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1992 …2021

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Research Interests

The overarching goals of Dr. Sharma’s research program are to develop novel approaches to prevent disease and disability development and progression in persons at high risk for or with knee osteoarthritis.  Through large-scale, longitudinal studies of persons at high risk, she and her team seek to shift the initiation of disability prevention efforts to earlier stages, when individuals are well enough to execute them, before the whole-organ, downward osteoarthritic disease progression spiral.  Her interdisciplinary team has examined the role in osteoarthritis disease progression and functional decline of an array of factors, including varus-valgus alignment, frontal and sagittal plane instability, joint proprioceptive acuity, quantitative characteristics of gait, knee and hip muscle strength, meniscal damage, other tissue factors by MRI, self-efficacy, and pain catastrophizing.

Certifications and Licenses

Internal Medicine

Training Experience

1987Residency, University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital
1989Fellowship, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Medical College of Wisconsin

… → 1984

Research interests

  • Disability
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Services Research
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Public Health
  • Rheumatology


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