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Ken Ottenbacher

Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation; Professor & Director, Division of Rehabilitation Science; Director, Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition; Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research, School of Health Professions



301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-1137
Phone: (409) 747-1637
Fax: (409) 747-1638
Email: kottenba@utmb.edu

Research Areas

Functional assessment, outcomes measures, frailty, disability


BS 1972 University of Montana, Missoula
BS 1975 University of Central Arkansas, Conway
MS 1976 University of Tennessee, Knoxville
PhD 1982 University of Missouri, Columbia

Funding (as Principal Investigator)

Grant# H133G140127
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), DOE
Readmission and Disability Outcomes Related to Post Acute Care


Grant# R01 HD069443
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, NIH
Hospital Readmission and Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation


Grant# H133P110012
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, DOE
Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research Training Program (Postdoctoral)


Grant# R24 HD065702
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, NIH
Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets


Grant# K12 HD055929
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, NIH
Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program

Completed (last 3 years)

Grant# H133G080163
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, DOE
Impact of Prospective Payment on Rehabilitation Outcomes


Grant# T32 HD007539
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, NIH
Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research Predoctoral Training

Grant# R01 AG017638
National Institute of Aging, NIH
Disablement Process in Mexican American Older Adults

Selected Publications

Ottenbacher KJ, Smith P, Illig I, Fiedler R, Granger CV. Length of stay and hospital readmission for persons with disabilities. Am J Pub Health 2000;90:1920-1925.

Ostir GV, Goodwin JS, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ, Balfour J, Guralnik JM. Differential effects of pre-morbid physical and emotional health on recovery from acute illness. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002;50:713-718.

Ottenbacher, KJ, Smith P, Illig S, Linn RT, Ostir GV, Gonzales VA, Granger CV. Disparity in health services and outcomes for persons with hip fracture and lower extremity joint replacement. Med Care 2003;41:232-241.

Ottenbacher KJ, Smith P, Illig S, Peek MK, Fielder RC, Granger CV. Hospital readmission of persons with hip fracture following medical rehabilitation. Ann Epidemiol 2003;36:15-22.

Ottenbacher KJ, Smith P, Illig S, Ostir G, Linn R, Granger CV. Trends in length of stay, functional outcomes, living setting and mortality following medical rehabilitation. JAMA 2004;292:1687-1695.

Deutsch A, Granger CV, Fiedler RC, DeJong G, Kane RL, Ottenbacher KJ, Heinemann AW, Naughton JP, Trevisan M. Outcomes and reimbursement of inpatient rehabilitation facilities and subacute rehabilitation programs for Medicare beneficiaries with hip fracture. Med Care 2005;43:892-901.

Ostir GV, Kuo YF, Berges IM, Markides, KS, Ottenbacher, KJ. Measures of lower body function and risk of mortality over 7 years of follow up. Am J Epidemiol 2007;166, 599-605.

Al Snih S, Markides KS, Kuo YF, Ottenbacher KJ, Goodwin JS. The effect of obesity on disability versus mortality in older Americans. Arch Intern Med 2007 167(8), 774-780.

Ottenbacher KJ, Campbell J, Kuo YF, Ostir GV, Deutsch A, Granger CV. Racial and ethnic differences in post acute rehabilitation outcomes following stroke in the U.S. Stroke 2008;39:1514-1519. PMCID: PMC2642622

Nguyen-Oghalai TU, Kuo YF, Zhang DD, Graham JE, Goodwin JS, Ottenbacher KJ. Discharge setting for patients with hip fracture: Trends from 2001 to 2005. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008:56: 1063-1068. PMCID: PMC2441644

Ottenbacher KJ, Graham JE, Al Snih S, Raji MA, Samper-Ternent R, Ostir GV, Markides KS. Mexican Americans and frailty: Findings from the Hispanic Established Populations Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly. Am J Pub Health 2009;99:673-678. PMCID: PMC2661466

Fisher S, Kuo YF, Graham JE, Ottenbacher KJ, Ostir GV. Early ambulation and length of stay in older adults hospitalized for acute illness. Arch intern Med 2010;170:1942-1944. PMCID: PMC3136816

Ostir GV, Goodwin JS, Berges IM, Ottenbacher KJ, Guralnik JM. Assessing gait speed in acutely ill older patients admitted to an acute care for elders hospital unit. Arch Intern Med 2012. 172: 335-339.

Ottenbacher KJ, Graham JE, Ottenbacher AJ, Lee J, Al Snih S, Karmarkar A, Reistetter TA, Ostir GV. Hospital readmission in persons with stroke following post-acute inpatient rehabilitation. J Geront: Bio Sci Med Sci 2012;67(8):875-881. PMCID: PMC3403861

Graham JE, Deutsch A, O'Connell AA, Karmarkar AM, Granger CV, Ottenbacher KJ. Inpatient rehabilitation volume and functional outcomes in stroke, lower extremity fracture, and lower extremity joint replacement. Med Care 2013;51(5):404-412. PMCID: PMC3625251

Ottenbacher KJ, Karmarkar A, Graham JE, Kuo YF, Deutsch A, Reistetter T, Granger CV. Thirty-day hospital readmission following discharge from post-acute rehabilitation in fee-for-service Medicare patients. JAMA 2014;311(6):604-614.