College of Health and Human Services

Respiratory Care

Jerry Sullivan Jerome Sullivan, PhD, RRT, FAARC
Professor Emeritus In-Service
Interim Program Director
Respiratory Care Program
School of Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

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Office: HH 2003A
Mail Stop 119
Phone: 419.530.4792
Fax:     419.530.4780
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Currently, Dr. Sullivan serves as the Program Director of Respiratory Care, in The University of Toledo’s College of Health and Human Services. He also serves as President of the International Council for Respiratory Care (1991 – 2018) representing 29 countries. In recognition of his 40 year career with the University of Toledo he was honored with the rank of Professor Emeritus. In 1971 Professor Sullivan established and served as academic coordinator for the Respiratory Care Program which in 1991 was designated by The Ohio Board of Regents as a prestigious Program of Excellence. Professor Sullivan received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio University and his Master of Science and Doctoral degrees from The University of Toledo.  In 2003 he was recognized by the University of Toledo as one of the top 100 researchers generating $1.7 Million (US) in external research funding from 1985-2002. In 1992 he was honored by The American Respiratory Care Foundation with a named and endowed research fund, The Jerome M. Sullivan Research Fund.      

Dr. Sullivan served as President 1989-1990, of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).  He is a Life Member of the AARC and a Jimmy A. Young Medalist Winner, the most prestigious award given by the American Association for Respiratory Care and he is a recipient of the Hector Leon Garza MD International Achievement Award. He has been awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Council for Respiratory Care and has been awarded Honorary Membership in the Japanese and Mexican Respiratory Care Societies and he is a member of the Saudi Society for Respiratory Care.  He is the author of numerous professional articles, and clinical reports, and has made over 300 international and national presentations.  Dr. Sullivan has testified before the United States Congress on standards for medical respiratory equipment and banning smoking on commercial airlines.

Dr. Sullivan was appointed by the American Medical Association (AMA) to serve on the National Task Force on Restructuring of the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation.  This task force was charged with developing a new national allied health accrediting process and establishing a business agency independent from the AMA to house the accreditation function. He then served as a Commissioner, Board Member and President of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.  In 1994 he was appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions to serve as a national panel member on the PEW Commission, Allied Health Workforce Development Project. Dr. Sullivan served from 1999-2007 as the Inaugural, founding Dean of the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) and later the College of Health Science and Human Service formed as a result of the merger of The University of Toledo and the Medical College of Ohio. 

Dr. Sullivan has served as an advisor to the Respiratory Care Scientific Committee of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.  For more than 53 years, he has advocated for the profession of respiratory care lecturing and leading multiple delegations throughout the world to Mexico, Argentina Canada, China, The Philippines, Japan, Brazil, Sweden, Taiwan, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Greece, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 



Last Updated: 7/1/19