Melanie Sue Collins, MD, is focused on provided outstanding care and education to children with all types of chronic respiratory disease. Her priority is to know each child as an individual – knowing their hobbies and personal preferences, in addition to their medication information. She believes it’s critical for patient and families to understand the how and why of their therapies and care.

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, Dr. Collins is Program Director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship. Over the last two years, she has worked with the American Board of Pediatrics and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to improve evaluation of pediatric pulmonary fellows. She enjoys teaching learners at all stages of education to convince them early to become pediatric pulmonologists. She is committed to training fellows who provide cutting-edge, compassionate patient care while also conducting outstanding research to forward their field.

Dr. Collins is also Director of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Services, which provides pulmonary function testing as well as cardiac stress testing. The lab became recognized by the American Thoracic Society for the first time in 2021 under her direction.

Dr. Collins is the Associate Director of the Central Connecticut Cystic Fibrosis Center and Clinical Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Program and a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Special Interest Group on newborn screening. She is a Skills Champion for the CFF Partnership Enhancement Program.  

In 2023, Dr. Collins expanded her knowledge and passion for CF, by founding the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Center at Connecticut Children’s and UConn Health. She collaborates with the PCD Foundation and leads their education committee. She looks forward to continuing to improve education and care for all patients with disorders of mucociliary clearance (CF, PCD and those who are too unique to fit into one category).

In her free time, Dr. Collins enjoys spending time with her family including her horse, Miss Foxy, who also has asthma.  Dr. Collins continues to enjoy playing the piano by volunteering with the chorus at her daughters’ school.

Education

BS/BA, University of Connecticut, 1997

MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 2002

Residency

Pediatrics, University of Connecticut, 2002-2005

Fellowship

Pediatric Pulmonology, University of Connecticut, 2005-2008

American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Pulmonology

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

  • Chiel, L, Stevens, E, Bishay, L, Collins, MS, Rama, J, Edgar, L, McLean, S, Haynes, I, Muzumdar, H, Weiss, P, Boyer, D, Giles, B.L. Pediatric Pulmonary Milestones 2.0L Development, Lessons Learned and Future Directions. ATS Scholar 2023. https://www.atsjournals.org/doi/10.34197/ats-scholar.2023-0075PS, Epub ahead of print.
  • Stalker HJ, Jonasson AR, Hopfer SM, Collins MS. Improvement in cystic fibrosis newborn screening program outcomes with genetic counseling via telemedicine. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2023 Sep 15. doi: 10.1002/ppul.26678. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37712603
  • Hollenbach JP, Collins MS, Wasser C, Fedele D. Implementation of standardized asthma management programs in outpatient settings. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2023 May;130(5):571-576. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2023.01.016. Epub 2023 Jan 23. PMID: 36702245.
  • Harris JC, Collins MS, Huang PH, Schramm CM, Nero T, Yan J, Murray TS. Bacterial Surface Detachment during Nebulization with Contaminated Reusable Home Nebulizers. Microbiol Spectr. 2022 Feb 23;10(1):e0253521. doi: 10.1128/spectrum.02535-21. Epub 2022 Feb 2. PMID: 35107362; PMCID: PMC8809330.
  • Justine Mrosak, Kenneth Banasiak, Barbara Edelheit, Craig Lapin, Heather Tory, Melanie Sue Collins.
    Polymyxin-B Hemoperfusion as a Novel Treatment for Rapidly Progressive Interstitial Lung Disease in a Pediatric Patient Diagnosed With Anti-MDA5 Juvenile Dermatomyositis J Clin Rheumatol 2019 Nov 15.

Locations for this Doctor

Connecticut Children’s Specialty Care Center – Hartford (85 Seymour St.)

85 Seymour Street
Hartford, CT06106
United States