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

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

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

Program Directors

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

Support 

Doaa Abdelrahman, MS
Senior Research Associate
Phone: 409-747-2115 E-mail: doredaab@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

La Kesha Golliday
Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: 409-747-5839 E-mail:  lagollid@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

Madelyn Harvey, MS, RD
Nutritionist I
Phone: 409-266-9725 E-mail:  meharvey@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
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

Isamar Ortiz
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Phone: 409-266-9699 E-mail: iiortiz@utmb.edu

Kelley Prevou
Research Project Manager
Phone: 409-747-1987 E-mail: kaprevou@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, MS, LBSW
Community Education Specialist
Phone: (409) 266-9647 E-mail: alwillia@utmb.edu

Grants Management


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 Loveless
Program Manager
Phone: 409-266-9687 E-mail: clquinta@utmb.edu

Maria Renovato
Management Analyst
Phone: 409-266-7372 E-mail: mdrenova@utmb.edu

 

Director of Biostatistics

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 | Web Biography at PMPH

Director of Data Management

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

Biostatisticians

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

Brandon O'Grady, MS
Biostatistician I
E-mail:  bbogrady@utmb.edu

Yong Shan, PhD
Department of Surgery
Phone: 409-266-9693 E-mail: yoshan@utmb.edu

** denotes Core Investigators

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
Vice Provost, designated Institutional Officer, John Sealy Chair of Neurology

** Suresh Bhavnani, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Informatics
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

Kelly Dineley, PhD
Professor
Neurology

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

** Lorraine Evangelista PhD, RN, CNS, FAHA, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship and Professor
Lena Finke Distinguished Chair for Nursing Arts
School of Nursing

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
Department of 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

Deborah Jones, PhD, RN
Senior Vice President and Dean, School of Nursing
Rebecca Sealy Distinguished Centennial Chair

Rakez Kayed, PhD
Professor, John Sealy Chair for Parkinson's Research, Neurology
Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Disorders

 ** 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
Chair ad interim, Department of Internal Medicine
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Professor of Medicine/Rheumatology

Charles P. Mouton, MD
Provost, Executive Vice President, and Dean, School of Medicine

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 Agin

 ** 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

** Kristen Peek, PhD
Professor and Interim Chair
Centennial Chair in Preventive Medicine and Population Healt

Regino Perez-Polo, PhD
Adjunct Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

 ** 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

 ** 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

Michael Sheetz, PhD
Professor, Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Chair in Chemistry
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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

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

Oscar Suman, PhD
Leon Hess Professor for Burn Injuries Research
Professor, Surgery

Karen Szauter, MD
Professor
Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Giulio Taglialatela, PhD
Lawrence J. Del Papa Distinguished Chair in Neurodegenerative Disease, Neurology
Director, Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases Department: Neurology

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

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
Vice President and Chief Research OfficerVice Dean, Clinical Research in the School of Medicine
Chair, Internal Medicine

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

** Stanley Watowich, PhD
Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Pamela Watson, RN, ScD
Dean Emeritus
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

Wenbo Zhang, PhD
Professor
Ophthalmology

** denotes Core Investigators

** Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD
Professor & Director of Doctoral Program, Rehabilitation Sciences
Director, Master of Science in Health Profession

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

** Jacques G. Baillargeon, PhD
Director, Epidemiology
Preventive Medicine and Population Health

Jose Barral, MD, PhD
Chair of Biomedical Science; Professor
Biomedical Science
Kaiser Permanente

Ludwik Branski, MD
Associate Professor
Surgery

Maria Camacho Hughes, MD
Associate Professor
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

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

** Brian Downer, PhD
Assistant Professor
Rehabilitation Sciences

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

Ella Englander, PhD
Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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

** 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, Center for Community Partnerships (CCP)
Colorado State University

Yonju Ha, PhD
Instructor
Ophthalmology

Bridget Hawkins MBA, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neurology

Helen Hellmich, PhD
Assistant Professor
Anesthesiology

Claudia Hilton, PhD, MBA, OTR, FAOTA
Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy

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

Bret Howrey, PhD
Associate Professor
Family Medicine

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

** Kristofer Jennings, PhD
Assistant Professor
Preventive Medicine and Population Health

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

Vinod Kaushik, MD
Associate Professor
Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship

Michael Kinsky, MD
Associate Professor
Anesthesiology

Balaji Krishnan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neurology

Chih-Ying "Cynthia" Li, PhD, OTR
Assistant Professor
Occupational Therapy

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

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

Neil Mehta, PhD, MSc, MA
Associate Professor
Preventive Medicine and Population Health

** Vineet Menachery, PhD
Assistant Professor
Microbiology & Immunology

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

** Sadaf Milani, PhD
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

** Andrew J. Murton,PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery

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

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

** Monique R. Pappadis, 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
Preventive Medicine and Population Health

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

** Heidi Spratt, PhD
Associate Professor
Preventive Medicine and Population Health

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

** Stephen Williams, MD
Chief, Division of Urology
Associate Professor, Urology and Radiology
Robert Earl Cone Professorship

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

Yumei Ye, PhD
Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Yuhui (Whitney) Yin, PhD
Associate Professor
Pharmacology

** Xiaoying Yu, PhD
Associate Professor
Pharmacology