Abiodun Akinwuntan named dean of the University of Kansas School of Health Professions
October 22, 2015
The University of Kansas Medical Center announced Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, has been named dean of the University of Kansas School of Health Professions effective Jan. 18, 2016.
"Dr. Akinwuntan brings with him a rich history of international experience and training," said Douglas A. Girod, M.D., executive vice chancellor for the University of Kansas Medical Center. "He has experienced success as highly collaborative researcher within various departments and schools, and we look forward to benefitting from his unique skill set at the medical center."
Akinwuntan currently serves as associate dean for research in the College of Allied Health Sciences and professor of physical therapy, ophthalmology and neurology at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. Prior to joining Georgia Regents University on 2005, Akinwuntan served as a senior lecturer at the University of East London and a doctoral research assistant at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.
"I am pleased to have a highly respected educator, clinician and researcher like Dr. Akinwuntan joining the University of Kansas as dean of the School of Health Professions," said University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Ph.D. "His research expertise addresses one of the most formidable medical challenges of our time by helping people live with neurological impairment, which aligns with KU's mission to build healthy communities."
Akinwuntan earned a Bachelor of Science in physiotherapy from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in neuromotor rehabilitation from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He also earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of East London and a Master of Public Health from Georgia Regents University.
Akinwuntan's research interests include using simulation and virtual technologies to improve daily living activities after a neurological impairment. In particular, he established a driving simulation laboratory at Georgia Regents University to provide support to patients and research participants with neurological conditions.
Akinwuntan received the 2013-14 U.S. Fulbright Scholarship Award. He was named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster in February 2015 and selected in July 2015 to serve as a member of the four-person peer review committee for all Fulbright grant applications to West and Central Africa.
"I consider it a privilege to become a part of the legacy of the School of Health Professions, which has many programs that are recognized nationally and internationally," said Akinwuntan. "My interactions with the faculty and staff of the school during the interview process convinced me that I will be working with a vibrant and successful team. I look forward to working with the team and those of the Schools of Medicine and Nursing at the University of Kansas Medical Center."
Akinwuntan succeeds Karen L. Miller, Ph.D., RN, who served as dean of the KU School of Health Professions from 1996 until June 2015. John Ferraro, Ph.D., has been serving as interim dean since June and will continue in that role until Akinwuntan assumes his new position.