuromusculoskeletal disorders, recently he has developed an interest in brain, cognition and lower extremity function.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1991 - 1993
    Biomechanics (MSc), Michigan State University
    1993 - 2001
    Engineering (PhD), Ohio State University
    2000 - 2003
    Physical Therapy (MPT), Texas Tech University

Recent Publications

Hip Power and "Stiff Knee" Gait: A Tool for Identifying Appropriate Candidates for Rectus Transfer.
Moreira BL, Karakostas T, Dias LS
Journal of pediatric orthopedics
doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001220
Stabilization of Cr-rich tannery waste in fly ash matrices.
Daniil A, Dimitrakopulos GP, Varitis S, Vourlias G, Kaimakamis G, Pantazopoulou E, Pavlidou E, Zouboulis AI, Karakostas T, Komninou P
Waste management & research : the journal of the International Solid Wastes and Public Cleansing Association, ISWA
doi: 10.1177/0734242X18775488

Honors & Awards

  • National Fellowship in Bioengineering
    Science and Engineering Research Council (Scotland, UK), 1988 - 1991
  • Faculty departmental honorary fellowship
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 2000 - 2003
  • Best paper award
    National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers, 2008
  • Best paper award
    American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists, 2015
  • Director, Clinical Gait Evaluation Program
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 2001 - 2003
  • Director, Instrumented Human Motion Analysis Program
    Medical University of South Carolina, 2006 - 2008
  • Director, Gait and Motion Analysis Program
    Departments of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Children's Memorial Hospital, 2009 - 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • Member
    Gait & Clinical Motion Analysis Society, 2009
  • Member
    American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1993
  • Member
    Society For Neuroscience, 2010
  • Member
    American Physical Therapy Association, 2000 - 2010
  • Member
    American Accademy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, 2009 - 2012
  • Student Member
    Amercian Society of Biomechanics, 1993 - 2000

Research Interests

  • Gait Analysis
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Diseases and Gait
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases and Gait
  • Motion Analysis of animals and humans

Selected Grants

  • National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research
    R01 H133E30009, 1993 - 1998
  • Department of Human Health Services/Adiminstration on Aging
    90AM2378, 2000 - 2002
  • National Institute of Aging
    RO1 AG12122, 2006 - 2011
  • South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund
    2005 - 2009
  • Shaw Foundation
    954070, 2010 - 2013

Computerized Motion Analysis Laboratory

This lab offers this sophisticated gait assessment through the use of specialized cameras, computer technology captures and measures muscle activity.

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