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Assistant Director, Central Connecticut Cystic Fibrosis Center
BS/BA, University of Connecticut, 1997
MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 2002
Pediatrics, University of Connecticut, 2002-2005
Pediatric Pulmonology, University of Connecticut, 2005-2008
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Dr. Collins is the associate director of the Central Connecticut Cystic Fibrosis Center and director of the cystic fibrosis newborn screening program and a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Special Interest Group on newborn screening.
In 2014, Dr. Collins, co-chaired a symposium on care of the young child with cystic fibrosis at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference. She is also part of the CF patient and family advisory board and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s QI team which has been featured in CFF educational materials and presents nationally.
Dr. Collins continues to work on a two QI/Research project on heart arrhythmias associated with use of chronic azithromycin in cystic fibrosis and a Chronic Therapies project which ensures each patient has the opportunity to discuss chronic therapies for lung health with their CF Care Team.
She successfully recruited Dr. Tom Murray from the Infectious Disease Division to found a combined Cystic Fibrosis and Infectious Disease clinic to make judicious choices of antibiotics as well as improve care coordination. Dr. Collins and Dr. Murray are initiating a study to examine the most efficient/effective methods of disinfecting nebulizers for cystic fibrosis patients.
Although she is very focused on cystic fibrosis, Dr. Collins has great passion for caring for all children with complex medical conditions. She strives to maximize their respiratory function (and minimize their treatments) so that they can lead happy and healthy lives. Dr. Collins maintain her ties with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine as its clinical advisor for their Committee on Premedical Education. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Thoracic Society.
Collins, Melanie Sue. “Sinus Disease in Cystic Fibrosis.” Infectious Diseases in Pediatric Otolaryngology. Ed. Tulio Valdez, Jesus Vallejo. Switzerland: Springer International, 2016. 121-33.
An evaluation strategy for potential QTc prolongation with chronic azithromycin therapy in cystic fibrosis. Lenehan PJ, Schramm CM, Collins MS. J Cyst Fibros. 2015 Dec 11.
Sayej, W. and Melanie Sue Collins. Failure to Thrive in a Teenage Boy. Medical News. September 2015 2.
SM Hopfer, Heather Jean Stalker and Melanie Sue Collins. Genetic Counseling via Telemedicine in a Newborn Screening Program – A Novel Approach. Ann Clin Lab Sci (July –August) 2015 45: 467
Kaleel, M., Pascal, M., O’Loughlin, M., Schramm, CM, Collins, MS. Serial Lung
Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Monitor Disease Progression in a Child with a Diffuse Alveolar Hemorrhage Syndrome J Clin Med Res. 2015 Apr;7(4):267-9.
Sinisgalli S, Collins, MS, Schramm, CS Clinical features cannot distinguish allergic from non-allergic asthma in children. J of Asthma 2012 Feb;49(1) 51-6.
Collins, MS, Schramm, CS et al. Asthma. Consensus in Pediatrics. 2010.
Collins, MS, Abbott, M., Wakefield, DB, Lapin, CD, Drapeau, G., Hopfer, SM, Greenstein, RM, Cloutier, MM, Improved Pulmonary Function And Growth Outcomes With Early Diagnosis Of Cystic Fibrosis By Newborn Screening. Pediatric Pulmonology 2008 Jul;43(7):648-55.
Collins, M, Feder, HM. How Connecticut Primary Care Physicians View Treatments for Streptococcal and Nonstreptococcal Pharyngitis. Clinical Therapeutics 2008; 30(1): 158-163.
Carroll CL, Smith SR, Collins MS, Bhandari A, Schramm CM, Zucker, AR. Endotracheal intubation and pediatric status asthmaticus: Site of original care affects treatment. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2007; 8(2): 91-95.
Collins, Melanie Sue; Simeoneau, Tregony, Curtis, Rosemarie; Schramm, CS; Lapin, Craig D.; Chronic Therapies for Cystic Fibrosis North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Phoenix, Arizona 2015.
Lenehan, Patrick; Lapin, Craig D.; Drapeau, Ginny; Leopold, Harris; Bhandari, Anita; Schramm, Craig; Collins, Melanie Sue. QTc Prolongation in Chronic Azithromycin Therapy-A Rational Monitoring Approach North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Salt Lake City Utah 2013.
Dr. Collins is an avid piano player.