Tasos Karakostas

Title: Associate Director
Company: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Tasos Karakostas, Associate Director at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in rehabilitative therapy.

After obtaining a Master of Science in biomechanics in 1993 from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Dr. Karakostas continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical engineering in 2001 from Ohio State University in Columbus and a Master of Science in physical therapy in 2003 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Dr. Karakostas provided superior service as director of the clinical gait evaluation program, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center from 2001 to 2003, instrumented human motion analysis program, with the Medical University of South Carolina from 2006 to 2008 and the gait and motion analysis program departments of orthopedics and rehabilitation with Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago from 2009 to 2011. From 2012 to the present, he has excelled as associate director of the Clinical Motion Analysis Center, Department of Rehabilitation, with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and also with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a not-for-profit nationally ranked physical medicine and rehabilitation research hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Karakostas has also found much success in academia as an adjunct professor in the department of rehabilitation sciences with the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston from 2008 to 2014 and with the adjunct faculty, department of orthopedics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University in Chicago from 2010 to the present.

Encouraged by his peers, Dr. Karakostas decided to advance his education to develop an expertise in the fields of physical therapy, biomechanics and engineering, which led him to pursue a career path in the same fields. Dr. Karakostas became involved in his profession because of his interest in the human body and human function. One of his career highlights involved setting up and directing a laboratory in motion analysis at the American University of South Carolina. Alongside the human lab, he designed a parallel motion analysis for animals where one could do translatory work between humans and animals.

In the near future, Dr. Karakostas hopes to complete his MBA degree that he is currently pursuing at the University of Iowa.

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