301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1144
Teaching Areas of Interest
Evidence-Based Practice, Geriatrics, Neurology
Clinical interests have centered on the physical functioning of older adult clinical populations - and how physical functioning in this context relates to important outcomes.
Steven R. Fisher, PhD, PT, GCS, is a Professor (tenure) in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions (SHP) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). Dr. Fisher received his Master of Physical Therapy
from Texas Tech University and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Fisher also has a clinical specialist certification in Geriatric Physical Therapy.
He is a Fellow of the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB and is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Acute Care Section, American Physical Therapy Association, and Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA).
Grants & Funding
- Grant# R01 AG0496-112017 - 2022
- Study: Identifying Therapeutic Targets of Accelerated Sarcopenia
- Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Objective: The goal of this project is to identify the mechanisms that can accelerate loss of muscle size, strength and physical function in type 2 diabetes and with hospitalization in older persons.
- Role: Co-Investigator and supervising physical therapist (5% effort)
- Fisher SR, Graham JE, Ottenbacher KJ, Deer R, Ostir GV. Inpatient Walking Activity to Predict Readmission in Older Adults. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Sep;97(9 Suppl):S226-31. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.09.029. Epub 2016 Jun 2.
- Graham JE, Prvu BJ, Fisher SR, Karmarkar AM, Kumar A, Ottenbacher KJ. Duration to Admission and Hospital Transfers Affect Facility Rankings from the Postacute 30-Day Rehospitalization Quality Measure. Health Serv Res 2016.
- Lewis ZH, Ottenbacher KJ, Fisher SR, Jennings K, Brown AF, Swartz MC, Lyons EJ. Testing Activity Monitors' Effect on Health: Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial Among Older Primary Care Patients. JMIR Res Protoc 2016;5:e59.
- Deer RR, Dickinson JM, Fisher SR, Ju H, Volpi E. Identifying effective and feasible interventions to accelerate functional recovery from hospitalization in older adults: A randomized controlled pilot trial. Contemp Clin Trials 2016;49:6-14.
- Fisher SR, Graham JE, Krishnan S, Ottenbacher KJ. Predictors of 30-Day Readmission Following Inpatient Rehabilitation for Patients at High Risk for Hospital Readmission. Phys Ther. 2015 Sep 10. PubMed PMID: 26359271.
Note: A complete list of all publications can be found on the abbreviated CV.