Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Nigerian-born Dr. Abiodun Akinwutan appointed Dean in University of Kansas

Talk about a trailblazer--I'll mention Dr. Abiodun Akinwutan.

The Nigerian born doctor was recently appointed Professor & Dean of the University of Kansas School of Health Professions and will resume office Jan. 18, 2016.

Akinwuntan is currently the associate dean for research at Georgia Regents University's College of Allied Health. He is also a professor of physical therapy, ophthalmology and neurology.

He graduated with a bachelor's in physiotherapy from the University of Lagos in Nigeria, and a master's and doctorate in neuromotor rehabilitation from 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."

"Dr. Akinwuntan brings with him a rich history of international experience and training," Dr. Doug Girod, executive vice chancellor for the University of Kansas Medical Centre, said in a Thursday release. "He has experienced success as a highly collaborative researcher within various departments and schools, and we look forward to benefiting from his unique skill set at the medical centre."

Prof. Akinwuntan is renowned nationally and internationally for his expertise in driving assessment and rehabilitation after neurologic lesions. Prof. Akinwuntan's unique body of work consistently attracts attention and has seen him appointed to many prestigious bodies including the US National Transportation Board's Committee on Simulation and Measurement of  Vehicle and Operator Performance and the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expert panel on strokes and commercial truck driving.

The Nigeria Physiotherapy Network (NPN) recently proudly announced Dr. Abiodun Emmanuel Akinwuntan's achievements, saying, Professor Akinwuntan was chosen out of a very competitive pool of eminently qualified candidates for the position.

They added, Prof. Akinwuntan's quick rise in the academia has been followed with keen interest by the Nigeria Physiotherapy Network and colleagues from around the world and has become a source of inspiration to the younger generation of Nigerian educated Physiotherapists. We all rejoice with Prof. Akinwuntan and his family for this wonderful achievement.

Prof. Akinwuntan can be reached at: aakinwuntan@gru.edu.

We are so proud of you Sir and you truly inspire greatness!

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