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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

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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 or Core/Project Leader)

Grant# H133G140127
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Department of Education (DOE)
Readmission and Disability Outcomes Related to Post Acute Care
Role: PI


Grant# R01 HD069443
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Hospital Readmission and Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation
Role: PI


Grant# H133P110012
Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research Training Program (Postdoctoral)
Role: PI


Grant# P2C-HD065702
NICHD, NINDS, NIBIB, NIH, Dept of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
Center for Rehabilitation Research using Large Datasets
Role: PI


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

Grant # R01 MD-010355
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHHD), NIH
Long-term Health Outcomes in Mexican American Older Adults
Role: PI

Grant# R24-HS022134
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), DHHS
Patient Centered Outcomes Research in the Elderly
Role: Co-PI and Core Leader, Research Education and Training.
(PI: J. Goodwin)

Grant# P30-AG024832
National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH, DHHS
UTMB Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
Role: Leader, Research & Career Development Core and KL2 Program (PI: E. Volpi)
(J. Goodwin PI 2005-10)


Selected Publications

Snih, S.A., Peek, K.M., Sawyer, P., Markides, K.S., Allman, R.M., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2012). Life-Space Mobility in Mexican Americans aged 75 and older. Journal of American Geriatric Society, 60(3), 532-537.

Samper-Ternent, R., Al Snih, S., Kuo, Y.F., Ray, L.A., Ottenbacher, K.J., Markides, K.S. (2012). Prevalence of health conditions and predictors of mortality in oldest old Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic whites. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 13(3), 254-259.

Ostir, G.V., Goodwin, J.S., Berges, I.M., Ottenbacher, K.J., Guralnik, J.M. (2012). Assessing gait speed in acutely ill older patients admitted to an Acute Care for Elders hospital unit. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172, 335-339.

Ottenbacher, K.J., Graham, J.E., Ottenbacher, A.J., Lee, J., Al Snih, S., Karmarkar, A., Reistetter, T.A., Ostir, G.V. (2012). Hospital readmission in persons with stroke following post-acute rehabilitation. Journals of Gerontology: Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences 67, 875-881.

Ottenbacher, A.J., A l Snih, MD, S., Karmarkar, A., Lee, J., Samper-Ternent, R., Kumar, A., Bindawas, S., Markides, K., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2012). Routine physical activity and mortality among Mexican Americans aged 75 years and older. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60, 1085-1091.

Graham, J.E., Deutsch, A., O'Connell, A.A., Karmarkar, A.M., Granger, C.V., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2013). Inpatient rehabilitation volume and functional outcomes in stroke, lower extremity fracture, and lower extremity joint replacement. Medical Care, 51(5), 404-412.

Fisher, S.R. Kuo, Y.F., Sharma, G., Raji, M., Kumar, A., Goodwin, J.S., Ostir, G.V., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2013). Mobility after hospital discharge as a marker for 30-day readmission. Journals of Gerontology Series A-Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 68 (7):805-810.

Ottenbacher, A.J., Al Snih, S., Bindawas, S., Markides, K.S., Graham, J.E., Samper-Ternent, R., Raji, M.A., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2014) The role of physical activity in reducing cognitive decline in Mexican American older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62:1786-91.

Ottenbacher, K.J., Karmarkar, A., Graham, J.E., Kuo, Y.F., Deutsch A., Reistetter, T., Granger, C.V. (2014). Thirty-day hospital readmission following discharge from post-acute rehabilitation in fee-for-service Medicare patients. JAMA, 311(6), 604-614.

Baillargeon, J., Urban, R.J., Kuo, Y.F., Holmes, H.M., Raji, M.A., Morgentaler, A., Howrey, B.T., Lin, Y.L., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2015). Screening and monitoring in men prescribed testosterone therapy in the United States, 2001 to 2010. Public Health Reports 130(2), 143-152.

Kumar, A., Karmarkar, A.M., Tan, A., Graham, J.E., Arcari, C.M., Snih, S.A., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2015). The effect of obesity on incidence of disability and mortality in Mexicans aged 50 years and older. Salud Pública de México (Mexico Journal of Public Health), 57, suppl 1:S31-S38

Ameredes, B.T., Hellmich, M.R., Cestone, C.M., Wooten, K., Ottenbacher, K.J, Chonmaitree, T., Anderson, K., Brasier, A.R. (2015). The Multidisciplinary Translational Team Model for training and development of translational research investigators. Clinical and Translational Science, 8(5), 533- 541).

Bindawas, S., Al Snih, S., Ottenbacher, A.J., Graham, J.E., Protas, E.J., Markides, K.S., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2015). Association between lower extremity performance and health-related quality of life in elderly Mexican Americans. J Aging Health, 27(6), 1026-45.

Ostir, G.V., Berges, I.M., Ottenbacher, K.J., Fisher, S.R., Hebel, R., Guralnik, J.M. (2015). Gait speed and dismobility in older adults. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(9),1641-5.

Fisher, S.R., Graham, J.E., Krishnan, S., Ottenbacher, K.J. (2016) Predictors of 30-day readmission following inpatient rehabilitation for high risk patients. Physical Therapy, 96(1), 62-70.

Kumar, A., Al Snih, S., Ottenbacher, K., Wong, R. (2016). Pre-diabetes and Undiagnosed Diabetes among Older Adults in Mexico. Annals of Epidemiology, 26, 163-170.