Kyriakos S. Markides received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1976 from Louisiana State
University. He is currently the Annie and John Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor of Aging
and Director of the Division of Sociomedical Sciences, Department of Preventive Medicine
and Community Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr.
Markides is currently on the board of five professional journals, including Research on
Aging and the Gerontologist. He is also Editor of the Journal of Aging and Health
which he founded in 1989. Dr. Markides is the author or co-author of over 265 publications
most of which are on aging and health issues in the Mexican American population as well
as minority aging issues in general. He is currently Principal Investigator of the Hispanic
EPESE (Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly), a longitudinal
study of the health of 3,050 Mexican American elderly from the five Southwestern states.
Dr. Markides is credited with coining the term Hispanic Epidemiological Paradox (with J.
Coreil) which is currently the leading theme in Hispanic health. He is also the editor of the
Encyclopedia of Health and Aging published by SAGE Publications in April, 2007. The
Institute for Scientific Information (ISA) has recently listed Dr. Markides among the most
highly cited scientists in the world. Dr. Markides is the 2006 recipient of the Distinguished
Mentorship Award of the Gerontological Society of America, Behavioral and Social
Recent and Pending Publications
"Problem Drinking among Mexican Americans: The Influence of Acculturation, Nativity, and Neighborhood Context?" In press.
Markides KS and Eschbach K. (2011). "Hispanic Paradox in Adult Mortality in the united States." In International Handbook of Adult Mortality, Rogers RG and Crimmins EM (eds). Springer 1st Edition.
Markides, K.S., Salinas, J., and Shefield, K. (2009). The Health of older immigrants. Generations. 4:46-52.
Ottenbacher, K.J., Graham, J.E., Snih, S.A., Raji, M., Samper-Ternent, R.,Ostir, G.V. Markides, K.S. (2009). Mexican Americans and frailty: findings from the Hispanic established population epidemiologic studies of the elderly. American Journal of Public Health. 2009;99:673679.
Salinas JJ, Eschbach KA, Markides, KS. (2008). The prevalence of hypertension in older Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Ethnicity & Disease. 18(3):294-8.