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Location and Contact Information

Rebecca Sealy Hospital Building - UTMB Sealy Center of Aging, 6th floorSCoA UTMB Logo
University of Texas Medical Branch
Sealy Center on Aging
301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0177
Phone: (409) 266-9675
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Administration

The Sealy Center on Aging (SCoA) administration is comprised of the Director Ad Interim and two Associate Directors. In addition, the Center funds a number of directors in specific categories, including the Associate Director of Research and Director of the World Health Organization Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Center on Aging and Health. These individuals also comprise the SCoA Executive Committee. Academic faculty appointments are made through departments.


Dr. VolpiElena Volpi, MD, PhD
Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine
Director Ad Interim of the Sealy Center on Aging
Director of The Claude Pepper Older American Independence Center

Phone: (409) 772-1977
FAX: (409) 747-3585
E-mail: evolpi@utmb.edu

Dr. OttenbacherKenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR
Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair
Associate Director of The Sealy Center on Aging
Professor & Director of The Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Phone: (409) 266-9664, (409) 747-1635
FAX: (409) 772-1942
E-mail: kottenba@utmb.edu


Dr. WongRebeca Wong, PhD
Peaches & Shrub Kempner Distinguished Professor in Health Disparities
Associate Director of The Sealy Center on Aging
Director of The WHO/ PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health

Phone: (409) 266-9661
Fax: (409) 772-8931
E-mail: rewong@utmb.edu


David Hileman, MBA/MHA
Administrator, Medicine Services
Department of Internal Medicine
Department of Neurology
Sealy Center on Aging
E-mail: mihilema@UTMB.EDU

Anthony (Tony) DiNuzzo, PhD
Director of Education
Phone: (409) 266-9658
FAX: (409) 772-8931
E-mail: adinuzzo@utmb.edu

Karl Eschbach, PhD
Director of Population Research
Phone: (409) 266-9680
FAX: (409) 772-8931
E-mail: kaeschba@utmb.edu

Jean Freeman, PhD
Grace Bucksch Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor in Aging
Director of Training
Phone: (409) 266-9657
FAX: (409) 772-8931
E-mail: jfreeman@utmb.edu

Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD
Don W. and Frances Powell Professorship in Aging Research
Director of Biostatistics

Phone: (409) 266-9665
FAX: (409) 772-8931
E-mail: yokuo@utmb.edu

Labros Sidossis, PhD
Director of Obesity Research
Phone: (409) 266-9690
FAX: (409) 772-8931
E-mail: lasidoss@utmb.edu

Sarah Toombs-Smith, PhD
Director of Manuscript Office
Phone: 409) 266-9655
Fax: (409) 772-8931
E-mail: stoombs@utmb.edu

Dong Zhang, PhD
Director of Data Management
Phone: (409) 266-9676
FAX: (409) 772-8931
E-mail: dzhang@utmb.edu

Helen Appelberg, DMin
Director of Spirituality in Aging Center
Phone: (409) 266-9682
FAX: (409) 772-8931
E-mail: hwappelb@utmb.edu

Ritchie Adoue
Director of RSVP of Galveston County
Sealy Center on Aging Learning Center
Phone: 409-266-9660
FAX: (409) 772-8931
E-mail: raadoue@utmb.edu

Biostatisticians

The primary responsibility of SCoA biostatisticians is to provide statistical support for faculty, pre- and post-doctoral trainees and staff affiliated with the Sealy Center on Aging.


Dr. Yong-Fang KuoYong-Fang Kuo, PhD
Don W. and Frances Powell Professorship in Aging Research
Director of Biostatistics
Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
The Sealy Center on Aging
Phone: (409) 722-1404
FAX: (409) 772-8931
E-mail: yokuo@utmb.edu


Senior Biostatisticians

Alai Tan MD, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging

Dong D. Zhang, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging


Biostaticians

Deepak Adhikari
Surgery - General Surgery

Yu-Li Lin, MS
Sealy Center on Aging

Wei Zhang, MS
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary/Critical Care

Jie Zhou
Sealy Center on Aging

Fellows & Senior Fellows

The Fellows and Senior Fellows of SCoA are UTMB faculty members of any school whose research, clinical care, educational activities, or community efforts involve aging in a meaningful way. A Senior Fellow is an individual of professorial rank who has achieved distinction in research, clinical care, educational and/or community activities relative to Aging. Fellows or Senior Fellows are selected by the SCoA Executive Committee upon nomination by any current Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Sealy Center on Aging. Fellow and Senior Fellows are often affiliated with the Sealy Center on Aging in research or educational collaborations.

The Sealy Center on Aging recognizes individuals who have worked diligently in collaboration with the Center to advance the cause of geriatric research, education, and health care. Through their special efforts, these faculty members, teachers, researchers, community workers, and policy makers have raised the level of awareness of the problems associated with the frail elderly.

Fellows

Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD
School of Health Professions - Division of Rehabilitation Sciences

Helen Appelberg, D.Min
Sealy Center on Aging

Jacques Baillargeon, PhD
Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health

Jose Barral, MD, PhD
Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology

Maria Camacho, MD
Department of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Eileen Curl, PhD
Lamar University

Jonne Davis, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics - Texas City

Anthony DiNuzzo, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging

Xianglin Du, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

William Durham, PhD
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

Jennifer Ellison, PhD, PT
School of Health Professions - Department of Physical Therapy

James Ellor, PhD
Baylor University, Waco

Ella Englander, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Steve Fisher, PT, PhD
School of Health Professions - Department of Physical Therapy

Rebecca Galloway, PhD, PT
School of Health Professions - Department of Physical Therapy

Sharon Giordano, MD
Department of Breast Medical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

James Graham, PhD
School of Health Professions - Department Rehabilitation Sciences

Loretta Grumbles, MD
Department of Internal Medicine

Holly Holmes, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Erin Hommel, MD
Department of Internal Medicine

Bret Howery, PhD
Department of Family Medicine

Ching-Chyuan Hsieh, PhD
Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics

Hyunsu Ju, PhD
Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health

Vinod Kaushik, MD
Department of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Lois Killewich, MD, PhD
Department of Surgery

Michael Kinsky, MD
Department of Anesthesiology

Meredith Masel, PhD
The Oliver Center for Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare

Anita Mercado, MD
Department of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary

Oma Morey, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine, Office of Educational Development

Margaret Ottenbacher, PhD
Institution for Translational Science

M. Kristen Peek, PhD
Preventive Medicine and Community Health

Jeff Rabek, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Carlos Reyes-Ortiz
University of North Texas Health Science Center

Taylor Riall, MD, PhD
Department of Surgery

Anna Rotkiewicz-Piorum, MD
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Laura Rudkin, PhD
Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health

Rafael Samper Ternent, MD
Sealy Center on Aging

Gulshan Sharma, MD
Department of Internal Medicine - Pulmonary

Steve Shelton, MBA
Community Outreach

Karen Szauter, PhD
Office of Educational Development

Guilio Taglialatela, PhD
Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology

Alai Tan, MD, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging

Sarah Toombs Smith, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging

Andrea Wirt, FNP, GNP
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Dong D. Zhang, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging


Senior Fellows

Nicole Abate, MD
Department of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

Jacqueline Angel, PhD
University of Texas at Austin

Howard Brody, MD, PhD
Institute of Medical Humanities

Linda S. Elting, Dr PH
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Karl Eschbach, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Jean Freeman, PhD
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Bernard Godley, MD, PhD, FACS
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

James S. Goodwin, MD
Department of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Mark Hayward, PhD
University of Texas at Austin

Vivian Ho, PhD
Rice University

Robert Hummer, PhD
University of Texas at Austin

Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Steven Lieberman, MD
Department of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

Michael Malone, MD
University of Wisconsin

Rodger Marion, Ph.D. (Retired)
School of Health Professions

Kyriakos Markides, PhD
Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health

Melinda Sheffield-Moore, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine

Kurt Mossberg, PhD, PT
School of Health Professions - Department of Physical Therapy

Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD
School of Health Professions - Division of Rehabilitation Sciences

Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD
Department of Nutrition and Metabolism

Jose Pagan, PhD
New York Academy of Medicine

John Papaconstantinou, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

J. Regino Perez-Polo, PhD
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Elizabeth Protas, PT, PhD, FACSM
School of Health Professions

Mukaila Raji, MD
Department of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Blake B. Rasmussen, PhD
Department of Nutrition and Metabolism

Linda R. Rounds, RN, PhD
School of Nursing

Melinda Sheffield-Moore, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

Victor S. Sierpina, MD
Department of Family Medicine

Labros Sidossis, PhD
Department of Family Medicine

Maria Suarez-Almazor, MD, PhD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Barbara Thompson, MD
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Randall Urban, MD
Department of Internal Medicine

Elena Volpi, MD, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Melanie Williams, PhD
Texas Cancer Registry, Texas Department of State Health Services

Rebeca Wong, PhD
Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health

Postdoctoral Fellows and Trainees

The Sealy Center on Aging sponsors several pre- and post-doctoral trainees through fellowships funded by the National Institute on Aging. Research areas include: a) muscle function and sarcopina through the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) P30-AG24832 or individual R01 research grants; and b) the health of older minorities through the Health of Older Minorities training grant NIH-T32AG00270, the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) NIH-5P50CA105631, and the Hispanic Established Population for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (HEPESE) AG-10939. Fellows and trainees are encouraged to collaborate with any affiliate involved in muscle function research, minority health and aging in the areas of medical outcomes, health service utilization, social epidemiology, psychosocial stress, and health promotion.


Melissa Markofski, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging Post-doctoral Fellow

Sunshine Rote, PhD
Minority Aging Training, Post-Doctoral Trainee

Carlos Diaz-Venegas, PhD
Rehabilitation Sciences Academic Division and Research Center

Sealy Center on Aging Staff

The Sealy Center on Aging Staff provide various support services for SCoA administration and programs.


Ritchie Adoue
Assistant Training Manager / Coordinator
Phone: (409) 266-9660; E-mail: raadoue@utmb.edu

Helen Appelberg, DMin
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Phone: (409) 266-9682; E-mail: hwappelb@utmb.edu

Marilyn Brodwick, MS
Research Associate II
Phone: (409) 266-9689; E-mail: msbrodwi@utmb.edu

Stephanie Burt, MS
Research Project Coordinator
Phone: (409) 266-9675; E-mail: stburt@utmb.edu

Shawn Goodlett
Coordinator, Clinical Research
Phone: (409) 772-1982; E-mail: smgoodle@utmb.edu

Roxann Grover, MA
Web Designer
Phone: (409) 266-9650; E-mail: rmgrover@utmb.edu

Roxana Hirst, MS
Assistant Director for Research
Phone: (409) 266-9641; E-mail: rmhirst@utmb.edu

Syed Husaini
Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: (409) 266-9648; E-mail: shhusain@utmb.edu

Catherine Iliadou
Senior Research Associate
Phone: (409) 770-6631 or (409) 266-9687; E-mail: aiiliado@utmb.edu

Eloisa Martinez
Asst Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: (409) 266-9643; E-mail: esmartin@utmb.edu

Thomas McKey
Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: (409) 266-9644 E-mail: thmckey@utmb.edu

Alejandra Michaels-Obregon
Research Coordinator
Phone: (409) 266-9662; E-mail: almichae@utmb.edu

Janna Perez, MS
Business Coordinator
Phone: (409) 266-9699; E-mail: jmperez@utmb.edu

Paula Skinkis
Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: (409) 772-1907; E-mail: pskinkis@utmb.edu

Marsja Stearnes, MA
Research Interviewer
Phone: (409) 266-9656; E-mail: mastearn@utmb.edu

Sarah Toombs Smith, PhD
Science Writer / Editor
Phone: (409) 266-9655; E-mail: stoombs@utmb.edu

Oscar Townsel
Coordinator I
Phone: (409) 266-9679; E-mail: omtownse@utmb.edu

Susan Wilson
Research Technician
Phone: (409) 747-2114; E-mail: sujwilso@utmb.edu

Ming-Qian Zheng
Senior Research Associate
Phone: (409) 747-2115; E-mail: mizheng@utmb.edu