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Ryan J. Spaulding, PhD

Ryan Spaulding
Biostatistics & Data Science

Professional Background

Ryan Spaulding is the Acting Director of the KU Center for Telemedicine andamp; Telehealth (KUCTT), the Vice Chancellor of the Institute for Community Engagement, and a Research Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Data Science at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). Previously he was the Director of KUCTT for 12 years. For 10 year he was also the Communications Core Director for the Kansas INBRE initiative, a 10-university bioscience program funded by the NIH. In his current roles, he oversees multiple university departments that provide health care services and education to underserved, rural communities in Kansas, including the Kansas Project ECHO program at KUMC. He has authored several articles and book chapters on the use of health information technologies in the delivery of health care and medical education to underserved areas. He is a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the National Rural Health Association.

Education and Training
  • PhD, Univ. of Kansas



My research and administrative interests focus on the use of health technologies to improve health care, particularly in rural or underserved areas. These technologies include telemedicine and telehealth applications, remote monitoring and mobile devices. Most recently the use of mobile apps or wearable technologies that increase patients’ self-management of their health care has become an academic interest to me. The use of ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) for improving rural continuing medical and nursing education is also an area of focus.