Membership


Fellows and Senior Fellows represent all four schools and three institutes at UTMB. Membership in the center is by appointment, based on faculty’s research interest and scholarly work on aging.

Personnel Directory

Center Directors

Administrative Leadership

Directory

  • David Hileman, MBA/MHA - Administrator

    Administrator, Medicine Services, Departments of Internal Medicine and Neurology
    E-mail: mihilema@UTMB.EDU
  • Stephanie Burt, MS - Manager

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

Progam Directors

Directory

  • James S. Goodwin, MD, Founding Director

    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 - Director of Biostatistics

    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 | Web Biography at PMPH
  • Gulshan Sharma, MD - Director of Implementation Research

    Director of Implementation Research
    Phone: 409-772-2436
    Fax: 409-772-9532
    Email: gusharma@utmb.edu | Web Biography at Internal Med
  • Sarah Toombs-Smith, PhD - Director of Manuscript Office

    Director of Manuscript Office
    Phone: 409) 266-9655
    Fax: 409-772-8931
    E-mail: stoombs@utmb.edu
  • Ritchie Adoue - Director of RSVP of Galveston County

    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
  • Shuang Li, PhD

    Director of Data Management
    Biostatistician II
    Sealy Center on Aging
    Phone: 409-266-9693
    E-mail: shli@utmb.edu

Directory

  • Doaa Abdelrahman, MS

    Senior Research Associate
    Phone: 409-747-2115
    E-mail: doredaab@utmb.edu
  • Kristi Craig

    Clinical Research Coordinator
    Phone: (409) 266-9630
    E-mail: klcraig@utmb.edu
  • Anahi Delgadillo

    Research Associate II
    Phone: 409-770-6615
    E-mail: addelgad@utmb.edu
  • Summer Rae Filidei-Chapman, RN, MSN

    Research Nurse IV
    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 | Web Biography
  • 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

    Research Project Manager
    Phone: 409-266-9643
    E-mail: esmartin@utmb.edu
  • Priscilla Mascorro

    Research Coordinator
    E-mail: pmmascor@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
  • Nicole Robertson-James

    Clinical Research Coordinator
    Email: nicrober@utmb.edu
  • Paula Skinkis, MEd

    Clinical Research Coordinator
    Phone: 409-772-1907
    E-mail: pskinkis@utmb.edu
  • Oscar Townsel

    Coordinator I
    Phone: 409-266-9679
    E-mail: omtownse@utmb.edu
  • Alice Williams, LBSW, MS

    Community Education Specialist
    Phone: (409) 266-9647
    E-mail: alwillia@utmb.edu
Grants Management

Directory

Directory

  • Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD - Director of Biostatistics

    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 | Web Biography at PMPH
  • Shuang Li, PhD

    Director of Data Management
    Biostatistician II
    Sealy Center on Aging
    Phone: 409-266-9693
    E-mail: shli@utmb.edu

Directory

  • Hyunsu Ju, PhD

    Senior Biostatistician
    Preventive Medicine & Community Health
    Email: hyju@utmb.edu
  • Matthew R. Miller, MS

    Biostatistician
    Sealy Center on Aging
    Phone: 409-747-1309
    E-mail: mrmiller@utmb.edu
  • Yong Shan, PhD

    Department of Surgery
    Phone: 409-266-9693
    E-mail: yoshan@utmb.edu
** 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

David A. Brown, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Senior Vice President and Dean, School of Health Professions

 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

 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

 Angela Shepherd, MD
Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Department of Family 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

 Huey-Ming Tzeng, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor
School of Nursing

 ** 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

** denotes Core Investigators

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

  Amber Armstead, OTR/L, DrPH
Assistant Professor
Occupational Therapy

**   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
Microbiology & Immunology

  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

  Norma Perez, MD, DrPH
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine-Geriatrics
Director, Hispanic Center for Excellence
Associate Dean for Student Affairs, School of Medicine

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

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

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