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Shakoor
Najia
MD
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine,
Section of Rheumatology
Internal Medicine
GME, Rush Medical College
1611 W Harrison St
Suite 510
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 563-2800
(312) 563-2075
najia_shakoor@rush.edu
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

Research Interest
Collaborations
Major Academic Community Activities
   Editorial Boards
   Committees
   Invited Lectures
Publications
Grants
Major Accomplishments of Former Trainees
Document Links/Web Links or Videos 

Najia Shakoor, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College and serves as an attending physician at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Shakoor received her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine and her fellowship in rheumatology at Rush.

Research Interest

Shakoor performs clinical research studies on osteoarthritis. Her studies primarily focus on looking at the risk factors for the development of osteoarthritis and non-invasive interventions for treating and managing osteoarthritis. Her current studies are looking at footwear for the management of osteoarthritis and what types of footwear may be the most appropriate for patients with osteoarthritis to wear. She also evaluates sensory function in osteoarthritis and how sensory function may be involved in the disease process.

Over the past 3 years, Shakoor has received grant support from the NIH as well the Arthritis Foundation. She also serves as consultant, on a large NIH-funded national study, the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST).

Collaborations

RUMC Investigators:

Shakoor's studies are performed in collaboration with the Rush Gait Laboratory which is part of the Orthopedic Department. The Gait Laboratory, is a new high tech facility, an essential part of her studies. She is one of the primary users of this resource at Rush.

  1. Markus Wimmer, PhD: Department of Orthopedic Surgery, RUMC. - Dr. Wimmer...
     
  2. Kharma Foucher, MD, PhD: Department of Orthopedic Surgery, RUMC. - Dr. Foucher...
     
  3. Roy Lidtke, DPM: Section of Rheumatology, RUMC. - Dr. Lidtke...
     
  4. Carla Scanzello, MD, PhD: Section of Rheumatology, RUMC. - Dr. Scanzello...
     
  5. Anne-Marie Malfait, MD, PhD: Dept. of Biochemistry, RUMC. - Dr. Malfait...
     
  6. Laura Thorp, PhD: Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, RUMC. - Dr. Thorp...
     

National Collaborations:

  1. Michael C. Nevitt, PhD, MPH: Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics,University of California, San Francisco - Dr. Nevittt is the principal investigator for the Multicenter Osteoarthritis (MOST) Study.
     
  2. Howard J. Hillstrom, PhD: Director, Leon Root, M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory,Hospital for Special Surgery - Dr. Hillstrom...
     

Major Academic Community Activities

Editorial Boards

Annals of Internal Medicine
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Journal of Biomechanics
Journal of Orthopaedic Research
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Arthritis and Rheumatism
Arthritis Care and Research

Committees

Invited Lectures

American College of Rheumatology Clinical Science Symposium, Chicago, IL
2011
“Somatosensory dysfunction and osteoarthritis”
 
 
 
American College of Rheumatology, Atlanta, GA
2010
“Gait adaptation after 6 months of specialized shoes in knee osteoarthritis”
 
 
 
American College of Rheumatology Clinical Science Symposium, Atlanta, GA
2010
“Biomechanical pathways in osteoarthritis and impact on treatment”
 
 
 
American College of Rheumatology Basic Science Symposium, San Francisco, CA
2008
“Biomechanics of gait: implications for OA Therapy”
 
 
 
American College of Rheumatology, San Francisco, CA
2008
“Vibratory Perception is Associated with Dynamic Joint Loading in Osteoarthritis (OA) of the Knee”
 
 
 
American College of Rheumatology, Boston, MA
2007
“Relationship between dynamic loading, muscle strength, and proprioception at the knees of subjects with unilateral hip osteoarthritis”
 
 
 
American College of Rheumatology, Boston, MA
2007
“Specialized footwear effectively reduces peak dynamic loads in osteoarthritis of the knee”
 
 
 
Rush Wellness Program: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
2007
“Women’s Health: Osteoporosis”
 
 
 
St. Luke’s Medical Center Grand Rounds, Milwaukee, WI
2007
“Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with Connective Tissue Disease”
 
 
 
Rush Pulmonary Grand Rounds: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
2006
“Pulmonary Vasculitis”
 

Publications (selected from 25 peer-reviewed publications)

  1. Shakoor N,Lee KJ, Fogg LF, Wimmer MA, Foucher KC, Mikolaitis RA, Block JA.  The relationship of vibratory perception with dynamic joint loading, radiographic severity, and pain in knee osteoarthritis.  Arthritis Rheum 64(1):181-6, 2012. [PMID: 21898358]
     
  2. Shakoor N, Dua A, Thorp LE,  Mikolaitis RA, Wimmer MA, Foucher KC,  Fogg LF, Block JA.  Asymmetric loading and bone mineral density at the asymptomatic knees of subjects with unilateral hip osteoarthritis.  Arthritis Rheum 63(12):3853-8), 2011. [PMID: 22127702]
     
  3. Block JA,Shakoor N.   Lower Limb Osteoarthritis:  Biomechanical alterations and implications for therapy.  Curr Opinion Rheumatol 22(5):544-50, 2010. [PMID: 20592605]
     
  4. Shakoor N, Sengupta M, Foucher KC, Wimmer MA, Fogg LF, Block JA.  The effects of common footwear on joint loading in osteoarthritis of the knee.  Arthritis Rheum 62(7):917-23, 2010. [PMID: 20191571]
     
  5. Shakoor N, Lidtke RH, Sengupta M, Fogg LF, Block JA.  The effects of specialized footwear on joint loads in osteoarthritis of the knee. Arthritis Rheum 59(9): 1214-20, 2008. [PMID: 18759313]  

Grants

1.  “The Effects of Specialized Footwear in Osteoarthritis (OA) of the Knee, a randomized controlled clinical trial to evaluate the effects of footwear on pain and joint loading in OA of the knee” 7/1/10–6/30/12
PI: N. Shakoor
 
Sponsor: Arthritis Foundation
 
   
2.  “The Effects of Specialized Footwear in Osteoarthritis (OA) of the Knee, Pilot project to evaluate the effects of footwear on pain and joint loading in OA of the knee” 10/1/09–9/30/10
PI: N. Shakoor
 
Sponsor: Rush Pilot Project Grant, Rush University Medical Center
 
   
3.  “Multi-center Osteoarthritis Study (MOST)” 7/1/08–6/30/14
PI: M Nevitt, University of California, San Francisco, Consultant: N Shakoor
 
Sponsor: NIH U01 AG19069
 
   
4.  “Factors influencing the evolution of knee osteoarthritis” 7/1/04–6/30/09
PI: N. Shakoor
 
Sponsor: NIH 1K23 AR 04974-8
 
   
5.  “Longitudinal evaluation of muscle strength, proprioception, and dynamic joint loading in the aging knee” 4/1/04–3/31/07
PI: N. Shakoor
 
Sponsor: Schweppe Foundation
 
   
6.  “Predicting joint degeneration” 8/1/01–7/31/05
Co-I: N Shakoor
 
Sponsor: NIH RO1 AR 46225-4
 
   
7.  “Relationship between muscle strength, proprioception, dynamic joint loading on the knees of patients with OA of the hip” 7/1/01–6/30/03
PI: N. Shakoor
 
Sponsor: American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation Hartford-ASP Junior Career Development Award
 
   
8.  “Influence of exercise on muscle strength, proprioception and pain in knee osteoarthritis” 7/1/03–6/30/04
PI: N. Shakoor
 
Sponsor: Rush University Committee on Research
 

Major Accomplishments of Former Trainees

Shakoor has mentored a dozen residents, fellows and graduate students in research.

2011-present
2008-present
2008-present
2007-2008
Jennifer Nashel MD
2007-2008
2006-2008
2006-2008
2004-2006
Dianne Nelson RN, MSN, PhD
2002-2005 
2003-2005
Dipali Sikka MD
2001-2003

Documents / Web links or video

Rush University Medical Center on YouTube
"Najia Shakoor, MD"
 
   
"Shoes: A Treatment for Osteoarthritis in the Knees?"

"Step by Step: Energy, Motion and Shoes"

"Give Sore Joints Some Extra Wintertime Attention"

"Talking of Walking in Three Easy Pieces" (Harvard Health Letter)

"Shoes to Treat Osteoarthritis?" (Vitality Magazine)

"Oh, My Aching Knees!" (Parade Magazine)

"High Heels Cause Long-Term Damage" (Discovery News)

"Flip-flops aren't always easy on the feet (CNN.com)"

"Shoes: A Treatment for Osteoarthritis in the Knees?" (ScienceDaily)

"Flip-Flops, Flat Shoes Relieve Arthritic Knees" (MedicineNet.com)

"Arthritic Knees? Relief Could Be in Your Shoes" (Medifast Health)

"Sore Knees May Need Slimmer Shoes" (Rodale)
 
 
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