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Colleen A. Hughes Driscoll, MD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Administrative Title:

Associate Chief Clinical Officer, UMMS/Downtown Campus


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 the State University of New York 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 scholarly interests include the adoption of new technology in the healthcare setting, clinical mobility, the intersection of technology and quality improvement, as well as several areas of neonatal outcomes research.

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. 

She is the Medical Director for the Rouben and Violet JiJi Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital.  She is also the Physician Chair of the Technology Assessment Committee at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  

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
  • Hughes Driscoll CA, Jahrsdorfer M, Easter L, El-Metwally D. Parental Perceptions on Smartphone Use for Clinical Mobility.  Biomed Instrum Technol, 2020 Jan./Feb.;54(1):22-27. doi: 10.2345/0899-8205-54.1.22
  • Smith HN, Hughes Driscoll CA. Improving the Timeliness and Safety of Therapeutic Hypothermia for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. Pediatr Qual Saf, 2020;3:e283; doi: 10.1097/ pq9.0000000000000283
  • Prince B, Hoffman S, Pietris N, Vashist S, Driscoll C, Chaves AH. Use of Feedback and Structured Reporting Improves Neonatal Provider Satisfaction and Reduces Variation in Echocardiogram Reports of PDA.  Prog Pediatr Cardiol.  Available online June 11, 2020, org/10.1016/j.ppedcard.2020.101257
  • Hughes Driscoll CA, Cleveland M, Gurmu S, Crimmins S, El-Metwally D. Replacing Overhead Paging to Reduce Hospital Noise.  June 2020, Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology 54(4):251-257.  DOI: 2345/0899-8205-54.4.251
  • Parikh A, Hughes Driscoll CA, Crowley H, York T, Guillaume D, Demoulin Jean-Baptiste D, Hoffman SB. Diagnostic Limitations and Considerations in the Evaluation of Advanced Multicentric Infantile Myofibromas.  Accepted for publication by Radiology Case Reports in September 2020. 
  • Frisbie J, Cornman H, Swamy R, Alexander JL, Kemp PS, Friedrich R, Hughes Driscoll CA, Levin MR.  A Novel Interactive Virtual Medical Student Clinical Rotation for Ophthalmology. Journal of Academic Ophthalmology, Jan 2022, doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1743410
  • Crimmins S, Baumer S, Theodoru A, Driscoll CH. Impact of Obstetric Communication on Decision-to-Delivery Time. Am J Perinatol. 2022 May 25. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1748843. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35613929.

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.

"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 2019 issue of Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology.  The peer-reviewed journal is the official journal of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.