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 Dr. Mohammed Alqahtani

Assistant Professor
Dr. Mohammed Alqahtani is an Assistant Professor in the Respiratory Therapy Department at the College of Applied Medical Sciences at KSAU-HS. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Respiratory Therapy from King Saud ben Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences and his master's degree in Cardiopulmonary Sciences from Georgia State University in the USA. Additionally, he obtained a Ph.D in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Birmingham in the USA. Currently, Dr. Alqahtani serves as the research coordinator in the department and is involved in various committees within the college. His research focuses on chronic lung diseases and the effects of tobacco smoking on lung health.
Birth Date



Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), United States

M.S in Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Georgia State University, United States

B.Sc. in Respiratory Therapy, King Saud ben Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia



Assistant professor, Respiratory Therapy Department, COAMS/ KSAU-HS, 2022- Present

Teaching assistant, Respiratory Therapy Department, COAMS/ KSAU-HS, 2014-2022



Research Coordinator, Respiratory Care Department, COAMS/ KSAU-HS, 2022-Present​


  • Sparkman Global Health Fellowship, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2019-2020

  • American Thoracic Society Fellowship, Mentorship Program, 2019-2021.

  • Clinical and Translational Science Training Program (CTSTP), 2019-2020

  • GSG Professional Development and Travel Award, 2022.

  • UAB Sparkman Center Travel Award to attend the 2020 Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC), 2020.

  • Selected as the recipient of the 2019 NBRC Frederic Helmholtz, Jr., MD Dissertation Research grant Award, 2019.

  • UAB Phi Kappa Phi Academic Excellent Award, 2019.

  • Top eight poster award in 63rd AARC congress 2017, Indianapolis, IN Predoctoral Research Grant from Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM), 2017-2021

  • Faculty Recognition Award GSU, Atlanta, GA, 2017

  • Alpha Et Award GSU, Atlanta, GA, 2017.

  • The Lambda Beta Award 2017 GSU, Atlanta, GA, 2017.

  • Academic excellence award form admission and Registration Department at Georgia state University in 2017, Atlanta, GA, 2017.

  • A scholarship award from KSAU-HS to pursue PhD Degree (which include the university fees, Health insurance for me and my family, annual airline tickets and a monthly salary to cover the expenses while studying abroad) in 2017

  • Best poster award during Saudi society of Critical Care, 2014

  • A scholarship award from KSAU-HS to pursue integrated Master of Sciences in respiratory
  • care science degree, 2014

  • Academic excellence award from the Admission and Registration Department at King Saud Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, 2011.


Research Interests / Collaborations



Alanazi AM, Monshi SS, Aldawsari NS, Almujel AA, Bin Saad WM, Alajlan SA, Alotaibi TF, Algarni SS, Abunurah HY, Alqahtani MM, Ismaeil TT, Al-Haddad MA, Hamilah SN,

Abd Elmeguid WS, Al-Zalabani AH. The associations between cigarette smoking behavior and the use of heated tobacco products among Arab cigarette smokers: Findings from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, and Yemen. J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2023 May 15:1-14. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2023.2204075. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37184532.


Ebrahimi Kalan M, Jebai R, Li W, Gautam P, Osibogun O, Alqahtani MM, Ward KD, Behaleh R, Bursac Z, Ben Taleb Z. High on Hookah: Smoking Marijuana from a Hookah among Adults in the United States, Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study, 2015-2019. Subst Use Misuse. 2023; 58(5):657-665. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2023.2177966. Epub 2023 Feb 14. PMID: 36786640; PMCID: PMC10069405.


Alwadei MS, Alahmari AD, Algarni SS, Alotaibi TF, Alqahtani MM, Alqahtani N, Alqahtani JS, Aldhahir AM, Homoud MM, Alhammad SA. Relationship between Heart Disease and Obesity Indicators among Adults: A Secondary Data Analysis. Cureus. 2023 Mar 27; 15(3):e36738. doi: 10.7759/cureus.36738. PMID: 37123803; PMCID: PMC10132081.


Alqahtani MM, Alanazi AMM, Dransfield MT, Wells JM, Lein DH Jr, Hendricks PS. Relationship between Chronic Lung Disease Diagnosis and Susceptibility to E-Cigarette Use in Adults. Respir Care. 2023 May; 68(5):658-668. doi: 10.4187/respcare.10071. Epub 2023 Feb 28. PMID: 36854469; PMCID: PMC10171337.


Alanazi AMM, Alqahtani MM, Wells JM, Lein DH Jr, Hendricks PS. Outcome expectancies and resistance self-efficacy mediate the relationship between asthma diagnosis and e-cigarette use among youth and young adults. J Asthma. 2023 Jun; 60(6):1088-1096. doi:10.1080/02770903.2022.2132955. Epub 2022 Oct 13. PMID: 36197727.


Alqahtani MM, Massey ZB, Fairman RT, Churchill V, Ashley DL, Popova L. General and Device-Specific Reasons for ENDS Use: A Qualitative Study with Adult ENDS Users. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jun 2; 19(11):6822. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19116822. PMID: 35682417; PMCID: PMC9180821.


Alqahtani MM, Pavela G, Lein DH Jr, Vilcassim R, Hendricks PS. The Influence of Mental

Health and Respiratory Symptoms on the Association between Chronic Lung Disease and ECigarette Use in Adults in the United States. Respir Care. 2022 Jul; 67(7):814-822. doi: 10.4187/respcare.09579. Epub 2022 Apr 19. PMID: 35440495.


Alanazi AMM, Alqahtani MM, Alquaimi MM, Alotaibi TF, Algarni SS, Ismaeil TT, Alanazi AA, Alasmari MM, Alhuthail EA, Alasmari AM, Gibson-Young L, Jayawardene WP. Substance Use and Misuse among Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the United States, 2015–2019: Prevalence, Association, and Moderation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(1):408.


Ebrahimi Kalan M, Jebai R, Bursac Z, Popova L, Gautam P, Li W, Alqahtani MM, Taskin T, Atwell LL, Richards J, Ward KD, Behaleh R, Ben Taleb Z. Trends and Factors Related to Blunt Use in Middle and High School Students, 2010-2020. Pediatrics. 2021 Jul; 148(1):e2020028159. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-028159. Epub 2021 Jun 14. PMID: 34127552.


Alenezi FK, Alnababtah K, Alqahtani MM, Olayan L, Alharbi M. The association between residual neuromuscular blockade (RNMB) and critical respiratory events: a prospective

Cohort study. Perioper Med (Lond). 2021 May 4; 10(1):14. doi: 10.1186/s13741-021-00183-7. PMID: 33941287; PMCID: PMC8094541.


Almutairi AS, Abunurah H, Hadi Alanazi A, Alenazi F, Nagy H, Saad Almutairi N, Wells M,

Alawam A, Alqahtani MM. The immunological response among COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome. J Infect Public Health. 2021 Jul; 14(7):954-959. doi: 10.1016/j.jiph.2021.05.007. Epub 2021 May 26. PMID: 34130119; PMCID: PMC8153960.


Alqahtani MM, Alanazi AM, Pavela G, Dransfield MT, Wells JM, Lein DH Jr, Hendricks PS. Binge Drinking Moderates the Association Between Chronic Lung Disease and ECigarette Use. Respir Care. 2021 Mar 9: respcare.08559. doi: 10.4187/respcare.08559. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33688091.


Alqahtani MM, Alanazi AMM, Yohannes AM, Smith CE, Goodfellow LT. The Effectiveness of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Programs on Psychosocial Factors in Patients with Pulmonary and Cardiac Disease. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2021 Jul 1; 41(4):271-276. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000599. PMID: 33758152.


Alqahtani, M.M., Alanazi, A.M.M., Almutairi, A.S. and Pavela, G. (2021), Electronic cigarette use is negatively associated with body mass index: An observational study of electronic medical records. Obes Sci Pract.


Alanazi, A., Alqahtani, M. M., Pavela, G., Ford, E. W., Leventhal, A. M., & Hendricks, P.

S. The Relationship between Asthma Diagnosis and E-Cigarette Use among Youth and Young Adults: The Mediation Effects of Anxiety, Depression, and Impulsivity and the Moderation Effects of Substance Use, Journal of Asthma, DOI: 10.1080/02770903.2021.1879849


Alanazi, A., Alqahtani, M. M., Pavela, G., Ford, E. W., Leventhal, A. M., & Hendricks, P.S. (2020). Mental Health and the Association between Asthma and E-cigarette Use among Young Adults in The United States: A Mediation Analysis. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(23), 8799.


Alqahtani M.M, Goodfellow LT, Zimmerman RD, Zavorsky GS. Waterpipe Smoking in Health-Care Students: Prevalence, Knowledge, Attitudes, and Motives. Respir Care. 2019 Mar; 64(3):321-327. doi: 10.4187/respcare.06263. Epub 2018 Oct 16. PMID: 30327335.


Ari A, Dang T, Al Enazi FH, Alqahtani M. M, Alkhathami A, et al. 2018. Effect of Heat Moisture Exchanger on Aerosol Drug Delivery and Airway Resistance in Simulated Ventilator-Dependent Adults Using Jet and Mesh Nebulizers. J. Aerosol Med. Pulm. Drug Deliv. 31:42-8


Ari A, Dang T, Al Enazi FH, Alqahtani M. M, Alkhathami A. Impact of filtered HMEs on aerosol delivery and airway resistance in a simulated mechanically ventilated adult lung Model. Respiratory Care 2017; 9: OF20


Alanazi, A., Al Enezi, F., Alqahtani, M. M., Alshammari, T. F., Ansari, M. A., Al-Oraibi, S., & Qureshi, S. (2015). Effects of passive smoking on students at College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh. Journal of natural science, biology, and medicine, 6(1), 100.



Member of the American Thoracic Society, 2022-Present.

Member of the Phi Kappa Phi Membership, 2019-Present.

Member of the American Society of Respiratory Care, 2016-Present

Member of the ATTUD-Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2018-Present.

Member of the Gulf Society of Critical Care, 2013-Present.

Member of the Saudi Society of Critical Care, 2011-Present.

Member of the Research Committee, COAMS/ KSAU-HS

Member of Faculty Enhancement Committee, COAMS/KSAU-HS​


The 69th International American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress &

Exhibition, Nashville, Tennesse2023

The 68th International American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress & Exhibition, 2022

The 66th International American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress & Exhibition, Virtual form, 2020

For completing Conducting an Intervention Review: Introduction to

conducting systematic reviews June 2020

Mediation, Moderation workshop, Chicago, Illinois 2019.

Structural Equation Model course, Atlanta, Georgia 2019.

The 63nd International American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress & Exhibition in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S, 2017

The 62nd International American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Congress & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, U.S, 2016

Haverty Lecture to Focus on Reducing Tobacco Use,2016

Haverty Lecture at GSU “The Big Ripples in the Healthcare Pond: What do they mean for health care and education?",2015

Annual Program Report According to National Commission for Academic Accreditation (NCAAA) Standards, KSAU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2015

National Commission for Academic Accreditation. (NCAAA), Why IS IT Important? “Course Specification “KSAU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2015

Clinical Simulation workshop, KSAU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2014

Introduction to professionalism at health profession Workshop in clinical simulation, KSAU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2013

Workshop in ABC OF RESEARCH, KSAU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2012

6th and 7th Saudi Respiratory workshops, KSAUH, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2012

Problem Based Learning (PBL), KSAU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2012

Pulmonary Function Testing: Techniques and Interpretation Blood Gases: Analysis and Interpretation KSAU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2011​


Respiratory Care Week 2022

Tobacco smoking Awareness Campaigns, 2023 Public Awareness of illegal Drug Use, 2023

Ministry of Health Tobacco smoking Negative Impact, 2023


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