Ken Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

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

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Research Area: Research methods, functional assessment, rehabilitation outcomes

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  • 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 Minority Health and Health Disparities, 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 Education Core (PI: Volpi) (J. Goodwin PI 2000-10)

Select Publications

  1. Al 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. 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. 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).
  12. 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. 13.
  13. Middleton, A., Graham, J.E., Lin, Y.L., Goodwin, J.S., Bettger, J.P., Deutsch, A., Ottenbacher, K.J.(2016). Motor and cognitive functional status are associated with 30-day unplanned rehospitalization following post-acute care in Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 31(12), 1427-1434.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Downer, B., Thomas, K.S., Mor, V., Goodwin, J.S., Ottenbacher, K.J.(2017). Cognitive status of older adults on admission to a skilled nursing facility according to hospital discharge diagnosis of dementia. Journal of the American Medical Director’s Association, 18(8), 726-728.
  17. 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 Services Research, 52(3), 1024-1039.
  18. 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. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2018 Apr;19(4):348-354.
  19. Middleton, A., Graham, J.E., Prvu Bettger, J., Haas, A., Ottenbacher, K.J.(2018). Facility and geographic variation in rates of successful community discharge following inpatient rehabilitation among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. JAMA Network Open, 1(7), e184332. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.4332 20.
  20. Middleton, A., Downer, B., Haas, A., Knox, S., Ottenbacher, K.J.(2019). Functional status is associated with 30-day potentially preventable readmissions following home health care. Medical Care, 57(2), 145-151.