Program Director
Professor - Clinical

431 Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Phone: 614-366-7410

Research Focus

The major focus of my research involves: issues related to tobacco dependence, workforce development issues in the Health Professions (specifically dealing with teamwork, the Millennial generation and interprofessional education) and teaching/learning in the health professions. 

Through undergraduate research projects that I advise, I have explored tobacco dependence issues as they relate to the Respiratory Therapist. There is a lack of involvement by Respiratory Therapy at the national, state and local level in tobacco-related research. I plan to increase the visibility of the field of Respiratory Therapy in tobacco-related research in the following ways. 

I have been funded to work with the AARC for research on the national level related to the Respiratory Therapist’s delivery of smoking cessation counseling. This funding was used to develop training programs to better prepare Respiratory Therapists to deliver cessation counseling. Other areas of interest in this area that are conducive to collaboration involve college students’ use of tobacco and health literacy as it relates to pharmacotherapy for tobacco dependence.

Recent Research

Sergakis, G, Varekojis, S, Dunlevy, C. "Cardiovascular, Renal, and Neural Anatomy and Physiology." In Respiratory Care Principles and Practice. Edited by Hess, D, Galvin, B. Burlington: Jones and Bartlett, 2015. 

Holthaus, Victoria; Sergakis,Georgianna; Rohrig,Lisa; et al. "The Impact of Interprofessional Simulation on Dietetic Student Perception of Communication, Decision Making, Roles, and Self-efficacy." TOPICS IN CLINICAL NUTRITION. Vol. 30, no. 2. (Apr 2015): 127-142.

Douce, H, Sergakis, G, Dunlevy, C, Varekojis, S. "The Need For and Interest in the Advanced Respiratory Therapist Practitioner." Respiratory Care Education Annual. Vol. 23, (Sep 2014): 3-7.

Recent Presentations

Sergakis, G, “E-valuating the E-vidence for E-cigarettes: What E-very RT Should Know” Current Concepts in Respiratory Care, Columbus, Ohio (April 2016) 

Sergakis, G, "Tobacco-Infused RT Education: Not Just Smoke and Mirrors." Presented at Summer Forum AARC Educators and Managers meeting, Phoenix, Arizona (Jul 2015) 

Clutter, J, Sergakis, G, Seminar Presenter. "Intergenerational Communication Preferences." Presented at 14th Annual IHA Health Literacy Conference, Hotel Irvine, Irvine, California, United States. (May 2015)

Courses Taught

  • RT 4400
  • RT 4410
  • RT 4500
  • RT 4515
  • RT 5525
  • RT 5520
  • HRS 2200 


  • 1998: BS, The Ohio State University
  • 1998: BA, The Ohio State University
  • 2000: MS, The Ohio State University
  • 2004: MA, The Ohio State University
  • 2006: PhD, The Ohio State University