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Steve Fisher, PhD, PT

Associate Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Texas Medical Branch


Phone: (409) 747-3575

Lead Mentor

K. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

Research Areas

Functional performance in older adults

  • 1996 University of Houston, Texas Pre Physical Therapy BS
  • 1999 Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, Texas Physical Therapy MS
  • 2008 University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas Rehabilitation Sciences PhD

Research Funding

No number (Volpi) 10/01/13-12/31/16 Dairy Research Institute Whey Protein and Exercise to Accelerate Recovery of Muscle Mass and Function after Acute Hospitalization Goal: Randomized placebo controlled clinical trial will identify effective and practical intervention strategies to accelerate physical recovery after hospitalization for an acute illness in previously independent older adults. Role: Co-Investigator & Physical Therapist

P30 AG024832 (Volpi) 06/15/05 - 04/30/20 National Institute on Aging, NIH Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (Leader, Research Career Development Core) Goal: Develop and test interventions to reduce and prevent disability in older Americans related to the cell biology and physiology of muscle function (J. Goodwin PI 06/15/05-05/31/10). Role: Co-Investigator & Physical Therapist

Publications (past 5 years)

Graham JE, Prvu Bettger J, Fisher SR, Karmarkar AM, Kumar A, Ottenbacher KJ. Duration to Admission and Hospital Transfers Affect Facility Rankings from the Postacute 30-Day Rehospitalization Quality Measure. Health Serv Res. 2016 Jun 28.

Fisher SR, Graham JE, Ottenbacher KJ, Deer R, Ostir GV. Inpatient Walking Activity to Predict Readmission in Older Adults. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Sep;97(9 Suppl):S226-31.

Deer RR, Dickinson JM, Fisher SR, Ju H, Volpi E. Identifying effective and feasible interventions to accelerate functional recovery from hospitalization in older adults: A randomized controlled pilot trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2016 Jul;49:6-14.

Lewis ZH, Ottenbacher KJ, Fisher SR, Jennings K, Brown AF, Swartz MC, Lyons EJ. Testing Activity Monitors' Effect on Health: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial Among Older Primary Care Patients. JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 Apr 29;5(2):e59. PMCID: PMC4867768.

Fisher SR, Graham JE, Krishnan S, Ottenbacher KJ. Predictors of 30-Day Readmission Following Inpatient Rehabilitation for Patients at High Risk for Hospital Readmission. Phys Ther. 2016 Jan;96(1):62-70. PMCID: PMC4706595.

Ostir GV, Berges IM, Ottenbacher KJ, Fisher SR, Barr E, Hebel JR, Guralnik JM. Gait Speed and Dismobility in Older Adults. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Sep;96(9):1641-5.

Lephart K, Utsey C, Wild DL, Fisher SR. Estimating energy expenditure for different assistive devices in the school setting. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2014 Fall;26(3):354-9.

Ostir GV, Berges IM, Kuo YF, Goodwin JS, Fisher SR, Guralnik JM. Mobility activity and its value as a prognostic indicator of survival in hospitalized older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Apr;61(4):551-7. PMCID: PMC3628089.

Fisher SR, Kuo YF, Sharma G, Raji MA, Kumar A, Goodwin JS, Ostir GV, Ottenbacher KJ. Mobility after hospital discharge as a marker for 30-day readmission. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2013 Jul;68(7):805-10. PMCID: PMC3674716.

Fisher SR, Graham JE, Brown CJ, Galloway RV, Ottenbacher KJ, Allman RM, Ostir GV. Factors that differentiate level of ambulation in hospitalised older adults. Age Ageing. 2012 Jan;41(1):107-11. PMCID: PMC3234075.

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