Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, became the school's sixth dean in January 2016. He previously served as associate dean for research at the College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University in Augusta, Ga., where he was a professor of physical therapy, ophthalmology, and neurology.
Dean Akinwuntan received doctoral and master’s degrees in neuromotor rehabilitation from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) in Belgium. He also holds master’s degrees in public health and business administration from Augusta University and a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Lagos in Nigeria.
Scholarship and advancing knowledge to improve lives is a major driving force for Dean Akinwuntan. His research interests include developing simulation and virtual technologies to improve daily living activities in patients following a neurological impairment. In particular, he built an innovative driving simulation laboratory at Augusta University to provide support to patients and research participants with neurological conditions.
Dean Akinwuntan is a member of the Simulation Measurement of Vehicle Operator Performance Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He was appointed a member of the Medical Expert Panel on Stroke and Commercial Truck Driving of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the U. S. Department of Transportation in 2007.