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 Dr. Saleh Algarni

Assistant Professor
Dr. Saleh Algarni is the Chairperson and an Assistant Professor in the Respiratory Therapy Department at the College of Applied medical Sciences, KSAU-HS. He earned his Master's degree in Respiratory Care from Georgia State University in the USA, and a Ph.D. in Child Health from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Dr. Algarni is a registered respiratory therapist, specializing in neonatal and pediatric respiratory care certified by the American Board for Respiratory Care. His primary interests revolve around neonatal and child health, with a specific focus on respiratory outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Algarni serves as a reviewer for academic accreditation by the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment.
Birth Date



Ph.D. in Child Health, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

MSc in Respiratory Care, Georgia State University, United States.

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



Assistant professor, Respiratory Therapy Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences/ KSAU-HS,

2020 - now


Program Chairman, Respiratory Therapy Department, COAMS/ KSAU-HS, 2021- now

Director of Saudi diploma in Critical Respiratory Care, King Abdulaziz medical city, Ministry of National Guard, 2023-now

Quality Coordinator, Respiratory Therapy Program, College of Applied Medical Science/ KSAU-HS, 2020- 2021



KSAU-HS Academic Award 2012

Georgia State University academic achievement award 2015

Georgia State University, faculty leadership recognition Award 2015

Respiratory Care Lambda Beta Society award 2015​

Research Interests / Collaborations



Knowledge, practice, counseling confidence, and intention to use AAR model of smoking cessation among respiratory therapists: A cross-sectional study. Medicine (Baltimore). 2023 Oct 27; 102(43):e35816. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000035816. PMID: 37904391; PMCID: PMC10615525.

The relationship between chronic lung disease diagnosis and the susceptibility to e-cigarette use in adults: The mediation effects of psychosocial, cognitive influences and the moderation effect of physiological factors. Tob Induc Dis. 2023 Sep 22;21:116. doi: 10.18332/tid/169741. PMID: 37745030; PMCID: PMC10515703.

Exploring the Relationship between Stress and Satisfaction during Clinical Training among Respiratory Therapy Students: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Survey. Psychol Res Behav Manag. 2023 Sep 7; 16:3687-3696. doi: 10.2147/PRBM.S425267. PMID: 37700884; PMCID: PMC10494917.

Respiratory management and outcomes in high-risk preterm infants with development of a population outcome dashboard. Thorax Published Online First: 28 August 2023. doi: 10.1136/thorax-2023-220174

Changes in the patterns of respiratory support and incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia; a single center experience. BMC Pediatr. 2023 Jul 13; 23(1):357. doi: 10.1186/s12887-023-04176-x. PMID: 37442954; PMCID: PMC10339611.

Assessment of the Current Practice of Managing Depression in Patients with Asthma in Saudi Arabia: Physicians' Views. J Asthma Allergy. 2023 Jun 23; 16:637-647. doi: 10.2147/JAA.S411614. PMID: 37384068; PMCID: PMC10295812.

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.

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.

Attitudes, confidence, barriers and current practice of managing depression in patients with COPD in Saudi Arabia: a national cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open. 2023 May 8; 13(5):e069670. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-069670. PMID: 37156583; PMCID: PMC10173993.

Burnout, Resilience, Supervisory Support, and Quitting Intention among Healthcare Professionals in Saudi Arabia: A national cross-sectional survey.  Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20, 2407.

The associations between the credibility of the tobacco control regulatory body and smoking behavior change among Saudi smokers. Tob Induc Dis. 2022 Dec 2; 20:107. doi: 10.18332/tid/155814. PMID: 36514796; PMCID: PMC9717579

Burnout and Resilience among Respiratory Therapy (RT) Students during Clinical Training in Saudi Arabia: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 13047.

Needs Assessment for the Establishment of Master's Degree Programs in Respiratory Care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Advances in medical education and practice vol. 13 1113-1121. 22 Sep. 2022, doi:10.2147/AMEP.S377559

Burnout among Respiratory Therapists in a tertiary hospital in Saudi Arabia. Respiratory care, respcare.10140. 8 Aug. 2022, doi:10.4187/respcare.10140

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 vol. 19, 1 408. 31 Dec. 2021, doi: 10.3390/ijerph19010408

Effects of Abstinence Self-Efficacy and Outcome Expectancies of Tobacco Smoking on the Desire to Quit Among Saudi Women: A Cross-Sectional Mediation Analysis. Tobacco use insights vol. 15 1179173X221075581. 21 Feb. 2022, doi: 10.1177/1179173X221075581

Epidemiological associations of asthma status and tobacco use, substance use, and substance misuse among adults in the United States, 2015-2019. The Journal of asthma: official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma, 1-9. 11 Mar. 2022, doi:10.1080/02770903.2022.2029480​



Member of the American Association for respiratory care 

Member of the Saudi Society for respiratory care

Chairperson of Quality Academic Accreditation of Respiratory Therapy Program, KSAU-HS

Member of COAMS curriculum committee, KSAU-HS

Member of COAMS Assessment Committee, KSAU-HS

Member of COAMS academic counseling and mentorship committee, KSAU-HS



Changes in the patterns of respiratory support and incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia; a single center experience. By 5th congress of joint European Neonatal Societies, 2023

Utilizing of heated humidified high flow nasal cannula. By seventh international critical, care conference, 2023

Approach to oxygen therapy. By critical care department, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2022

An implication of artificial intelligence for respiratory monitoring of newborns. By 6th international critical care conference, 2022

Future of respiratory therapy. By security force hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2021

Neonatal oxygen saturation targeting: a quality improvement project for preterm infants. By east midland neonatal operational delivery network (respiratory study day), Derby, United Kingdom. 2019.

Can a whole body vibration, as experienced during neonatal ambulance transportation cause lung injury? Congress of joint European neonatal societies 2019 (JENS 2019), Maastricht, Netherlands. 2019.

Can machine learning identify clinical deterioration in premature infants? M&HS faculty postgraduate research forum, school of Medicine, university of Nottingham, 2017.



Annual Respiratory care weeks, KSAU-HS

Respiratory career days, KSAU-HS.​


Office location/number: COAMS-M, office number: 123

Phone: +966114299999 Ex: 98215