Lisa Saladin, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Dr. Lisa Saladin is currently the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). In this capacity, she serves as the chief academic officer of the university with administrative oversight and leadership over all six colleges (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Professions, and Graduate Studies), Hollings Cancer Center, the Offices of Research, Education and Student Life, Gender Equity, and the MUSC Library. She manages a total budget of approximately 40 million dollars and supervises 18 direct reports. Prior to serving in this role, Dr. Saladin was Dean of the College of Health Professions at MUSC where she has been a faculty member for the last 27 years. As Dean, she led a faculty and staff of nearly 140 individuals, directed a budget of approximately 34 million dollars, and provided oversight of nine academic programs. Dr. Saladin earned a Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy) and a Master of Science in Anatomy (Neuroscience) from the University of Manitoba in Canada and a Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Dr. Saladin’s clinical expertise is physical therapy for individuals with neurological disorders, and her research interests are racial and gender disparities in access to care, community-based service learning, and motor control and treatment outcomes for individuals with neurological disorders. Dr. Saladin is best known for her excellence as an educator. She has experience in curriculum development, interprofessional education, distance education, and development of innovative methods to engage and motivate students to learn. She has been widely recognized for her teaching excellence with three University Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards, a South Carolina Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award, and a 2009 MUSC Master Teacher designation. In 2008, she was recognized nationally for her teaching excellence by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and received the Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching.
Dr. Saladin serves on the board of the MUSC Foundation for Research Development;as Vice-President and a board member of the American Physical Therapy Association; and as Chair of the APTA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. As Chair of this committee, she receives monthly updates on national healthcare policy issues and is actively engaged in payment reform, new healthcare delivery models, telehealth, and legislative advocacy. She meets regularly with legislators and policy makers in DC and has been invited to make national presentations on healthcare reform and the future of healthcare.