Meet the Membership

SCoA personnel is comprised of Leadership members, Core Investigators, Senior Fellows and Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate Students, and Staff who are involved in aging research, outreach, and scholarly activities.

Leadership

Director

Dr. Volpi

Elena Volpi, MD, PhD
Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine
Director of The Claude Pepper Older American Independence Center
Phone: 409-772-1977
Fax: 409-747-3585
E-mail: evolpi@utmb.edu


Associate Director

Dr. Ottenbacher

Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR
Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair
Professor & Director of The Division of Rehabilitation Sciences
Phone: 409-266-9664; 409-747-1635
Fax: 409-772-1942
E-mail: kottenba@utmb.edu


Associate Director

Dr. Wong

Rebeca Wong, PhD
Peaches & Shrub Kempner Distinguished Professor in Health Disparities
Director of The WHO/ PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health
Phone: 409-266-9661
Fax: 409-772-8931
E-mail: rewong@utmb.edu


Administration

David Hileman, MBA/MHA
Administrator, Medicine Services
Department of Internal Medicine
Department of Neurology
E-mail: mihilema@UTMB.EDU

Stephanie Burt, MS
Administrative Manager
Phone: 409-266-9675
Fax: 409-772-8931
E-mail: stburt@utmb.edu

Directors

Directors

James Goodwin, MD
George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of Geriatric Medicine
Phone: 409-747-1988
Fax: 409-772-9598
E-mail: jsgoodwi@utmb.edu | Web Biography

Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD
Don W. and Frances Powell Professorship in Aging Research
Director of Biostatistics
Phone: 409-266-9665
Fax: 409-772-8931
E-mail: yokuo@utmb.edu

Gulshan Sharma, MD
Director of Implementation Research
Phone: 409-772-2436
Fax: 409-772-9532
Email: gusharma@utmb.edu

Sarah Toombs-Smith, PhD
Director of Manuscript Office
Phone: 409) 266-9655
Fax: 409-772-8931
E-mail: stoombs@utmb.edu

Dong Zhang, PhD
Director of Data Management
Phone: 409-266-9676
Fax: 409-772-8931
E-mail: dzhang@utmb.edu

Ritchie Adoue
Director of RSVP of Galveston County
Sealy Center on Aging Learning Center
Phone: 409-266-9660
Fax: 409-772-8931
E-mail: raadoue@utmb.edu

Staff

Staff

Ritchie Adoue
Assistant Training Manager / Coordinator
Phone: 409-266-9660
E-mail: raadoue@utmb.edu

Summer Rae Filidei-Chapman, RN, MSN
STRIDE Falls Care Manager
Phone: (409) 266-9666
E-mail: srchapma@utmb.edu

Shawn Goodlett
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: 409-266-7590
E-mail: smgoodle@utmb.edu

Roxann Grover, MA
Internet Production Designer
Phone: 409-266-9725
E-mail: rmgrover@utmb.edu

Heather Herndon-Suhey
Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: 409-770-6779
E-mail: heherndo@utmb.edu

Roxana Hirst, MS
Lead Research Project Manager
Phone: 409-266-9641
E-mail: rmhirst@utmb.edu

Rae Kretzmer, MS, RDN
Nutritionist I
Phone: 409-266-9493
E-mail: rmkretzm@utmb.edu

Melissa Lockhart, PhD, GNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Phone: 409-266-9682
E-mail: melockha@utmb.edu

Eloisa Martinez
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: 409-266-9643
E-mail: esmartin@utmb.edu

Priscilla Mascorro
Research Coordinator
E-mail: pmmascor@utmb.edu

Tatiana Moro, PhD
Research Scientist I
Phone: 409-747-2115
E-mail: tamoro@utmb.edu

Alejandra Michaels-Obregon, MSc, MBA
Research Project Manager
Phone: 409-266-9469
E-mail: almichae@utmb.edu

Adetutu Odejimi, RN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner
Phone: 409-266-9648
E-mail: aaodejim@utmb.edu

Kelley Prevou
Research Project Manager
Phone: 409-747-1987
E-mail: kaprevou@utmb.edu

Victoria Randle
Patient Care Technician II
Phone: 409-266-7590
Email: virandle@utmb.edu

Stephanie Settlemire, BFA
Web Production and Graphic Associate
Phone: 409-266-9725
E-mail: sasettle@utmb.edu

Paula Skinkis, MEd
Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: 409-772-1907
E-mail: pskinkis@utmb.edu

Sarah Toombs Smith, PhD
Science Writer / Editor
Phone: 409-266-9655
E-mail: stoombs@utmb.edu

Oscar Townsel
Coordinator I
Phone: 409-266-9679
E-mail: omtownse@utmb.edu

Ming-Qian Zheng
Senior Research Associate
Phone: 409-747-2115
E-mail: mizheng@utmb.edu

Biostatisticians

Director of Biostatistics

Dr. Yong-Fang Kuo

Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD
Don W. and Frances Powell Professorship in Aging Research
Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
Phone: 409-722-1404
Fax: 409-772-8931
E-mail: yokuo@utmb.edu


Senior Biostatisticians

Hyunsu Ju, PhD
Preventive Medicine & Community Health
Email: hyju@utmb.edu

Dong D. Zhang, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging
Phone: 409-266-9676
Email: dzhang@utmb.edu


Biostatisticians

Shuang Li, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging
Phone: 409-266-9693
E-mail: shli@utmb.edu

Michael R. Miller, MS
Sealy Center on Aging
Phone: 409-747-1309
E-mail: mrmiller@utmb.edu

Yong Shan, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging
Phone: 409-266-9693
E-mail: yoshan@utmb.edu

Jie Zhou, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging
Phone: 409-266-9677
E-mail: jiezhou@utmb.edu

Senior Fellows

Senior Fellows

** denotes Core Investigators


Nicola L. Abate, MD
Charles Sprague, MD Distinguished Professor in Internal Medicine
Director, Division of Endocrinology

Jacqueline L. Angel, PhD
Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin

Abbey Berenson, MD MMS, PhD
The Ruth Hartgraves MD Chair in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health

Anish Bhardwaj, MD, MBA, CPE, FACMPE, FACHE, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, FANA
John Sealy Chair of Neurology
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology

** Suresh Bhavnani, PhD
Professor
Institute for Translational Sciences

Jin Mo Chung, PhD
Cecil H & Ida M Green Distinguished Endowed Chair in Neuroscience
Chair, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology

Kathryn Cunningham, PhD
Chauncey Leake Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology
Director, Center on Addiction Research

James Ellor, PhD, DMin
Professor
Social Work, Baylor University

Linda Elting, DrPH
Professor of Health Services Research
Division of Cancer Prevention & Pop. Sciences
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Ken Fujise, MD
John Sealy Distinguished Centennial Chair in Cardiology
Director, Division of Cardiology

Mariano Garcia-Blanco, MD, PhD
Mildred Hajek Vacek and John Roman Vacek Distinguished Chair
Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

** James S. Goodwin, MD
George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine
Division of Geriatrics

Mark Hayward, PhD
Professor of Sociology & Centennial Commission Professor in the Liberal Arts
Department of Sociology
The University of Texas at Austin

Mark Hellmich, PhD
Professor
Surgery

David Herndon, MD
Professor
Surgery

Vivian Ho, PhD
James A Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics
Baker Institute for Public Policy
Rice University

Robert Hummer, PhD
Howard W Odum Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of North Carolina

Rakez Kayed, PhD
Professor, Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Disorders
Department of Neurology

** Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD
Don W & Frances Powell Professorship in Aging Research
Director, Office of Biostatistics

Michael Laposata, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair
Department of Pathology

Michael Malone, MD
Professor of Medicine & Section Head of Geriatrics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health

Rodger Marion, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Humanities & Basic Science

** Kyriakos Markides, PhD
Annie & John Gnitzinger Professor of Aging Studies
Director, Division of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Rex McCallum, MD, FACP, FACR
Professor
Department of Internal Medicine

Kurt Mossberg, PhD, PT
Professor
Department of Physical Therapy

Charles P. Mouton, MD
Vice Dean For Academic Affairs

Andres Oberhauser, PhD
Professor
Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Anatomy

** Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR
Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation
Associate Director, Sealy Center on Aging
Director, Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition

** Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD
Sheridan Lorenz Distinguished Professor in Aging and Health
Department of Nutrition & Metabolism

Jose Pagan, PhD
Director
Center for Health Innovation
New York Academy of Medicine

** John Papaconstantinou, PhD
Bertha & Robert Bucksch Distinguished Professor in Aging
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

** Kristen Peek, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair of Education Program 
Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health

Regino Perez-Polo, PhD
I H Kempner Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

** Don Powell, MD
Bassel & Frances Blanton Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine
Director, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Program Director, General Clinical Research Center
Institute for Translational Sciences

** Mukaila Raji, MD
Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging
Director, Division of Geriatrics

** Blake Rasmussen, PhD
Lloyd & Sue Ann Hill Endowed Professorship in Health Aging
Chair, Department of Nutrition & Metabolism

Linda Rounds, PhD, RN
Betty Lee Evans Distinguished Professor in Nursing
UTMB School of Nursing

Laura Rudkin, PhD
Distinguished Teaching Professor & Centennial Chair
Department of Preventive Medicine & Community. Health

** Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH
Vice President, Chief Medical & Clinical Innovation Officer
Director, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Sealy and Smith Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine

Victor Sierpina, MD
WD and Laura Nell Nicholson Family Professor in Integrative Medicine
Department of Family Medicine

Lawrence Sowers, PhD
John Sealy Distinguished Chair for MD/PhD Combined Degree Studies
Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Satish Srivastava, PhD
Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Maria Suarez-Almazor, MD, PhD
Barnts Family Distinguished Professor
Division of Internal Medicine
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Oscar Suman, PhD
Professor
Surgery

Karen Szauter, MD
Professor
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Giulio Taglialatela, PhD
John Sealy Chair for Parkinson’s Research & Director of Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Department of Neurology

Barbara Thompson, MD
Sealy Hutchings and Lucille Wright Hutchings Chair
Chair, Department of Family Medicine

Brad Thompson, MD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Douglas Tyler, MD
John Woods Harris Distinguished Chair in Surgery
Chair, Department of Surgery

** Randall Urban, MD
Edward Randell & Edward Randell Jr Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

** Elena Volpi, MD, PhD
Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine
Director, Sealy Center on Aging
Associate Director, Institute for Translational Sciences

Pamela Watson, RN, ScD
Rebecca Sealy Centennial Distinguished Chair
Dean, School of Nursing

** Susan Weller, PhD
Director, Family Medicine Research Program
Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health

** Rebeca Wong, PhD
P & S Kempner Distinguished Professor in Health Disparities
Associate Director, Sealy Center on Aging
Director, WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health

Thomas Wood, PhD
Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Wenbo Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Ophthalmology 

Fellows

Fellows

** denotes Core Investigators


** Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Rehabilitation Sciences

** Jacques G. Baillargeon, PhD
Director, Epidemiology
Preventive Medicine & Community Health

Jose Barral, MD, PhD
Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Operations
Neuroscience & Cell Biology

Ludwik Branski, MD
Associate Professor
Surgery

Jiyang Cai, PhD
Associate Professor
Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Anatomy

Maria Camacho Hughes, MD
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Yan Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor
Ophthalmology & Visual Science

Eileen Curl, PhD, RN
Director of Research
Nursing, Lamar University

Jonne Davis, ANP
Nurse Practitioner
Geriatrics, Texas City

** Rachel Deer, PhD
Assistant Professor
Rehabilitation Sciences

Kelly Dineley, PhD
Associate Professor
Neurology

**Brian Downer, PhD
Assistant Professor
Rehabilitation Sciences

Xianglin Du, MD, PhD
Professor
Epidemiology, UT Health Science Center at Houston

** William Durham, PhD
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

Ella Englander, PhD
Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

** Steve Fisher, PhD, PT
Associate Professor
Physical Therapy

** Christopher Fry, PhD
Assistant Professor
Nutrition & Metabolism

** Rebecca Galloway, PhD, PT
Director of Clinical Education
Physical Therapy

Sharon Giordano, MD, MPH
Professor & Department Chair
Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center

James Graham, PhD, DC
Director of Center for Community Partnerships (CCP)
Colorado State University

Loretta Grumbles, MD
Associate Professor
Palliative Care

** Jean Gutierrez, PhD, RD
Assistant Professor
Nutrition & Metabolism

Yonju Ha, PhD
Instructor
Ophthalmology

Bridget Hawkins MBA, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neurology

Helen Hellmich, PhD
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology

** Erin Hommel, MD
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine - Geriatric

Bret Howrey, PhD
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine

** Kimberly Hreha, EdD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Rehabilitation Sciences

Elizabeth Jaramillo, MD, MSCS
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine - Geriatric

** Kristofer Jennings, PhD
Assistant Professor
Preventive Medicine & Community Health

Hyunsu Ju, PhD
Assistant Professor & Senior Biostatistician
Preventive Medicine & Community Health

Amol Karmarkar, PhD
Assistant Professor
Rehabilitation Sciences

Vinod Kaushik, MD
Associate Professor
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Lois Killewich, MD PhD
Assistant Dean for Continuing Education
Surgery

Michael Kinsky, MD
Associate Professor
Anesthesiology

Balaji Krishnan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neurology

** Elizabeth Lyons, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Nutrition & Metabolism

Meredith Masel, PhD. MPH
Assistant Professor
Program Manager - Oliver Center; Rehabilitation Sciences

** Hemalkumar Mehta, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery

Vineet Menachery, PhD
Assistant Professor
Microbology & Immunonology

Anita Mercado, MD
Associate Professor
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Shawn Nishi, MD
Associate Professor & Program Director, PCCM Fellowship Program
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

** Sara Nowakowski, PhD, MS
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ikenna Okereke, MD
Associate Professor & Chief of Thoracic Surgery
Department of Surgery

** Monique Pappadis, PhD, MEd
Assistant Professor
Rehabilitation Sciences

** John Prochaska, DrPH
Assistant Professor
Preventative Medicine & Community Health

Jeff Rabek, PhD
Associate Dean
Office of Student Affairs & Admissions

** Timothy Reistetter, PhD, OTR
Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor in Aging
Department of Occupational Therapy

Carlos Reyes-Ortiz, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine - Geriatric & Palliative Medicine, UT Health Science Center at Houston

Ana Rodriguez MD, PhD
Associate Professor
OB/GYN

Anna Rotkiewicz-Piorun, MD
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

** Rafael Samper Ternent, MD, PhD
Project Consultant
Sealy Center on Aging

Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Geriatric & Palliative Care, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Partha Sarkar, PhD
Associate Professor
Neurology

Steve Shelton, PA-C
Executive Director of Texas Area Health Education Center East
Physician's Assistant Studies

Bartosz Szczesny, PhD
Associate Professor
Anesthesiology

** Sarah Toombs Smith, PhD
Director of Editorial Office
Sealy Center on Aging

Eric Wagner, PhD
Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Stanley Watowich, PhD
Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

** Stephen Williams, MD
Assistant Professor
Surgery - Urology

** Andrea Wirt, MSN, RN
Nurse Practitioner
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Yumei Ye, PhD
Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Yuhui (Whitney) Yin, PhD
Associate Professor
Pharmacology

** Dong Zhang, PhD
Senior Biostatistician
Sealy Center on Aging

Grants Management

Grants Management

Kimberly Moore
Program Manager
Phone: 409-266-9695
E-mail: kmoore@utmb.edu

Janine Ahern
Grants Analyst
Phone: 409-266-9667
E-mail: jfahern@utmb.edu

Roberto Hernandez
Grants Administrator
Phone: 409-266-9724
E-mail: robherna@utmb.edu

Candy Quintanilla
Grants Administrator
Phone: 409-266-9687
E-mail: clquinta@utmb.edu

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