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Arzu Ari, PhD, RRT, PT, CPFT, FAARC

Associate Professor    
Education

Ph.D. Major: Educational Policy Specialization: Higher Education Administration
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

MS Major: Allied Health Specialization: Respiratory Care
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

MS Major: Public Health Specialization: Pulmonary Diseases
Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

BS Major: Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Biography

Education

Ph.D.
Major: Educational Policy Specialization: Higher Education Administration
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Date: August 2001 – August 2005
Title of Dissertation: A study of organizational effectiveness: Identifying variables that predict successful respiratory care education programs.

MS
Major: Allied Health Specialization: Respiratory Care
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA
Date: January 2000 – August 2001
Title of Research Project: Performance comparison of nebulizer designs: constant-output, breath-enhanced and dosimetric.

MS
Major: Public Health Specialization: Pulmonary Diseases
Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: October 1993 – July 1996
Title of Thesis: The effect of a pulmonary rehabilitation program on pulmonary function parameters in COPD patients with moderate and severe obstruction.

BS
Major: Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Date: September 1989 – July 1993

 

Clinical Expertise

Critical Pulmonary Care
Inhalation Therapy and Aerosol Drug Delivery to Infants, Pediatrics and Adults
General Ward Areas
Pulmonary Function Laboratories
Arterial Blood Gas Laboratories
Home Respiratory Care

 

Research Interests

Dr. Ari’s primary area of research is aerosol medicine, which is closely tied to current practices of inhalation therapy. She evaluates the delivery of inhaled medications and the performance of aerosol devices in order to optimize aerosol drug delivery not only in spontaneously breathing patients but also in critically ill patients receiving ventilator support. In her research laboratory at Georgia State University, Dr. Ari evaluate in-vitro characterization of medical aerosols from various types of aerosol delivery systems and identifies the best practices of aerosol drug delivery used in the treatment of infants, pediatrics and adults with pulmonary diseases.

Dr. Ari is also interested in educational research, specifically quality improvement in respiratory care education through organizational effectiveness, student admission, retention and quality of instruction. In an attempt to determine how well a program achieves its goal in producing competent respiratory therapists, she has conducted several studies assessing program variables and program performance on the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams.

 

Selected Publications

Ari A, Harwood R, Sheard M, Alquaimi M, Alhamad B, Fink JB. Quantifying aerosol delivery in spontaneously breathing patients with tracheostomy using different humidification systems. (Published in Respiratory Care– 2016 epub-ahead)

Ari A., Fink JB. Differential medical aerosol device and interface selection in patients during spontaneous, conventional mechanical and noninvasive ventilation. (Published in the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery– 2016 epub-ahead)

Ari A, Harwood R, Sheard M, Fink JB. Pressurized metered-dose inhalers versus nebulizers in the treatment of mechanically ventilated subjects with artificial airways: An in-vitro study. Respiratory Care 2015; 60 (11): 1570-1574.

Bugis AA, Harwood R, Fink JB, Ari A. The effect of interfaces on aerosol delivery in simulated spontaneously breathing adults with tracheostomy. Respiratory Care 2015; 60(9):1220-1226.

Alhamad B, Fink J, Harwood R, Ari A. The effect of aerosol devices and administration techniques on drug delivery in a simulated spontaneously breathing pediatric lung model with a tracheostomy. Respiratory Care 2015; 60(7): 1026-1032.

Ari A. Aerosol drug delivery in critical pulmonary care. Respiratory Care 2015; 60(6): 858-879.

Ari A. Patient education and adherence in aerosol therapy. Respiratory Care 2015; 60(6): 941-957. (Refereed)

Ari A. Fink JB. Aerosol drug delivery during mechanical ventilation: Devices, selection, delivery technique and evaluation of clinical response to therapy. Clinical Pulmonary Medicine 2015; 22(2):79-86.

Ari A., Dornelas De-Andrada A., Sheard M, Alhamad B., Fink J. Performance comparisons of jet and mesh nebulizers using different interfaces in simulated spontaneously breathing adults and children. Journal of Aerosol Medicine 2015; 28(4):281-289.

Lin HL, Harwood R, Fink JB, Goodfellow L, Ari A. In-vitro comparison of aerosol delivery using different face masks and flow rates with a high flow humidity system. Respiratory Care 2015; 60(9):1215-1219.

Sunbul FS, Fink JB, Harwood R, Sheard M, Zimmerman RD, Ari A. Comparison of HFNC, bubble CPAP and SiPAP on aerosol delivery in neonates: An in-vitro study. Pediatric Pulmonology 2014

Ari A. Nebulizers: An evaluation of nebulizers for better clinical practice. Eurasian Journal of Pulmonology 2014; 16: 1-7.

 

Selected Presentations

“Aerosols in Medicine” Sanko University Scientific Lecture Series. Sanko University, Gaziantep, Turkey. 22-27 December 2015

“Patient-focused aerosol therapy in adults” 59th International Respiratory Congress, Tampa, Florida, 6-10 November 2015.

“Patient-focused aerosol therapy in critical pulmonary care” 59th International Respiratory Congress, Tampa, Florida, 6-10 November 2015.

 “Inhalation therapy during noninvasive ventilation and in patients with tracheostomy.” 41st International Congress of the Turkish Respiratory Research Society, Cesme, Izmir, Turkey. 17-21 October 2015.

“Patient Education and Clinical Applications of Respiratory Therapy” European University of Lefke, Cyprus, 20-21 June 2015.

“Respiratory therapy in the United States: Education, areas of practice, and its role in health care.” Pulmonary Rehabilitation Panel. European University of Lefke, Cyprus, 19 June 2015.

“Basics and Clinical Applications of Aerosols in Medicine.” 20th Congress of the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine, Munich, Germany, 1-3 June 2015.

“Research in Aerosol Medicine: What, why and how?” Research Panel, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil, 17 March 2015

“Clinical Applications of Mechanical Ventilation” Istanbul Memorial Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey, 20-21 December 2014.

“Quantifying aerosol delivery in spontaneously breathing patients with tracheostomy using different humidification systems with or without exhaled humidity.” World Chest Congress, Madrid, Spain, 20-24 March 2014.

“Patient Assessment and Home Care in Respiratory Therapy” Istanbul Memorial Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey, 4-6 January 2014.

“Aerosol drug delivery in critical care medicine: Device selection, technique, and optimization in aerosol therapy.” Yedikule Pulmonary Diseases Hospital Lecture Series, Istanbul, Turkey, 18 December 2013

“Nebulizers: Evaluation of old and new technologies.” 39th International Congress of the Turkish Respiratory Research Society, Cesme, Izmir, Turkey. 2-7 October 2013.

“Patient-focused device selection in aerosol medicine.” 19th Congress of the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine, Chapel Hill, 6-10 April 2013.

“Patient education in aerosol medicine.” 19th Congress of the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine, Chapel Hill, 6-10 April 2013.

“Basic Principles and Clinical Applications of Aerosols in Medicine” Turkish Respiratory Society, Izmir, Turkey, 2 October 2013.

“Quantifying delivery of albuterol with high flow nasal cannula” 24th Conference of the European Society of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, June 12-15, 2013.

“Aerosol delivery via tracheostomy tube using the jet nebulizer and pMDI with three types of spacers.” CHEST 2012, American College of Chest Physicians, Atlanta, GA, 20-25 October 2012.

 

Courses Taught

RT 3011 – Respiratory Care Procedures I
RT 3012 – Respiratory Care Procedures II
RT 3027 – Pulmonary Diseases
RT 3040 – Mechanical Ventilation
RT 3500 – Research Methods and Statistics
RT 4060 – Hemodynamic Monitoring
RT 6027 – Pulmonary Diseases
RT 6030 – Advanced Mechanical Ventilation
RT 7040 – Advanced Cardiopulmonary Monitoring
RT 7050 – Statistics
SNHP 3500 – Introduction to Research Methods
SNHP 6000 – Research Methods for Health Professionals

 

Memberships

American Association for Respiratory Care, Member
International Society for Aerosol Medicine, Member
National Board for Respiratory Care
Lambda Beta Society for Respiratory Care
Turkish Respiratory Society
International Council for Respiratory Care
Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society

 

Service

At the Professional Organizations
Governor of Turkey, International Respiratory Care Council
International Respiratory Care Council, American Association for Respiratory Care
International Respiratory Care Committee, American Respiratory Care Foundation
New & Emerging Aerosol Technologies Working Group, International Society for Aerosols in Medicine
Pediatric Aerosol Therapy Working Group, International Society for Aerosols in Medicine
Inhalation Therapies Working Group, Turkish Respiratory Society
Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, American Association for Respiratory Care
Tracheostomy Guideline Committee, International Society for Aerosols in Medicine

At the University and College Level:
International Task Force
Promotion and Tenure Committee
Faculty Appeals Committee
Faculty Advisory Committee

At the Department Level:
Faculty Search Committee
Chair Search Committee
Dean Search Committee
Advisory Board Committee

 

Awards and Honors

2011 Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (FAARC). 5 November 2011, Tampa, FL.

Florida.

2011 ARCF Monaghan/Trudell Fellowship for Aerosol Technique Development– American Respiratory Care Foundation. 5 November 2011, Tampa, FL.

2011 Best Poster Presentation Award — Turkish Respiratory Society. 20 October 2011, Izmir, Turkey.

2010 ARCF Monaghan/Trudell Fellowship for Aerosol Technique Development — American Respiratory Care Foundation. 6 December 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada.

2009 Volunteer Excellence Award — American Association for Respiratory Care. 4 December 2009, San Antonio, TX.

2009 Faculty Member of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society — Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society. 12 January 2009, Atlanta, GA.

Georgia.

2008 ARCF Monaghan/Trudell Fellowship for Aerosol Technique Development. Given by the American Respiratory Care Foundation. 7 December 2008, Anaheim, CA.

2008 Faculty Member of the Lambda Beta Society. 18 March 2008, Atlanta, GA.

2003 International Excellence Award — Georgia State University. 21 November 2003, Atlanta, GA

2003 Medallion for Outstanding GPA & Scholarly Achievement — Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, 1 April 2003, Atlanta, GA.

2002 Allied Health Care Professional Congress Travel Grant — European Respiratory Society. 17 September 2002, Atlanta, GA.

2000 Gareth Gish Postgraduate Education Recognition Award — the American Respiratory Care Foundation. 7 Oct. 2000, Cincinnati, OH.