Office of the Dean
School of Health Professions
MS 2007, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Last spring, the University of Kansas School of Health Professions published the first issue of “the insider” with an overview of our departments and highlights of some of the exciting things happening across our school.
In this edition, we proudly present some major accomplishments of our vibrant and hardworking faculty, staff and students. Not only did our faculty continue to engage in highly innovative research, our newly appointed associate dean for research, Dr. Susan Carlson, was named a University Distinguished Professor. Our excellence in teaching is exemplified by our faculty receiving three of the four University of Kansas Medical Center Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching award for 2017. In profound appreciation of the contributions of our staff to the teaching, research, and service missions of our school, Angela Carrasco and Christi Johnson were presented with staff awards.
As we continue to grow with new degree offerings and increasing enrollment, our students continue to win prestigious awards regionally and nationally, and our graduates continue to contribute to the health care workforce across the United States and beyond. It is with all sense of pride that we celebrate the first graduate of our Doctor of Speech Language Pathology, the first in the history of the University of Kansas.
To strengthen the leadership of our School, Dr. Jeff Radel was appointed as the associate dean for academic and student affairs, Dr. Patricia Kluding as chair of physical therapy and rehabilitation science, Dr. Carrie Ciro as chair of occupational therapy education and Dr. Tiffany Johnson as the interim chair of Hearing and Speech and interim co-director of the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders. We are fortunate to have such strong leaders in their respective fields serve our school in their new roles and welcome them wholeheartedly.
Finally, we proudly present our newly constituted Board of Advocates (BOA). Members of the BOA are all highly accomplished leaders in different fields. They are committed, individually and collectively, to supporting our school with their experience, advocacy, and wise counsel.
Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA
Dean, School of Health Professions
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Professor, Department of Neurology
In this issue
First Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology graduate in KU history
Danilda Osunfisan completed her capstone experience, marking the final step in becoming the first student to complete the new Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) at the University of Kansas.
Understanding mitochondrial defects
When associate professor Hao Zhu, Ph.D., discovered the human Ncb5or gene during his postdoctoral days at Harvard Medical School, it was a breakthrough that set him on a decade-long journey exploring the biochemical and cellular pathways that can cause diabetes.
Taking the wheel
Drivers are taking the wheel in their own hands when it comes to evaluating their ability to drive safely on the open road thanks to a new research, assessment and rehabilitation facility at the University of Kansas Medical Center.