Dr. Lori Karol is a staff orthopaedist and Medical Director of Performance Improvement and the Movement Science Lab at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. She earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan. Dr. Karol completed her general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She also completed the Harrington Fellowship of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 1991. Dr. Karol is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and is an active staff member at Children’s Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Karol is also a member of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine; the American Medical Association; a member and chairperson of the Communications Counsel of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America; a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; the North American Society for Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis; the Scoliosis Research Society; and Société Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie.


Medical School
University of Michigan Medical School (1985)
Wayne State University (1986), General Surgery
Wayne State University (1990), Orthopaedic Surgery
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital (1991), Pediatric Orthopedics & Scoliosis

Research Interest

  • Clubfoot gait analysis
  • Effect of treatment of scoliosis in very young children
  • Male idiopathic scoliosis
  • Pediatric amputee gait and function
  • Spinal motion measurement in scoliosis


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Early Definitive Spinal Fusion in Young Children: What We Have Learned
L. Karol Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2011 469 1323-1329
The Effect of Amputation Level on Energy Expenditure During Over-Ground Walking in Pediatric Amputees
K. Jeans, L. Karol, R. Browne Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2011 93-A 49-56
Musculoskeletal Manifestations of Sanfilippo Syndrome (MPS III)
K. White, L. Karol, D. White, S. Hale Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2011 31 594-598
Gait Analysis of Children Treated Non-operatively for Moderate Clubfoot by Physical Therapy or Ponseti Casting
H. Gottschalk, K. Jeans, L. Karol Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2010 30: 3 235-239
Plantar Pressures Following the Ponseti and French Physiotherapy Methods for Clubfoot
K. Jeans, L. Karol Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics 2010 30: 1 82-89

Honors & Awards

  • AOA-Zimmer Resident Research Award
    American Orthopaedic Association (1990)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society: ASAMI-NA
  • North American Society for Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America - Chairperson of Communications Counsel
  • Scoliosis Research Society