Physical Therapy Faculty

Susan L. Garritan, PT, PhD, CCS

Email: slg10028@yahoo.com

Dr. Susan Garritan, a recent graduate of NYU's Doctor of Philosophy in Pathokinesiology Program, has over 35 years of hospital based clinical experience in the practice of physical therapy across a variety of specialties at NYU Medical Center. She is a Board certified Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Specialist - a designation she has maintained ever since the Board first initiated the specialization process. Dr. Garritan was also appointed to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties where she served for four years. She has authored chapters in several medical texts including: Pulmonary Therapy and Rehabilitation, Second Edition (Francois Hass, PhD and Kenneth Axen, PhD, Editors); Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy, First Edition and Second Edition (Ellen Hillegass, EdD and Steven Sadowsky, PhD, Editors); Pulmonary Rehabilitation: The Obstructive and Paralytic Conditions (John Beck, MD, Editor); Lung Conditions (Stuart Garay, MD and Stacey Nathan-Virga, PhD, Editors). Dr. Garritan's research includes a study published in Annals of Thoracic Surgery, "Complications After Cardiac Operations in Patients With Severe Pulmonary Impairment." In addition, Dr. Garritan's dissertation "Muscle Performance in Sedentary Individuals with and without a History of Chronic Hypoxia" has been submitted for publication. Dr. Garritan's doctoral research study was selected over approximately 100 other dissertations to receive the NYU Steinhardt School's prestigious Outstanding Dissertation Award. Currently, in addition to lending her extensive knowledge to the NYU DPT program's course in Prescription, Application, and as Appropriate, Fabrication of Assistive, Adaptive, Orthotic, Protective, Supportive, and Prosthetic Devices and Equipment, Dr. Garritan is working on a research study assessing ways to improve cough effectiveness in hospitalized individuals.