Eric Douglass McCollum, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Languages: English, Spanish


Aspiration Pneumonia, Asthma, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine more

Research Interests

Global health; child pneumonia in developing countries; oxygen delivery in low resource settings; pulse oximetry in developing countries; digital auscultation as a pediatric respiratory diagnostic in low resource settings; non-invasive ventilation in developing countries; asthma in low resource settings; air pollution and respiratory health outcomes in developing countries; pneumococcal conjugate vaccine effectiveness in low resource settings more

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Johns Hopkins Pediatrics

Appointment Phone: 410-502-5794
200 N. Wolfe Street
Rubenstein Child Health Building
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-2035


Dr. Eric McCollum is a pediatric pulmonologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  He has expertise in global child respiratory health with more than ten years of clinical and research experience in low-resource settings in southern Africa and south Asia.

After having lived in Malawi for five years as a clinician with the Baylor Pediatric AIDS Corps and as a NIH Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellow, Dr. McCollum is now primarily based in the countries of Lesotho and Bangladesh.  He is the principal investigator of a NIH K01 International Research Scientist Development Award, through the Fogarty International Center, examining the role of pulse oximetry in Bangladeshi children with clinical pneumonia.

Dr. McCollum is also a co-investigator for a study comprehensively examining the effectiveness of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in rural Bangladeshi children. In the southern African country of Malawi Dr. McCollum is the principal investigator of a randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of bubble continuous positive airway pressure in children hospitalized with severe clinical pneumonia. He has successfully designed, led, or co-led several multi-site studies in developing countries throughout Africa and Asia including the novel application of pulse oximetry for children with clinical pneumonia by rural Malawian frontline health workers and digital auscultation as a respiratory diagnostic in six low-resource countries participating in the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health study.

Dr. McCollum has been recognized globally for his contributions to child respiratory health.  He has won multiple early career investigator awards and is currently a member of the World Health Organization Technical Support Network for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine impact studies and a member of the World Health Organization expert global working group for the World Health Organization chest radiograph guidelines for children.  He holds a joint faculty appointment in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. more


  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (2003)


  • Pediatrics; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2006)


  • Pediatrics; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2015)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Pulmonology) (2016)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics) (2006)

Research & Publications

Technology Expertise Keywords

Child pneumonia; pulse oximetry; bubble CPAP; digital auscultation

Clinical Trials

CPAP Improving Mortality for Pneumonia in African Children Trial (IMPACT)

Selected Publications

McCollum ED, Park DE, Watson NL, Buck WC, Bunthi C, Devendra A, Ebruke B, Elhilali M, Emmanouilidou D, Garcia-Prats AJ, Githinji L, Lokman H, Madhi SA, Moore DP, Mulindwa J, Olson D, Awori JO, Vandepitte WP, Verwey C, West JE, Knoll MD, O'Brien KL, Feikin DR, Hammitt LL. Listening panel performance and characteristics of lung sounds digitally recorded from children 1-59 months old enrolled in the Pneumonia Etiology for Child Health (PERCH) case-control study. BMJ Open Respir Res. 2017. In press.

McCollum ED, Nambiar B, Deula R, Zadutsa B, Bondo A, King C, Beard J, Liyaya H, Mankhambo L, Lazzerini M, Makwenda C, Masache G, Bar-Zeev N, Kazembe PN, Mwansambo C, Lufesi N, Costello A, Armstrong B, and T. Colbourn. Impact of the 13-valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine on Clinical and Hypoxemic Childhood Pneumonia over Three Years in Central Malawi: An observational study. PLoS ONE. 2017 Jan 4;12(1):e0168209. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168209. PMCID: PMC5215454

McCollum ED, King C, Hammitt L.L., Ginsburg A.S., Colbourn T, Baqui A.H., and K.L. O’Brien. Reducing child pneumonia mortality in the Sustainable Development era. Lancet Resp Med. 2016 Dec;4(12):932-933. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(16)30371-X.

McCollum ED, King C, Deula, R, Zadutsa B, Mankhambo L, Nambiar B, Makwenda C, Masache G, Lufesi N, Mwansambo C, Costello A, and T. Colbourn. Pulse oximetry for children with pneumonia treated as outpatients in rural Malawi. Bull World Health Organ. 2016 Dec 1;94(12):893-902. PMCID: PMC5153930

Emmanouilidou D, McCollum ED, Park DE, Elhilali M. Computerized Lung Sound Screening for Pediatric Auscultation in Noisy Field Environments. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2017. In press.

Activities & Honors


  • Abstract Award, American Thoracic Society International Conference
  • Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship Alumni Travel Award, National Institutes of Health
  • Young Investigator Award, 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
  • International Child Tuberculosis Training Scholarship
  • International Workshop of HIV Pediatrics Scholarship
  • Susan J. Mellette Scholarship
  • The Medical Class of 1966 Scholarship
  • Commonwealth Award
  • National Scholar/Athlete Award, U.S. Army Reserves
  • Sons of the American Revolution Citizenship Award
  • Faculty Award


  • American Thoracic Society
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Professional Activities

  • Member - Technical Working Group, World Health Organization - Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
  • Member - Technical Support Network, World Health Organization - Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
  • Sub-Committee Chair/Report Guarantor, World Health Organization - Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
  • Member - Scientific Advisory Panel, World Health Organization - Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
  • Member - Advisory Panel, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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