Dr. Karen Beattie

Division of Rheumatology

Karen Beattie


Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology

Associate Appointment, School of Rehabilitation Sciences





Research Interests

Dr. Beattie is a clinical researcher in the Division of Rheumatology.   Her primary research areas focus on disease outcomes as they relate to patient symptoms and measures of disease activity/severity acquired through the analysis of various types of images (e.g., X-ray, DEXA, MRI).  Areas of interest include osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.  She is also involved in educational research involving rheumatology patients, medical trainees and health professionals, and the integration of technology in education.  Dr. Beattie collaborates with and supports the research of many of the members of the Division of Rheumatology.

As an educator, Dr. Beattie is actively involved in the supervision of graduate students enrolled in a variety of McMaster programs (e.g., Medical Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences) and the supervision of undergraduate students doing thesis projects.  She is also involved in research training of medical students, residents and rheumatology fellows.

Selected Publications

  1. Davison MJ, Maly MR, Adachi JD, Noseworthy MD, Beattie KA. Relationships Between Fatty Infiltration in the Thigh and Calf in Women with Knee Osteoarthritis. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2016 Mar 10. PMID: 26964549.
  2. Beattie KA, Davison JD, Noseworthy MD, Adachi JD, Maly MR. Quantifying Fat and Lean Muscle in the Lower Legs of Women with Knee Osteoarthritis Using Two Different MRI Systems. Rheumatol Int. Online March 15. p 1-8. Feb 10, 2016.
  3. Bain L, Sangrar R, Bornstein C, Lukmanji S, Hapuhennidige S, Thorne C, Beattie KA. Identifying real and perceived barriers to therapeutic education programs for individuals with inflammatory arthritis. Clin Rheumatol 35(9):2327-26.
  4. Beattie KA, Adachi J, Ioannidis G, Papaioannou A, Leslie WD, Grewal R, MacDermid J, Hodsman AB. Estimating osteoporotic fracture risk following a wrist fracture: a tale of two systems. Arch Osteoporos. 2015;10:13.
  5. Maly M, Acker SM, Totterman S, Tamez-Pena J, Stratford PW, Callaghan JP, Adachi JD, Beattie KA. Knee Adduction Moment Relates to Medial Femoral and Tibial Cartilage Morphology in Clinical Knee Osteoarthritis. J Biomech. 2015 Sept. 48(12): 3495-501.
  6. Wong AK, Beattie KA, Min KK, Merali Z, Webber CE, Gordon CL, Papaioannou A, Cheung AM, Adachi JD. Trimodality Comparison of Volumetric Bone Imaging Technologies. Part I: Short-term Precision and Validity. J Clin Densit. 2015 Jan. 18(1): 124-35.