Respiratory Care Program

Faculty & Staff

James A. Ganetis, MS, RRT-NPS

Chair, Division of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences
Chair, Department of Respiratory Care

Program Director, Respiratory Care and
Polysomnography Specialty Option

Clinical Assistant Professor

Stony Brook University
School of Health Technology and Management

Professor Ganetis received a BA degree in biology from Queens College in 1975 and a respiratory therapist diploma from New York University-Bellevue Hospital in 1977.  In 1998, Jim completed both a Master of Science degree in Health Care Policy and Management and a New York State Advanced Certificate in Health Care Management from Stony Brook University. 

Jim has been working in the respiratory care profession since 1976.  Early in his career, he worked in a variety of healthcare settings and also lived for four years in Madison, Wisconsin.  Professor Ganetis started his career at Stony Brook in 1981 as a clinician in the Respiratory Care Department at Stony Brook University Hospital.  He was promoted to Assistant Director and later Associate Director of the hospital’s Respiratory Care Department.  During this time, Jim was given the opportunity to become a clinical instructor for the Respiratory Care Program at Stony Brook, where he cultivated his teaching skills and desire to work with students.

Professor Ganetis became a full-time faculty member in the Respiratory Care Program in 1992, when he assumed the position of Director of Clinical Education.  In 2001, Jim assumed the responsibilities of program director. He became Chair of the Division of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences in 2003 and functions as a faculty mentor, while fostering the implementation of new programs within the division.  His professional areas of expertise are basic therapeutics, perinatal/pediatric respiratory care, and respiratory care management. 

Jim has served as both a Board Member and Vice President of the Southeastern Chapter of the New York State Society for Respiratory Care.  He was also Chair of the New York State Society for Respiratory Care Education Committee.

Since September 2000, Professor Ganetis has worked as a rotating academic advisor in the Academic and Pre-Professional Advising Center at Stony Brook University.  He also enjoys helping students as a general faculty advisor for the University’s student orientation programs, specializing in pre-health advising.

Jim is married, has two daughters and a granddaughter.  Jim is actively involved with his church and has served as chair of both the membership and stewardship committees.   He spends his free time enjoying science fiction and likes to swim and bike when weather permits. 


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