Akokite of the Month
Abiodun E. Akinwuntan, PhD, MPH, MBA
Dean and Professor
KU School of Health Professions
Abiodun Akinwuntan is a Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, and Neurology and the Dean of the School of Health Professions at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS USA. KUMC. Professor Akinwuntan completed his undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1994. He obtained a Master degree in 2000 and a Doctorate degree in 2004 neurological rehabilitation from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He bagged a Post Graduate degree in Teaching and Learning in Higher Institution in 2005 from the University of East London, Unite
d Kingdom. He completed a Master of Public Health degree in 2012 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 2015 at the Augusta University, Augusta, GA USA. Upon completion of his doctoral education in Belgium in 2004, Professor Akinwuntan was appointed a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London, United Kingdom. He became an Assistant Professor at Augusta University in 2005 and was promoted an Associate Professor in 2009. Professor Akinwuntan achieved tenure in 2010 and was appointed a full Professor in Physical Therapy, Neurology, and Ophthalmology and became the Associate Dean for Research for the Augusta University College of Allied Health Sciences in 2015. In 2016, Professor Akinwuntan became the sixth Dean of the School of Health Professions at the University of Kansas.
Professor Akinwuntan is an internationally recognized expert in the assessment and rehabilitation of visual and cognitive functions in neurological conditions, especially in applied contexts such as driving and community ambulation. His research interests have attracted funding in excess of $14 million and has resulted in over 70 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts published in reputable peer-reviewed international journals with high impact factors. Professor Akinwuntan’s outstanding scholarly activities has been recognized through several awards and international appointments. Just to mention a few, in 2000, Professor Akinwuntan was presented with the Van Goethem Brichant Award by Princess Astrid of Belgium to support research involving handicapped persons. In 2005, he was elected a member of the Committee on Simulation Measurement of Vehicle and Operator Performance (AND30) of the USA Transportation Research Board. In 2007, Professor Akinwuntan was appointed as a member of the three-person Medical Expert Panel on Stroke and Commercial Truck Driving of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. This group was responsible for revising the driving laws which apply to 11 million truck drivers across the United States. In 2010, he was appointed as the Editor-In-Chief of The Nigerian Journal of Medical Rehabilitation. Professor Akinwuntan was awarded the 2013-2014 Fulbright US Scholar Fellowship to improve physiotherapy education and research on the rehabilitation of neurologically impaired patients at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He was subsequently 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. In March 2016, Professor Akinwuntan was awarded a 2016 Fulbright Specialist Award to the University of Akureyri in Iceland.
Significant Contributions to the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Presented several seminars on recent advances in rehabilitation medicine during annual visits to Nigeria.
Has solely sponsored the annual tennis competition organized by the KB Klub of the college since 1997.
Taught courses on Neuromuscular Disorders and Rehabilitation as well as Research Methodologies to Master of Physiotherapy students in 2013 and 2014.
Supervised the research thesis of 5 Master of Physiotherapy students in 2013 and 2014.
Donated 68 textbooks to the Department of Physiotherapy in 2013.
Donated a Virtual Reality system (Wii-game set and a TV) to the Department of Physiotherapy in 2013.
Donated a computer laptop to enhance teaching in the Department of Physiotherapy in 2013.
Donated a computer laptop to the Lagos University Medical Society in 2013.
Played a major advisory role in the development of the Health Research Administration office of the college.
Working on a Memorandum of Understanding between the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria and Kansas University Medical Center to facilitate exchange of faculty and students between both institutions.
In recognition of these contributions, Professor Akinwuntan was officially sashed with the College of Medicine University of Lagos Sash by Professor Folashade T. Ogunshola, Provost, College of Medicine University of Lagos as a distinguished alumnus in 2014.