Nikhil Satchidanand PhD

Nikhil Satchidanand

Nikhil Satchidanand
PhD

Contact Information
875 Ellicott st.
Suite 8030
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-881-7901
ns1@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

I am a PhD exercise physiologist with expertise in kinesiology, quantitative research methods, and translational research with the aim of promoting successful aging. My research program is focused developing innovative and effective methods of translating non-invasive therapies to improve cognitive and motor function among older adults in under-served, minority communities.

Through an ongoing partnership with a local community organization dedicated to supporting older adults, I have developed and am disseminating a dual-task ("thinking while moving") physical activity-based intervention for older adults managing mild cognitive impairment. I am interested in examining not only the most effective lifestyle and behavior-based therapies to improve cognitive and motor function, but also methods by which to deliver these novel therapies into community settings with unique strengths and challenges. Acquiring a more complete understanding of our older adult community members' perspectives surrounding the appeal and usability of proposed therapeutic strategies is central to my work.

I am also a co-investigator on a Veterans Affairs Small Projects in Rehabilitation Research (SPiRE) grant to study the impact of high intensity interval exercise training (HIIT) on physical performance, muscle strength and quality, frailty, and muscle blood flow among older adult veterans. This important work will help to inform future, larger-scale intervention strategies that employ HIIT to promote successful aging in various clinical contexts.

In addition, through an ongoing collaboration with the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York I am Project Director on a mixed methods assessment focused on better understand primary care providers‘ perspectives, attitudes, and practices regarding screening for fall risk and depression among older patients. The results of our assessment are directly informing development of novel community and primary-care based intervention programs in the Western and Central New York region.

Over the past 4 years I have worked extensively in medical education, striving to improve the research training that primary care providers receive at ever level of their medical education. I work closely with medical students, residents, and faculty members in primary care to inspire the physician-scientist to embrace evidence-based medicine, develop their critical thinking skills, and apply rigor to their practice.

Education and Training:

  • KL2 Mentored Career Development Award Scholar, Translational Science, University at Buffalo State University of New York (2016)
  • Fellowship, Clinical Research in Health Disparity, University at Buffalo State University of New York (2011)
  • PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh (2010)
  • MS, Motor Development, University of Pittsburgh (2006)
  • BS, Health and Wellness, State University College at Buffalo (2002)

Employment:

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (2018-present)
  • Research Scientist, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (2013–2018)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (2011–2013)
  • Research Associate, Family Medicine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York (2009–2010)
  • Research Coordinator, Health and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh (2007–2008)
  • Graduate Student Reseacher, Health and Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh (2004–2007)
  • Health Educator / Coordinator of Volunteers, Health Education, State University College at Buffalo (1999–2002)

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • October 2018–September 2020
    Enhancing functional capacity in older adults with short session high intensity interval training
    Veterans Affairs
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $200,000
  • January 2019–August 2019
    Primary Care Providers' Perspectives and Practices Surrounding Depression Screening in Older Adults
    Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $24,000
  • May 2018–January 2019
    Primary Care Providers‘ Perspectives and Practices Surrounding Fall Risk Screening in Older Adults
    Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $31,000
  • August 2015–August 2017
    Pneumonia Mortality Risk Index to Support Discussions of Care Options with Elders
    AHRQ
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $112,000

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Professional Memberships:

  • American Geriatrics Society (2017–present)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (2015–present)

Presentations:

  • "Does Dual-Task Training Improve Attention and Motor Function In Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment?" School of Medicine Celebration of Scholarship, University at Buffalo, SUNY (2019)
  • "ThinkFIT: Training the Body and Mind Together to Support Cognitive Health in Older Adults" University at Buffalo Golden Reunion Event, University at Buffalo, SUNY (2019)
  • "Does the Benefit of Dalfampridine for Ambulation in Multiple Sclerosis Generalize to Cognitive Function?" Department of Medicine Research Day, University at Buffalo, SUNY (2018)
  • "Exploring Health Related Quality of Life among Elders with Peripheral Arterial Disease: a Path Perspective" Translational Science, Association for Clinical and Translational Science (2017)
  • "Development of a Mortality Index to Facilitate Shared Decision-making among Elders Admitted to the ICU with Pneumonia" Translational Science, Association for Clinical and Translational Science (2016)
  • "The Positive Predictive Value of a Single Measurement of Glomerular Filtration Rate under 60mL/min in the Diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease." Translational Science, Association for Clinical and Translational Science (2015)
  • "Modeling Health Care Utilization in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Patients: Distinguishing Factors That Influence the Decision to Consult a Doctor From Those That Influence Frequency of Doctor Visits" Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology (2014)
  • "A Pneumonia Risk Index to Assist Palliative Care Evaluation for Persons Age 75 Years and Older" National Seminar Poster Session, Center to Advance Palliative Care (2013)
  • "Factors Predictive of Mortality in Elderly Patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit" American College of Physicians Symposium, American College of Physicians (2013)
  • "The Predictive Value of Micrometastasis in Non-sentinel Lymph Nodes" Southeastern Surgical Congress Annual Meeting, Southeastern Surgical Congress (2012)
  • "Walking Ability is Associated with Chronic Pain, Depression and Overweight among Community Dwelling Older Adults" American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, American Geriatrics Society (2012)
  • "Patterns of Complex Chronic Disease In Two Family Practices Serving Low-income Minority Patients" North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, North American Primary Care Research Group (2010)
  • "Psycho-social Factors Associated with Attainment of Physiological Criteria for Maximal Oxygen Uptake" American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, American College of Sports Medicine (2009)
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Service Activities:

  • University at Buffalo Center of Excellence in Alzheimer‘s Disease; Develop online and live educational presentations for primary care providers surrounding screening for cognitive impairment.; Member (2019–present)
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Reviewer (2018–present)
  • University at Buffalo Center for Successful Aging; Board Member (2018–present)
  • William-Emslie YMCA Senior Center; Provide ongoing guidance on development of physical activity-based methods to help older adults improve motor and cognitive function, as part of the YMCA wellness and fitness programming.; Volunteer (2017–present)
  • Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise; Reviewer (2017–present)
  • University at Buffalo CTSI; Community of Scholars; Member (2016–present)
  • University at Buffalo GME Scholarly Exchange Day Faculty Facilitator; Other (2012–2016)
  • Journal of Health and Physical Activity; Reviewer (2011–present)

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Contact Information

875 Ellicott st.
Suite 8030
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-881-7901
ns1@buffalo.edu