Korak Sarkar, MD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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  • Only Hospital Ranked #1 in America by U.S. News & World Report since 1991
  • 800,000+ outpatient visits each year
  • 5,000+ inpatients treated each year, system-wide
  • 50+ sites of care throughout Illinois and Indiana
  • One of only 2% of hospitals to receive three consecutive Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Excellence.
  • 182-bed inpatient hospital in the heart of Chicago
  • Largest rehabilitation research center in the world
  • Only rehabilitation hospital with eight federally designated research centers
  • 370+ active research projects in neuroscience, bionics, robotics, and musculoskeletal medicine
  • Academic home of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Korak Sarkar

Korak Sarkar, MD

  • Resident MD, Fellow
  • Brain Injury Attending

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To schedule an appointment with Korak Sarkar please call 800-354-7342 or use our online form.

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Year began practicing:
Year joined staff:

Conditions Treated / Services

  • Brain Injury
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Concussion
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Clinical Interests

Traumatic brain injury, Non-invasive brain stimulation innovation

Education, Residency and Internship


The Johns Hopkins University, BME, Neuroscience, Math Science
University of California, San Diego, Medicine


Ochsner Medical Systems, Internal Medicine
University of California, Davis, Neurology

Teaching or Professional Positions

Northwestern Center for Device Development Innovation Fellow

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Neurology

American Academy of Phy​sical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Honors & Awards

  • Baskin Awards for Research Excellence, 2nd Place, RIC June 2014
  • Completion of tDCS Practical Courses NYC Neuromodulation Conference 2013
  • 2013 Doximity Fellow
  • AAN Founder’s Award for Clinical and Translational Research 2013
  • 2013 AAN Donald M. Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum Advisor January 2013
  • Excellence in Research Award, UC Davis Department of Neurology July 2012
  • Young Investigator Award California Neurological Society-AAN March 2012
  • 2012 AAN Donald M. Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum Advocate January 2012
  • UCSD Department of Neurosurgery Czech Duck Scholarship January 2007
  • Bioengineering Summer Grant Recipient June 2006
  • NIH Medical Student Grant Recipient June 2004
  • Dean’s List at Johns Hopkins University (6 semesters) December 2003-May 2006
  • Johns Hopkins Trustee Scholar September 2003


  • Sarkar K, Keachie K, Nguyen UT, Muizelaar JP, Zwienenberg-lee M, Shahlaie K. Computed Tomography Characteristics of Pediatric versus Adult Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal Of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics. 2014 January 10th
  • Nishijima D, Shahlaie K, Sarkar K, et al. Risk of unfavorable long-term outcome with pre-injury use of anti-coagulant or anti-platelet use in older adults with traumatic intracranial hemorrhage. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2013 June 4
  • Sarkar K, Way C, Hiniker A, Brock R, Perry A, Verro P. Intracerebral pseudotumors in a family with cerebroretinal vasculopathy. Neurology: Clinical Practice. September 2012 2:251-254
  • Pape T, Rosenow J, Patil V, Steiner M, Harton B, Guernon A, Herrold A, Pacheco M, Crisan E, Ashley W, Odle C, Park Y, Chawla J, Sarkar K. (2014), rTMS Safety for Two Subjects with Disordered Consciousness after Traumatic Brain Injury, Brain Stimulation, 7, 620 – 622

Abstract Presentations

  • Sarkar K, Alvarez-Suchi G, Kamdar B, Ralhan P, Welin J, Ripley D. Feasibility of Utilizing 3-D printing in Medical and Patient Education of Neuropathology. Mimics Innovations Conference, May 2014
  • Sarkar K, Zwienenberg-Lee, Muizelaar JP, Shahlaie K. “Rotterdam CT Score Can Detect Differences between Pediatric and Adult TBI”. AAN Annual Meeting, March 2013
  • Sarkar K, Zwienenberg-Lee, Muizelaar JP, Shahlaie K. “Rotterdam and GCS Scores in adult versus pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury” AAN Annual Meeting, April 2012
  • Sarkar K, Zwienenberg-Lee, Muizelaar JP, Shahlaie K. “Computed Tomography Characteristics of Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury”. California Neurological Society Meeting, March 2012
  • Sarkar K, Zwienenberg-Lee, Muizelaar JP, Shahlaie K. “CT findings in Pediatric TBI”. Poster presented at the Neurocritical Care Society Meeting, September 2011
  • Sarkar, K., Way C., Hiniker A, Brock R, Perry A, Verro P. “Intracerebral pseudotumor due to a neurologically dominated case of cerebroretinal vasculopathy", California Neurological Society Meeting, March 2012
  • Sarkar, K., Way C., Hiniker A, Brock R, Perry A, Verro P. “A steroid responsive case of Cerebroretinal Vasculopathy,” AAN Annual Meeting, April 2012
  • Sarkar K, Nagel B, Tapert S. “The Effects of Alcohol on Brain Volume and Cognitive Functioning in Male and Female Adolescents”. UCSD NIH Summer Grant Symposium 2004


  • Kline L, Dawson A, Sarkar K, Griffith M. “Can OSA be successfully treated in a Therapeutic Trial of CPAP without PSG”. Annual Chest Meeting of 2002
  • Ripley D, Makovitch S, Sarkar K. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome after a Single dose of Haloperidol following TBI: A Case Report. IBIA 2014

Scientific Presentations

  • Feasibility of using Additive Manufacturing techniques in the Neuro-imaging of Brain Injury, IEEE’s Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC), Chicago August 2014
  • Utilizing 3D printing in Medical Education of Neuropathology. Fellows Research Day, RIC, June 2014
  • Computed Tomography Characteristics of Pediatric versus Adult Traumatic Brain Injury. Founder’s Award Presentation, AAN Annual meeting March 2013

Certifications & Licenses

  • Certified: Neurology, ABPN 2012
  • Board-eligible Brain Injury, ABMS 2014
  • Louisiana Temporary Medical License PGY 200060 7/1/08-6/30/09
  • California Medical License A112420 5/14/10-3/31/16
  • Illinois Temporary Medical License 125062562 7/1/2013-6/30/14
  • Illinois Permanent Medical License 036135849 7/9/14-7/31/2017
  • Illinois Controlled Substance License 336097649 8/28/14 to present
  • DEA License FS1980564 2/27/13-2/29/16

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To schedule an appointment with Korak Sarkar, please call 800-354-7342 or use our online form.