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

Karl Eschbach, PhD
Director of Population Research
Phone: 409-266-9680
Fax: 409-772-8931
E-mail: kaeschba@utmb.edu

James Goodwin, MD
George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of Geriatric Medicine
Phone: 409-747-1987
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

Helen Appelberg, DMin
Director of Spirituality in Aging Center
Phone: 409-266-9682
Fax: 409-772-8931
E-mail: hwappelb@utmb.edu | Web Biography

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

Elizabeth "Bets" Anderson, DrPH, FAAN
Director of Community Education and Outreach
Phone: 409-266-9692
Email: etanders@utmb.edu

Staff

Staff

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

Helen Appelberg, DMin
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Phone: 409-266-9682
E-mail: hwappelb@utmb.edu

Elizabeth "Bets" Anderson, DrPH, FAAN
Community Education Specialist
Phone: 409-266-9692
Email: etanders@utmb.edu

Paige Birkelbach, MPH
Research Coordinator
Phone: 409-266-9644
E-mail: lpbirkel@utmb.edu

Carla M. Bradley, MA
Senior Graphics Specialist
Phone: 409-266-9725
E-mail: cabradle@utmb.edu

Rachel Deer, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow II
Phone: (409) 266-9640
E-mail: rrdeer@utmb.edu

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

Marc Garcia, PhD
Postdoctoral Trainee
E-mail: marcagar@utmb.edu

Shawn Goodlett
Coordinator, Clinical Research
Phone: 409-772-1982
E-mail: smgoodle@utmb.edu

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

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

Syed Husaini, MD
Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: 409-266-9648
E-mail: shhusain@utmb.edu

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

Tatiana Moro, PhD
Research Fellow
E-mail: tamoro@utmb.edu

Alejandra Michaels-Obregon, MSc, MBA
Research Coordinator
E-mail: almichae@utmb.edu

Adrienne Shreve
Coordinator II
Phone: 409-747-1987
E-mail: adrmitch@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

Luis Miguel Valderrama Hinds, MD
Visiting Scientist
Phone: 409-266-9652
E-mail: luvalder@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
Email: dzhang@utmb.edu


Biostaticians

Deepak Adhikari, MS
Surgery - General Surgery
E-mail: deadhika@utmb.edu

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

Wei Zhang, MS
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary/Critical Care
E-mail: wezhang1@utmb.edu

Jie Zhou, PhD
Sealy Center on Aging
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
UTMB School of Medicine

** Elizabeth Anderson, DrPH
Director, Community Education & Outreach
Sealy Center on Aging

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

** Helen Appelberg, DMin
Director, Center for Spirituality of Aging
Sealy Center on Aging

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

Allan Brasier, MD
Nelda C and HJ Lutcher Stark Distinguished Chair in Endocrinology
Director, Institute for Translational Sciences
UTMB School of Medicine

Howard Brody, MD, PhD
John P. McGovern Centennial Chair in Family Medicine
Institute of Medical Humanities
UTMB School of Medicine

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

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

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

** Karl Eschbach, PhD
Director, Population Research, Sealy Center on Aging
Division of Geriatrics
UTMB School of Medicine

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

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

Bernard Godley, MD, PhD, MBA
Senior Client Partner
Academic Medicine Practice
Korn Ferry Institute

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

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

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

Danny Jacobs, MD, MPH
Thomas N & Gleaves T James Distinguished Chair
EVP, Provost, & Dean
UTMB School of Medicine

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

Michael Laposata, MD, PhD
Professor & Chair
Department of Pathology
UTMB School of Medicine

Steven Lieberman, MD
John P. McGovern Distinguished Chair in Oslerian Medicine
Senior Dean for Administration
Division of Endocrinology
UTMB School of Medicine

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
UTMB School of  Health Professions

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

Kurt Mossberg, PhD, PT
Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
UTMB School of Health Professions

** 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
UTMB School of Health Professions

** Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD
Professor
Department of Nutrition & Metabolism
UTMB School of Health Professions

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
UTMB School of Medicine

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

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

** 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
UTMB School of Medicine

** Elizabeth Protas, PhD, PT
George T Bryan Distinguished Professor
Vice President & Dean
UTMB School of Health Professions

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

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

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
UTMB School of Medicine

** Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH
Sealy & Smith Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine
Director, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Associate Chief Medical Officer
UTMB School of Medicine

** Melinda Sheffield-Moore, PhD
Director, Translational Technologies Key Resource
Director, Core & Imaging Laboratories
Assistant Program Director, Clinical Research Center
Institute for Translational Sciences
UTMB School of Medicine

** Labros Sidossis, PhD
Sheriden Lorenz Distinguished Professorship in Aging & Health
Director of Metabolism, Shriners Hospital for Children
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Geriatrics
UTMB School of Medicine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
UTMB School of Medicine

** 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
UTMB School of Medicine

Thomas Wood, PhD
Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
UTMB School of Medicine

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

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

Kelly Dineley, PhD
Associate Professor
Neurology

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

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

Jennifer Ellison, PT, PhD
Associate Professor & Admissions Chair
Physical Therapy

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

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
Associate Professor
Rehabilitation Sciences

Loretta Grumbles, MD
Associate Professor
Palliative Care

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

Helen Hellmich, PhD
Associate Professor
Anesthesiology

Holly Holmes, MD
Associate Professor & Division Director
Internal Medicine - Geriatric & Palliative Medicine

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

Bret Howrey, PhD
Assistant Professor
Family Medicine

** 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
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

Lois Killewich, MD PhD
Assistant Dean for Continuing Education
Surgery

Michael Kinsky, MD
Associate Professor
Anesthesiology

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

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

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

Oma Morey, PhD
Senior Medical Educator
Office of Education Development

Margaret Ottenbacher, PhD
Research Nurse Manager
Institute for Translational Science

** 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
Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy

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

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

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

Karen Szauter, MD
Professor
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Sarah Tom, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Preventive Medicine & Community Health

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

Eric Wagner, PhD
Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Stephen Williams, PhD
Associate Professor
Surgery - Urology

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

** 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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