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

Email: soalsnih@utmb.edu | Research Expert Profile | ResearchGate | Google Scholar
Research Area: Obesity, frailty, disability, muscle strength, and population health and health disparities.

Education

  • 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)
2018-2022

Longitudinal Study of Mexican American Elderly Health
NIH/National Institute on Aging
Grant# R01 AG10939 
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Markides) 
2019-2023

Long-term Health Outcomes in Mexican American Older Adults
National Institute on Aging, NIH
Grant# R01 MD010355 
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Ottenbacher)
2015-2019

Select Publications

  1. Validation of the Modified Frailty Phenotype Measure in Older Mexican Americans. Li CY, Al Snih S, Chen NW, Markides KS, Sodhi J, Ottenbacher KJ. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Aug 15. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16104. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Differences in hospitalizations, emergency room admissions, and outpatient visits among Mexican-American Medicare beneficiaries. Downer B, Al Snih S, Chou LN, Kuo YF, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ. BMC Geriatr. 2019 May 21;19(1):136. doi: 10.1186/s12877-019-1160-9.
  3. The burden of health conditions for middle-aged and older adults in the United States: disability-adjusted life years. McGrath R, Al Snih S, Markides K, Hall O, Peterson M. BMC Geriatr. 2019 Apr 8;19(1):100. doi: 10.1186/s12877-019-1110-6.
  4. The Burden of Functional Disabilities for Middle-Aged and Older Adults in the United States. McGrath R, Al Snih S, Markides K, Hackney K, Bailey R, Peterson M. J Nutr Health Aging. 2019;23(2):172-174. doi: 10.1007/s12603-018-1133-2.
  5. Combined effects of cognitive impairment and pre-frailty on future frailty and death in older Mexican Americans. Downer B, Al Snih S, Howrey BT, Raji MA, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ. Aging Ment Health. 2018 Nov 24:1-8. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1493719. [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Handgrip Strength and Health in Aging Adults. McGrath RP, Kraemer WJ, Snih SA, Peterson MD. Sports Med. 2018 Sep;48(9):1993-2000. doi: 10.1007/s40279-018-0952-y.
  7. Frailty and diabetes among Mexican American older adults. Howrey BT, Al Snih S, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ. Ann Epidemiol. 2018 Jul;28(7):421-426.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2018.04.009. Epub 2018 Apr 26.
  8. Early frailty transition predicts 15-year mortality among nondisabled older Mexican Americans. Li CY, Al Snih S, Karmarkar A, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ. Ann Epidemiol. 2018 Jun;28(6):362-367.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2018.03.021. Epub 2018 Apr 12.
  9. Falls in Mexican older adults aged 60 years and older. Valderrama-Hinds LM, Al Snih S, Chen NW, Rodriguez MA, Wong R. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2018 Nov;30(11):1345-1351. doi: 10.1007/s40520-018-0950-9. Epub 2018 Apr 17.
  10. What Types of Treatment Are Provided for Patients With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? A Retrospective Analysis of Commercial Insurance. Baker NA, Stevans JM, Terhorst L, Haas AM, Kuo YF, Al Snih S. PM R. 2018 Aug;10(8):826-835. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2018.02.004. Epub 2018 Feb 13.
  11. Coordination Impairments Are Associated With Falling Among Older Adults. James EG, Leveille SG, Hausdorff JM, Barton B, Cote S, Karabulut M, Conatser P, Kennedy DN, Tucker KL, Al Snih S, Markides KS, Bean JF. Exp Aging Res. 2017 Oct-Dec;43(5):430-439. doi: 10.1080/0361073X.2017.1369634. Epub 2017 Oct 26.
  12. Subclinical Synovitis Measured by Ultrasound in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients With Clinical Remission Induced by Synthetic and Biological Modifying Disease Drugs. Cruces M, Al Snih S, Serra-Bonett N, Rivas JC. Reumatol Clin. 2017 Oct 9. pii: S1699-258X(17)30228-0. doi: 10.1016/j.reuma.2017.08.004. [Epub ahead of print]
  13. The reliability and validity of a Venezuelan version of the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI) and Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI). Rauseo Vera M, Gutiérrez-González LA, Maldonado I, Al Snih S. Reumatol Clin. 2017 Sep 21. pii: S1699-258X(17)30226-7. doi: 10.1016/j.reuma.2017.08.002. [Epub ahead of print]
  14. The Effects of Chronic Medical Conditions and Obesity on Self-Reported Disability in Older Mexican Americans. Nam S, Snih SA, Markides K. Tex Public Health J. 2017 Summer;69(3):12-15.
  15. Rhythmic Interlimb Coordination Impairments Are Associated With Mobility Limitations Among Older Adults. James EG, Leveille SG, Hausdorff JM, Travison T, Cote S, Conatser P, Karabulut M, Mendes AC, Kennedy DN, Tucker KL, Al Snih S, Markides KS, Bean JF. Exp Aging Res. 2017 Jul-Sep;43(4):337-345. doi: 10.1080/0361073X.2017.1333819.
  16. The Impact of 10-Year Physical Activity Changes on 7-Year Mortality in Older Mexican Americans. Lewis ZH, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ, Al Snih S. J Phys Act Health. 2018 Jan 1;15(1):30-39. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0454. Epub 2017 Sep 22.
  17. 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.
  18. 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 May 30. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16556. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32473060
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Boundaries of the Construct of Unemployment in the Preretirement Years: Exploring an Expanded Measurement of Lost-Work Opportunity. Voss MW, Al Snih S, Li W, Hung M, Richards LG. Work Aging Retire. 2020 Jan;6(1):59-63. doi: 10.1093/workar/waz006. Epub 2019 Jun 27. PMID: 31949916 Free PMC article.
  22. 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.;