Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation;
Professor & Director, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences;
Director, Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition

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Research Area: Research methods, functional assessment, rehabilitation outcomes


  • BS 1972 University of Montana, Missoula
  • BS 1975 University of Central Arkansas, Conway
  • MS 1976 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • PhD 1982 University of Missouri, Columbia

Funding (as Principal Investigator or Core/Project Leader)

Grant# T32 HS026133 (Multi-Principal Investigators: Kuo & Ottenbacher)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
UTMB Health Services Research Training Program

Grant# R01 MD010355
National Institute on Aging, NIH
Long-term Health Outcomes in Mexican American Older Adults

Grant# P2C HD065702
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NICHD), NIH
Center for Large Data Research and Data Sharing in Rehabilitation
(Renewal of R24HD065702, 2010-15)

Grant# K12 HD055929
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NICHD), NIH
Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program

Grant# R24 HS022134
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly
Role: Core Leader, Research Education and Training (PI: Goodwin)

Grant# P30 AG024832
National Institute on Aging, NIH
Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
Role: Core Leader, Research and Career Development (PI: Volpi) (J. Goodwin PI 2000-10)

Select Publications

  1. Snih, S.A., Peek, K.M., Sawyer, P., Markides, K.S., Allman, R.M., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2012). Life-Space Mobility in Mexican Americans aged 75 and older. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 60(3), 532-537.
  2. Samper-Ternent, R., Al Snih, S., Kuo, Y.F., Ray, L.A., Ottenbacher, K.J., Markides, K.S. (2012). Prevalence of health conditions and predictors of mortality in oldest old Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic whites. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 13(3), 254-259.
  3. Ostir, G.V., Goodwin, J.S., Berges, I.M., Ottenbacher, K.J., Guralnik, J.M. (2012). Assessing gait speed in acutely ill older patients admitted to an Acute Care for Elders hospital unit. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172, 335-339.
  4. Ottenbacher, K.J., Graham, J.E., Ottenbacher, A.J., Lee, J., Al Snih, S., Karmarkar, A., Reistetter, T.A., Ostir, G.V. (2012). Hospital readmission in persons with stroke following post-acute rehabilitation. Journals of Gerontology: Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences 67, 875-881.
  5. Ottenbacher, A.J., A l Snih, MD, S., Karmarkar, A., Lee, J., Samper-Ternent, R., Kumar, A., Bindawas, S., Markides, K., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2012). Routine physical activity and mortality among Mexican Americans aged 75 years and older. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60, 1085-1091.
  6. Graham, J.E., Deutsch, A., O'Connell, A.A., Karmarkar, A.M., Granger, C.V., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2013). Inpatient rehabilitation volume and functional outcomes in stroke, lower extremity fracture, and lower extremity joint replacement. Medical Care, 51(5), 404-412.
  7. Fisher, S.R. Kuo, Y.F., Sharma, G., Raji, M., Kumar, A., Goodwin, J.S., Ostir, G.V., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2013). Mobility after hospital discharge as a marker for 30-day readmission. Journals of Gerontology Series A-Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 68 (7):805-810.
  8. Ottenbacher, A.J., Al Snih, S., Bindawas, S., Markides, K.S., Graham, J.E., Samper-Ternent, R., Raji, M.A., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2014) The role of physical activity in reducing cognitive decline in Mexican American older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62:1786-91.
  9. Ottenbacher, K.J., Karmarkar, A., Graham, J.E., Kuo, Y.F., Deutsch A., Reistetter, T., Granger, C.V. (2014). Thirty-day hospital readmission following discharge from post-acute rehabilitation in fee-for-service Medicare patients. JAMA, 311(6), 604-614.
  10. Baillargeon, J., Urban, R.J., Kuo, Y.F., Holmes, H.M., Raji, M.A., Morgentaler, A., Howrey, B.T., Lin, Y.L., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2015). Screening and monitoring in men prescribed testosterone therapy in the United States, 2001 to 2010. Public Health Reports 130(2), 143-152.
  11. Kumar, A., Karmarkar, A.M., Tan, A., Graham, J.E., Arcari, C.M., Snih, S.A., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2015). The effect of obesity on incidence of disability and mortality in Mexicans aged 50 years and older. Salud Publica de Mexico (Mexico Journal of Public Health), 57, suppl 1:S31-S38
  12. Ameredes, B.T., Hellmich, M.R., Cestone, C.M., Wooten, K., Ottenbacher, K.J, Chonmaitree, T., Anderson, K., Brasier, A.R. (2015). The Multidisciplinary Translational Team Model for training and development of translational research investigators. Clinical and Translational Science, 8(5), 533- 541).
  13. Bindawas, S., Al Snih, S., Ottenbacher, A.J., Graham, J.E., Protas, E.J., Markides, K.S., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2015). Association between lower extremity performance and health-related quality of life in elderly Mexican Americans. J Aging Health, 27(6), 1026-45.
  14. Ostir, G.V., Berges, I.M., Ottenbacher, K.J., Fisher, S.R., Hebel, R., Guralnik, J.M. (2015). Gait speed and dismobility in older adults. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(9),1641-5.
  15. Fisher, S.R., Graham, J.E., Krishnan, S., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2016) Predictors of 30-day readmission following inpatient rehabilitation for high risk patients. Physical Therapy, 96(1), 62-70.
  16. Kumar, A., Al Snih, S., Ottenbacher, K., Wong, R. (2016). Pre-diabetes and Undiagnosed Diabetes among Older Adults in Mexico. Annals of Epidemiology, 26, 163-170.
  17. Kumar, A., Karmarkar, A. Graham, J.E., Resnik, L., Tan, A., Deutsch, A. Ottenbacher, K.J. (2017) Comorbidity indices versus function as potential predictors of 30-Day readmission in older patients following postacute rehabilitation. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci,72(2), 223–228.
  18. Graham J.E., Prvu Bettger J., Fisher S.R., Karmarkar A.M., Kumar A., Ottenbacher K.J. (2017) Duration to admission and hospital transfers affect facility rankings from the postacute 30-Day rehospitalization quality measure.  Health Serv Res, 52(3), 1024-1039.
  19. Middleton A, Downer B, Haas A, Lin YL, Graham JE, Ottenbacher KJ. Functional Status Is Associated With 30-Day Potentially Preventable Readmissions Following Skilled Nursing Facility Discharge Among Medicare Beneficiaries. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2018 Apr;19(4):348-354.