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Dean's Leadership Series

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photo of Abiodun Akinwuntan

Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA
Dean and Professor

The vision of the University of Kansas School of Health Professions is to lead the nation in developing future leaders of the health professions, medical institutions, and academia.

The Dean's Leadership Series aims to foster the natural leadership abilities of faculty, staff, and students in the school. The one-hour lunch sessions include brief remarks from an invited speaker with a distinguished career of leadership in academia and in the health professions.

After learning about the speaker's pathway to leadership positions and the traits that allowed them to succeed, an interactive session follows for the audience to ask questions and discuss topics.

While this program was designed with School of Health Professions faculty, staff, students, and alumni in mind, all employees at KU Medical Center are invited to attend.


February 11, 2020:
"Faster Alone, Further Together."

The Dean's Leadership Series presented keynote speaker Martijn Spruit, Ph.D.

photo of Martijn Spruit

About the Speaker

Visiting from Europe, Martijn Spruit, Ph.D., is widely recognized for his research in pulmonary rehabilitation. He currently serves as interim director of research and development for the Ciro medical center in Horn, Netherlands.

He has received numerous individual awards and led a research team in successfully producing $5.5 million (5 million euros) in grant funding and another $7.2 million for research consortia.

Spruit is a professor at both Maastricht University in Maastricht, Netherlands, and Hasselt University in Diepenbeek, Belgium. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles on respiratory rehabilitation, physical inactivity, and treatable extrapulmonary features in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He's also held numerous leadership positions in prominent research and rehabilitation organizations within the European Union.


Inaugural Event: February 11, 2019

  • Lisa K. Saladin, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA

    Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
    Medical University of South Carolina

  • Held February 11, 2019 in School of Nursing G013 auditorium

About the Speaker

photo of Lisa SaladinAs the chief academic officer of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., Saladin manages a $40M annual budget and oversees the institution’s six colleges (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Professions, and Graduate Studies) as well as the Hollings Cancer Center, the university’s library, and departments supporting research, student life, and diversity/gender equity, among others.

Saladin is best known for her excellence as an educator. She has experience in curriculum development, interprofessional education, distance education, and development of innovative methods to engage and motivate students to learn.

She has been widely recognized for her teaching excellence with three University Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards, a South Carolina Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award, and a 2009 Medical University of South Carolina Master Teacher designation. In 2008, she was recognized nationally for her teaching excellence by the American Physical Therapy Association with the Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching. Bio

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