Ralitsa Akins, M.D., Ph.D., joined Des Moines University as provost in 2018 after serving as associate dean of faculty affairs at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane, WA.
Her earlier experiences include various faculty and administrative appointments as well as diverse committee service roles at SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine and California Northstate University College of Medicine. At that time, she achieved the rank of professor, chaired the curriculum committee and a committee on the meaning, quality and integrity of the degrees as part of reaccreditation. She also served as associate professor in the departments of medical education, anesthesiology and pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and as associate director of the Advanced Teaching and Assessment in Clinical Simulation Center.
Dr. Akins holds an M.D. from the Medical University in Varna, Bulgaria, where she also served as a staff surgeon and assistant professor in family medicine. She earned her Ph.D. in educational administration from Texas A&M University.