SHP Faculty

Faculty Spotlight

September 2021
Steve Fisher

Steve Fisher
Associate Professor (Tenure)
Department of Physical Therapy

Web Biography

Dr. Steve Fisher is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UTMB. He joined the Department in 2011 after completing a Research Fellowship in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences. Prior to UTMB, he was senior physical therapist at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) where he received Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is currently Co-Investigator on several NIH and Foundation funded studies focused on recovery after illness or injury.

Dr. Fisher's research and clinical interests center on physical functioning in older adult clinical populations and how function relates to important health outcomes. This line of inquiry includes i) clarifying the natural history of older patient activity during and following adverse health events, ii) identifying clinically meaningful levels of activity in different clinical scenarios; iii) identifying factors that influence older patient mobility during and after injury or disease; iv) investigations using large data sets (e.g., Medicare claims files) examining linkages between physical function measures and outcomes; and v) clinical studies determining the effectiveness of physical therapy (PT) interventions on function and fall related outcomes. Most recently, these include how non-surgical interventions (e.g., pelvic floor PT and medications) for urinary incontinence impact fall risk and physical functioning in older adults.

Past Faculty Spotlight

  • May 2021 - Chih-Ying "Cynthia" Li
  • March 2021 - Monique R. Pappadis, MEd, PhD
  • December 2020 - Riqiea F. Kitchens, PhD, OTR, BCPR, CSRS
  • August 2019 - Rachel Deer, PhD
  • June 2019 - Elizabeth Lyons, PhD, MPH
  • March 2019 - Amol Karmarkar, PhD
  • December 2019 - Ickpyo Hong, PhD, OTR
  • October 2018 - Lynne Hughes, PT, PhD, OCS, MTC
  • August 2018 - Christopher Fry, PhD
  • June 2018 - Brian Downer, PhD

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