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Colleen Hughes Driscoll, MD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:



110 South Paca Street, 8th Floor

Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-6003


(410) 328-1076

Education and Training

Colleen Hughes Driscoll, M.D. is a practicing neonatologist at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital.

She received medical degree at Upstate Medical University.  She completed a pediatric residency training program at University of Maryland Medical Center in 2008.  In 2011, she completed Perinatal-Neonatal fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  

In 2013, she received training in Health Care Delivery Improvement from Intermountain Institute for Healthcare Leadership Advanced Training Program.


Dr. Driscoll's involvement in research spans several areas of interest including adoption of new technology in the healthcare setting, treatment of complicated abdominal infections, prenatal counseling, and prenatal exosure to indomethacin.

As the Director of Quality Improvement for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, she leads quality improvement projects to improve patient care and communication surrounding patient care. She teaches trainees in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine on quality improvement methodologies and has mentored several trainee-led quality improvement projects. In 2015, she led the development of a wireless text messaging system to improve communication for neonatal resuscitation, winning the 2016 Intelligent Health Association Grand Award and the Award for Improving Patient Care and Health Delivery. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

quality improvement, patient safety, interoperability, health information technology

Highlighted Publications

  • Davili Z, Johar S, Hughes C, Kveselis D, Hoo J.  “Succinate Dehydrogenase Deficiency Associated with Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Ventricular Noncompaction”.  Eur J Pediatr. 2007 Aug; 166(8):867-70


  • Hughes Driscoll C, El Metwally D. “A Daily Huddle Facilitates Patient Transports from a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”.  BMJ Qual Improv Report 2014;3:u203341.w1798 doi:10. 1136/bmjquality.u203341.w1798


  • Driscoll C, Langer M, Burke S, El Metwally, D.  “Improving Detection of IV Infiltrates in Neonates”. BMJ Qual Improv Report 2015;4:doi:10.1136/bmjquality.u204253.w3874


  • Frank K, Hughes Driscoll C, Shapiro K, Donohue PK. “Moving to a Single Patient Room Design: Are There Physical and Psychological Effects on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Staff?”  J Pediatr Neonatal Care 4(4): 00144. DOI: 10.15406/jpnc.2016.04.00144


  • Hughes Driscoll CA, Schub JA, Pollard K, el-Metwally D.  “A Wireless Text Messaging System Improves Communication for Neonatal Resuscitation”.  American Journal of Medical Quality, 2016 May 16  [Epub ahead of print] DOI: 10.1177/106286061665093


  • Hoffman SB, Terrell N, Hughes Driscoll C, Davis NL. “Impact of High Flow Nasal Cannula Use on Neonatal Respiratory Support Patterns and Length of Stay”.  Respiratory Care 2016 Jul: DOI:10.4187/respcare.04668


  • Ly EM, Alexander J, Akinmboni T, Wu H, Driscoll C.  Improving the Diagnosis of Neonatal Hypoglycemia. BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 2016;5:u214381.w5806. doi:10.1136/bmjquality. u214381.w5806


  • Peterson D, Hoffman SB, El-Metwally D, Martino-Gomez M, Chinta DR, Hughes Driscoll C.  Management of Asymptomatic Neonates Born in the Setting of Chorioamnionitis: A Safety Comparison of the Well-Baby and Intensive Care Setting. Journal of Perinatology advance online publication 7 September 2017; doi: 10.1038/jp.2017.120


  • Hughes Driscoll CA, Davis NL, Miles M, El-Metwally D.  A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Evidence-Based Inhaled Nitric Oxide Use.  


  • Hughes Driscoll CA, Pereira N, Lichenstein R. In-hospital Neonatal Falls: An Unintended Consequence of Efforts to Improve Breastfeeding. 2019;143(1):e20182488


  • Turan OM, Driscoll C, Cetinkaya-Demir B, Gabbay-Benziv R, Turan S, Kopelman JN, Harman C (2019).  Prolonged Early Antenatal Indomethacin Exposure is Safe for Fetus and Neonate.  The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, DOI: 10.1080/14767058.2019.1599351







Awards and Affiliations

  • 2016, Intelligent Health Association Award for Improving Patient Care and Health Delivery
  • 2016, Intelligent Health Association Grand Award
  • 2016, Special Friend of Nursing Award Nominee, University of Maryland Medical Center

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014, May 14thSubinvestigator, NICHD-2013-ABS01: Antibiotic Safety in Infants with Complicated Intra-Abdominal Infections, multicenter randomized controlled trial.  PI: Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez. 

In the News

Family Fights to Stay Clean after Baby Born Addicted to Methadone”.  Driscoll, C interviewed about the treatment of newborns with opiate exposure for WBAL TV11.  Aired on November 24, 2015.

“UMMC Champions Stellar Communication System from Extension Healthcare”.  Driscoll, C interviewed about implementation of wireless technology for improving communication in the NICU.

“UMMC Wins 2016 Intelligent Health Association Awards” featured on IntelligentHospital.TV, May 2015, Driscoll, C interviewed about the implementation of wireless technology to improve communication in the NICU.

"Newborn Falls in Hospitals, While Rare, May Increase With Rooming-in", Driscoll, C interviewed by Lisa Rapaport for Reuters Health News on Jan 3, 2019.

"Upward Mobility: A Look at How mHealth is Redefining Healthcare", Hughes Driscoll C interviewed by Chris Hayhurst for the July/August issue of Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology.  The peer-reviewed journal is the official journal of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.