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Administration

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DirectorKen Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

Rehab Sciences Bio
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Email: kottenba@utmb.edu

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Associate DirectorBlake Rasmussen, PhD

Web Bio | Muscle Biology Lab
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Email: blrasmus@utmb.edu

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AdministratorBeth Cammarn, CRA

Rehab Sciences Bio
Email: bacammar@utmb.edu

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Research Lab DirectorDouglas Paddon-Jones, PhD

School of Health Professions Bio | Influuent
Email: djpaddon@utmb.edu

 

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Core Lab DirectorTimothy Reistetter, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

School of Health Professions Bio | Influuent
Email: tareiste@utmb.edu

Faculty

Core Research Investigators

Faculty

Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences; Director, Master of Science in Health Professions
Research Profile | Rehab Sciences Bio

Research Area: Obesity, frailty, disability, muscle
strength, and population health and health disparities

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 266-9691 | F: (409) 772-8931 | E: soalsnih@utmb.edu

Jacques Baillargeon, PhDAssociate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health
Research Profile | PMCH Bio

Research Area: Comparative effectiveness research, cancer epidemiology, health services research

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1148
P: (409) 772-4534 | F: (409) 772-9127 | E: jbaillar@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. Baker Professor, Department of Physical Therapy; Program Director, *t-DPT
Research Profile
| PT Bio

Research Area: Long-term health of pediatric burn survivors, pediatric disability treatment outcomes, graduate outcomes

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1144
P: (409) 772-3068 | F: (409) 747-1613 | E: cbaker@utmb.edu
Bhavnani_SureshProfessor, Institute for Translational Science
Research | ITS Bio

Research Area: Biomedical informatics

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0129
P: (409) 772-1928 | Email: subhavna@UTMB.
Diane Collins, PhD, OTRAssistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Research Profile | OT Bio

Research Area: Comparison of rehabilitation outcomes of Veterans and Medicare beneficiates

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1142
P: (409) 772-3080 | F: (409) 747-1615 | E: dicollin@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. DeerAssistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Profile | Rehab Sciences Bio

Research Area: Clinical trials of interventions (nutrition, exercise, testosterone) for acceleration of functional recovery from hospitalization; Physical functioning and sarcopenia in older adults; Prevalence of malnutrition and sarcopenia at hospital admission; Protein metabolism

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1137
P: (409) 266-9640| F: (409) 747-1638 | E: rrdeer@utmb.edu

Brian Downer, PhDAssistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Profile | Rehab Sciences Bio

Research Area: Cognitive aging, risk factors for dementia and cognitive decline, minority aging

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1137
P: (409) 747-1634 | F: (409) 747-1638 | E: brdowner@utmb.edu

Steve Fisher, PhD, PTAssociate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Research Profile | PT Bio

Research Area: Functional performance in older adults

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1144
P: (409) 772-9496 | F: (409) 747-1613 | E: stfisher@utmb.edu
flanagan_144x187Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Research Profile | OT Bio

Research Area: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and child development

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1144
P: (409) 772-3040 F: (409) 747-1615 E: joflanag@utmb.edu
ChristopherFryAssistant Professor, Department of Nutrition & Metabolism
Research Profile | Dept of Nutrition Bio

Research Area: The role of satellite cells in skeletal muscle plasticity

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1124
P: (409) 747-5680 | E: csfry@utmb.edu
Rebecca Galloway, PhD, PTAssociate Professor of Instruction, Department of Physical Therapy;
Director of Clinical Education, PT Bridge Program
Research Profile | PT Bio

Research Area: Rehabilitation outcomes, functional assessment

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1144
P: (409) 747-1646 | F: (409) 747-1613 | E: regallow@utmb.edu
photo of Dr. GoodwinGeorge and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine; Professor, Division of Geriatrics
Research Profile | Internal Medicine Bio

Research Area: Comparative effectiveness of cancer care in the elderly, recovery of function after hospitalization

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 747-1636 | E: jsgoodwi@utmb.edu

photo of GugalaAssociate Professor Distinguished Teaching Professor Director of Research,
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
Research Profile | Orthopaedic Surgery Bio

Research Area: Wounds and injuries, prevention of infection, rehabilitation

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0165
P: (409) 747-5760 | E: zgugala@utmb.edu

gutierrez_144x187Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism; Program Director & Director of Clinical Education
Research Profile | Dept of Nutrition & Metabolism 

Research Area: Preventive interventions for common diseases in genetically susceptible and
other high-risk groups

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1124
P: (409) 747-1609 E: jeanguti@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. HerndonJesse H. Jones Distinguished Chair in Burn Surgery, Professor of Surgery & Pediatrics; Chief of Staff and Director of Research, Shriners Hospitals for Children
Research Profile | Dept of Surgery Bio

Research Area: Burns-hypermetabolism, resuscitation, infection, wound healing, smoke inhalation injury, scarring, rehabilitation

Contact: 815 Market Street, Galveston, Texas 77550
P: (409) 770-6731 | E: dherndon@utmb.edu

Claudia Hilton, PhD, OTRAssociate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Research Profile | OT Bio

Research Area: Child development disorders,
occupational therapy and disability

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1142
P: (409) 772-3079 | E: clhilton@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. HowreyAssociate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Research Profile | Family Medicine Bio

Research Area: health of our older population with an emphasis on health care utilization and
health disparities.

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1123
P: (409) 772-2257 | E: bthowrey@utmb.edu

Assistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Profile | Rehabilitation Sciences Bio 

Research Area: Rehabilitation outcomes, stroke, intervention studies

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1123
P: (409) 747-1611 | E: kihreha@utmb.edu

photoAssistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Research Profile | OT Bio

Research Area: Item response theory, comparative effectiveness research, patient-reported outcomes, international disability comparisons

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1142
P: (409) 772-3082 | E: ichong@utmb.edu

hughes_144x187Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Research Profile | PT Bio

Research Area: Posture, Manual Therapy, Movement Science, Physical Agents

Contact: 301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-1144
P: (409) 772-3068 | E: lyhughes@utmb.edu
photo of Dr. KarmarkarAssociate Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Profile | Rehab Sciences Bio

Research Area: Rehabilitation outcomes, rehabilitation service utilization

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1137
P: (409) 772-9446 | E: amkarmar@utmb.edu

photoAssociate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Research Profile | PT Bio

Research Area: Gait analysis

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1144
P: (409) 772-3068 | E: mako@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. Youg-Fang KuoDon W. and Frances Powell Professorship in Aging Research, Department of Internal Medicine,
Division of Geriatrics
Research Profile | Internal Medicine Bio

Research Area: Patterns of care, treatment toxicities, health outcomes

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1148
P: (409) 772-5276 E: yokuo@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. LiAssistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Influuent Research Profile | OT Bio

Research Area: Health Services Research, Functional Outcome Measurement, Post-Acute Care

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 772-9492 F: (409) 747-1615 E: chili@utmb.edu


photo of Dr. LyonsAssistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism
Research Profile | Nutrition and Metabolism Bio

Research Area: Use of technology for health promotion
and cancer control

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0912
P: (409) 772-1917 | E: ellyons@utmb.edu

Kyriakos Markides, PhDAnnie and John Gnitzinger Professor of Aging Studies, Professor and Director Department of Preventative Medicine and Community Health; Editor, Journal of Aging and Health
Research Profile | PMCH Bio

Research Area: Aging and health issues in the Mexican American population

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0912
P: (409) 772-9137 | E: kmarkide@utmb.edu

Janna McGaugh, PhD, PTAssociate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Research Profile | PT Bio 

Research Area: Neuromusculoskeletal function,
balance, gait

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 772-9493 | E: jamcgaug@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. MoutonDean, ad interim, School of Medicine; Vice Dean for Academic Affairs School of Medicine
Research Profile

Research Area: Health promotion and disease prevention in minority populations, ethnicity and aging, health services research, quality end-of-life care

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0133
P: (409) 772-3619 E: cpmouton@utmb.edu
sara_nowakowskiAssistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Research Profile | Ob/Gyn Bio

Research Area: Assessment of sleep problems and impact on medical rehabilitation after knee or hip arthroplasty

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0144
P: (409) 772-3996 | E: sanowako@utmb.edu
photo of Dr. OttenbacherRussell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation; Professor & Director, Division of Rehabilitation Science; Director, Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition
Research Profile | Rehab Sciences Bio

Research Area: Research methods, functional assessment

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1137
P: (409) 747-1637 | F: (409) 747-1638 | E: kottenba@utmb.edu

Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhDProfessor, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism
Research Profile | Nutrition and Metabolism Bio

Research Area: Muscle metabolism, protein synthesis

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1124
P: (409) 772-3073 | F: (409) 772-2577 | E: djpaddon@utmb.edu
Kristen Peek, PhDProfessor and Vice Chair of Education, Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health
Research Profile | PMCH Bio

Research Area: Ethics and cultural differences in
aging and disability

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1153
P: (409)772-9143 | E: mkpeek@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. PappadisAssistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Profile | Rehab Sciences Bio

Research Areas: Ethnic minority health and behavioral health disparities;
Psychosocial adjustment to disability

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1137
P: (409) 747-1632 F: (409) 747-1638 E: mrpappad@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. PorterAssociate Professor, Department of Surgery; Associate Director, Metabolism Unit, Shriners Hospitals for Children
Research Profile | Surgery Bio

Research Area: Metabolism, Mitochondria, Skeletal Muscle,
Adipose Tissue, Burn Trauma, Exercise

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1028
P: (409)772-3001 | F: (409) 772-3014 | E: cr2porte@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. RajiProfessor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
Research Profile | Internal Medicine Bio

Research Area: Cognitive impairment, dementia and
disability on older adults

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 772-1987 | F: (409) 772-1952 | E: muraji@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. RasmussenProfessor & Chair, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism
Research Profile | CeRPAN Web Bio | Muscle Biology Lab

Research Area: Muscle biology, exercise physiology,
nutrition, sarcopenia, amino acid and protein metabolism

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1124
P: (409) 747-1619 | F: (409) 772-2577 | E: blrasmus@utmb.edu

Tim Reistetter, PhD, OTRProfessor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Research Profile | OT Bio

Research Area: Upper extremity movement and function,
spasticity and movement disorders, neurorehabilitation, TBI

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1142
P: (409)772-9441 | E: tareiste@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. SharmaSealy and Smith Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine; Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care
Research Profile | Internal Medicine Bio

Research Area: Quality improvement, health services
research, provider continuity, end of life care

Contact: 301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0561
P: (409) 772-2436 | F: (409) 772-9532 | E: gusharma@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. SumanLeon Hess Professor for Burn Injuries Research, Department of Surgery; Director, Children's Wellness Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children
Research Profile | Surgery Bio

Research Area: Exercise physiology & burns

Contact: 815 Market Street Galveston, Texas 77550
P: (409) 770-6557 | F: (409) 770-6919 | E: oesuman@utmb.edu

swartz_144x187Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism

Research Profile | Nutrition and Metabolism Bio

Research Area: Health-related quality of life in childhood cancer survivors

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: 409-772-2576 E: mcswartz@utmb.edu

photo of Dr. VolpiDaisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine & Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine; Director, Sealy Center on Aging
Research Profile | SCoA Profile

Research Area: Insulin sensitivity, protein synthesis

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0264
P: (409) 772-8707 | F: (409) 772-8709 | E: evolpi@utmb.edu

photoAssistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy;
Research Profile | PT Profile

Research Area: Rehabilitation Utilization and Outcomes

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1144
P: (409) 772-3068 | E: rlwelsh@utmb.edu

Dana Wild, PhD, PTAssociate Professor, Department of Physical
Therapy
Research Profile | PT Bio

Research Area: Pediatrics, early intervention

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-1028
P: (409) 772-3068 | F: (409) 747-1613 | E: dlwild@utmb.edu

Rebeca Wong, PhDP. & S. Kempner Distinguished Professor in Health Disparities, Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health; Director, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health
Research Profile | PMCH Bio | SCoA Bio

Research Area: Economic consequences of population aging, in particular in Mexico and among immigrant Hispanics in the U.S.

Contact: 301 University Boulevard Galveston, TX 77555-0177
P: (409) 772-3068 | F: (409) 747-1613 | E: rewong@utmb.edu

Dennis Zgaljardic, PhDAssistant Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences; Director of Neuropsychology,
Transitional Learning Center
TLC Bio

Research Area: Traumatic brain injury, neuropsychological assessment

Contact: 1528 Postoffice St. Galveston, TX 77550
P: (409) 762-6661 | E: dzgaljardic@tlc-galveston.org