Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD Professor, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences;
Director, Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program;
Director, Master of Science in Health Professions

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


  • MD 1986 Universidad Central de Venezuela, "Luis Razetti" School of Medicine, Venezuela, Medicine
  • MS 2001 University of Texas Medical Branch, Preventive Medicine and Community Health
  • PhD 2005 University of Texas Medical Branch, Preventive Medicine and Community Health

Current Funding

The Texas Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)
National Institute on Aging, NIH
Grant# P30 AG059301 
Role: Co-Core Director (PI: Markides)

Longitudinal Study of Mexican American Elderly Health
NIH/National Institute on Aging
Grant# R01 AG10939 
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Markides) 

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

Select Publications

  1. Assessing Additional Characteristics of Muscle Function With Digital Handgrip Dynamometry and Accelerometry: Framework for a Novel Handgrip Strength Protocol. McGrath R, Tomkinson GR, Clark BC, Cawthon PM, Cesari M, Al Snih S, Jurivich DA, Hackney KJ.J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2021 Jun 21:S1525-8610(21)00517-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2021.05.033. Online ahead of print.PMID: 34166628
  2. Examination of Cancer and Aging Through Activities of Daily Living: A National Health and Aging Trends Study Analysis. Brick R, Skidmore ER, Al Snih S, Terhorst L.J Aging Health. 2021 May 7:8982643211017656. doi: 10.1177/08982643211017656. Online ahead of print.PMID: 33961520
  3. Changes in Health Care Use by Mexican American Medicare Beneficiaries Before and After a Diagnosis of Dementia. Downer B, Al Snih S, Chou LN, Kuo YF, Raji M, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ.J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2021 Feb 25;76(3):534-542. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glaa236.PMID: 32944734
  4. Depressive symptoms predict low physical performance among older Mexican Americans. Patino J, Rodriguez MA, Al Snih S.Aging Clin Exp Res. 2021 Jan 15. doi: 10.1007/s40520-020-01781-z. Online ahead of print.PMID: 33449338
  5. Is Sensory Loss an Understudied Risk Factor for Frailty? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Tan BKJ, Man REK, Gan ATL, Fenwick EK, Varadaraj V, Swenor BK, Gupta P, Wong TY, Trevisan C, Lorenzo-López L, Millán-Calenti JC, Schwanke CHA, Liljas A, Al Snih S, Tokuda Y, Lamoureux EL.J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2020 Nov 13;75(12):2461-2470. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glaa171.PMID: 32735331
  6. Characterization of Venezuelan Patients With Systemic Sclerosis: A Study in a Tertiary Hospital in Caracas. Rivas-Vargas D, Snih SA, Rodríguez MA.Reumatol Clin (Engl Ed). 2020 Oct 7:S1699-258X(20)30159-5. doi: 10.1016/j.reuma.2020.06.006. Online ahead of print.PMID: 33039312 English, Spanish.
  7. Trajectories of Frailty and Cognitive Decline Among Older Mexican Americans. Howrey BT, Al Snih S, Middleton JA, Ottenbacher KJ.J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2020 Jul 13;75(8):1551-1557. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glz295.PMID: 32012218 Free PMC article.
  8. Frailty transitions predict healthcare use and Medicare payments in older Mexican Americans: a longitudinal cohort study. Li CY, Al Snih S, Chou LN, Karmarkar A, Kuo YF, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ.BMC Geriatr. 2020 Jun 1;20(1):189. doi: 10.1186/s12877-020-01583-y.PMID: 32487037 Free PMC article.
  9. Handgrip Strength Asymmetry and Weakness Are Associated with Lower Cognitive Function: A Panel Study. McGrath R, Cawthon PM, Cesari M, Al Snih S, Clark BC.J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Sep;68(9):2051-2058. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16556. Epub 2020 May 30.PMID: 32473060
  10. Role of depressive symptoms in the health-related quality of life of Venezuelan patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Results from a tertiary care center. Rodríguez MA, Rivero-Carrera NN, Rey-Puente JC, Serra-Bonett N, Al Snih S.Qual Life Res. 2020 Aug;29(8):2129-2136. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02485-7. Epub 2020 Mar 28.PMID: 32222930
  11. Life-Space Mobility in the Elderly: Current Perspectives. Johnson J, Rodriguez MA, Al Snih S.Clin Interv Aging. 2020 Sep 15;15:1665-1674. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S196944. eCollection 2020.PMID: 32982200 Free PMC article. Review.
  12. Healthcare utilization of Mexican-American Medicare beneficiaries with and without Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Downer B, Al Snih S, Raji M, Chou LN, Kuo YF, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ.PLoS One. 2020 Jan 15;15(1):e0227681. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0227681. eCollection 2020.PMID: 31940401 Free PMC article.
  13. Pain as a predictor of frailty over time among older Mexican Americans. Sodhi JK, Karmarkar A, Raji M, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ, Al Snih S.Pain. 2020 Jan;161(1):109-113. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001711.PMID: 31593000 Free PMC article.
  14. The burden of health conditions across race and ethnicity for aging Americans: Disability-adjusted life years. McGrath RP, Snih SA, Markides KS, Faul JD, Vincent BM, Hall OT, Peterson MD.Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Nov;98(46):e17964. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000017964.PMID: 31725658 Free PMC article.
  15. Prevalence of undifferentiated inflammatory arthropathy in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in an endocrinology clinic. Valderrama-Hinds LM, García-Carrión E, Hernández E, Agostini MI, Reyes-Morales OR, Fung L, Al Snih S, Rodríguez MA.Int J Rheum Dis. 2019 Nov;22(11):1985-1989. doi: 10.1111/1756-185X.13722. Epub 2019 Oct
  16. Weakness and cognitive impairment are independently and jointly associated with functional decline in aging Americans. McGrath R, Vincent BM, Hackney KJ, Al Snih S, Graham J, Thomas L, Ehlers DK, Clark BC.Aging Clin Exp Res. 2020 Sep;32(9):1723-1730. doi: 10.1007/s40520-019-01351-y. Epub 2019 Sep 13.PMID: 31520335