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Eric Douglass McCollum, M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Languages: English, Spanish

Expertise: Aspiration Pneumonia, Asthma, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

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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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


  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia (2003)


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


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

Board Certifications

  • 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

1. 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.

2. 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

3. 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.

4. 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

5. 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.

6. Smith AG, Ecklerle M, Mvalo T, Weir B, Martinson F, Chalira A, Lufesi N, Mofolo I, Hosseinipour M, McCollum ED. CPAP IMPACT: A protocol for a randomized trial of bubble continuous positive airway pressure versus standard care for high-risk children with severe pneumonia using adaptive design methods. BMJ Open Respir Res. 2017. In press.

7. Mahomed N, Fancourt N, de Campo J, de Campo M, Akano A, Cherian T, Cohen OG, Greenberg D, Lacey S, Kohli N, Lederman HM, Madhi SA, Manduku V, McCollum ED, Park K, Ribo-Aristizabal JL, Bar-Zeev N, O'Brien KL, and K. Mulholland. Preliminary Report: The WHO Chest Radiography in Epidemiology Studies (CRES) project. Pediatr Radiol. 2017 in press.

8. Hooli S, Colbourn T, Lufesi N, Costello A, Nambiar B, Thammasitboon S, Makwenda C, Mwansambo C, McCollum ED, and C. King. Predicting hospitalised paediatric pneumonia mortality risk: an external validation of RISC and mRISC, and local tool development (RISC-Malawi) from Malawi. PLoS ONE. 2016 Dec 28;11(12):e0168126. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0168126. PMCID: PMC5193399

9. King C, Colbourn T, Mankhambo L, Beard J, Hay Burgess DC, Costello A, Izadnegahdar R, Lufesi N, Mwansambo C, Nambiar B, Johnson ES, Platt RW, Mukanga D, and McCollum ED. Non-treatment of children with community health worker-diagnosed fast-breathing pneumonia in rural Malawi: exploratory subanalysis of a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open. 2016 Nov 16;6(11):e011636. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011636. PMCID: PMC5128900

10. Lazzerini M, Seward N, Lufesi N, Banda R, Sinyeka S, Masache G, Nambiar B., Makwenda C., Costello A., McCollum ED, and T. Colbourn. Mortality and its risk factors in Malawian children admitted to hospital with clinical pneumonia, 2001-12: a retrospective observational study. Lancet Glob Health. 2016 Jan;4(1):e57-68. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00215-6.

11. Walk J, Dinga P, Banda C, Msiska T, Chitsamba E, Chiwayula N, Lufesi N, Mlotha-Mitole R, Costello A, Phiri A, Colbourn T, McCollum ED, Lang HJ. Non-invasive ventilation with bubble CPAP is feasible and improves respiratory physiology in hospitalised Malawian children with acute respiratory failure. Pediatr Int Child H. 2016;36(1):28-33.doi: 10.1179/2046905514Y.0000000166. PMCID: PMC4449832

12. King C, McCollum ED, Mankhambo L, Colbourn T, Beard J, Hay Burgess DC, Costello A., Izadnegahdar R., Lufesi N., Masache G., Mwansambo C., Nambiar B., Johnson E., Platt R., Mukanga, D. Can We Predict Oral Antibiotic Treatment Failure in Children with Fast-Breathing Pneumonia Managed at the Community Level? A Prospective Cohort Study in Malawi. PloS one. 2015 Aug 27;10(8):e0136839. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136839. PMCID: PMC4551481

13. Emmanouilidou D, McCollum ED, Park DE, Elhilali M. Adaptive Noise Suppression of Pediatric Lung Auscultations With Real Applications to Noisy Clinical Settings in Developing Countries. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2015 Sep;62(9):2279-88. doi: 10.1109/TBME.2015.2422698. PMCID: PMC4568755

14. McCollum ED, Preidis GA, Maliwichi M, Olson D, McCrary LM, Kazembe PN, van der Horst CM, Hoffman I, Hosseinipour MC. Clinical versus rapid molecular HIV diagnosis in hospitalized African infants: a randomized controlled trial simulating point-of-care infant testing. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 May 1;66(1):e23-30. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000080. PMCID: PMC4345126

15. Maliwichi M, Rosenberg NE, Macfie R, Olson D, Hoffman I, van der Horst CM, Kazembe PN, Hosseinipour MC, McCollum ED. CD4 count outperforms World Health Organization clinical algorithm for point-of-care HIV diagnosis among hospitalised HIV-exposed Malawian infants. Trop Med Int Health. 2014 Aug;19(8):978-87. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12326. PMCID: PMC4091045

16. LaCourse, SM, Chester FM, Preidis GA, McCrary LM, Maliwichi M, McCollum ED, Hosseinipour MC. Lay-screeners and Use of WHO Growth Standards Increase Case Finding of Hospitalized Malawian Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition. J Trop Pediatr. 2015 Feb;61(1):44-53.

17. LaCourse SM, Chester FM, Preidis GA, McCrary LM, Arscott-Mills T, Maliwichi M, James G, McCollum ED, Hosseinipour MC. Use of xpert for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in severely malnourished hospitalized malawian children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014 Nov;33(11):1200-2. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000384. PMCID: PMC4217085

18. Bjornstad E, Preidis GA, Lufesi N, Olson D, Kamthunzi P, Hosseinipour MC, McCollum ED. Determining the quality of IMCI pneumonia care in Malawian children. Paediatr Int Child Health. 2014 Feb;34(1):29-36. doi: 10.1179/2046905513Y.0000000070. PMCID: PMC4424282

19. Preidis GA, McCollum ED, Kamiyango W, Garbino A, Hosseinipour MC, Kazembe PN, Schutze GE, Kline MW. Routine inpatient provider-initiated HIV testing in Malawi, compared with client-initiated community-based testing, identifies younger children at higher risk of early mortality. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2013 May 1;63(1):e16-22. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e318288aad6. PMCID: PMC4364280

20. Olson D, Preidis GA, Milazi R, Spinler J, Lufesi L, Mwansambo C, Hosseinipour MC, McCollum ED. Task shifting an inpatient triage, assessment and treatment programme improves the quality of care for hospitalised Malawian children. Trop Med Int Health 2013 Jul;18(7):879-86. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12114. PMCID: PMC3683117

21. Olson D, Davis N, Milazi R, Lufesi N, Miller W, Preidis GA, Hosseinipour MC, McCollum ED. Development of a severity of illness scoring system (inpatient triage, assessment and treatment) for resource-constrained hospitals in developing countries. Trop Med Int Health 2013 Jul;18(7):871-8. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12137. PMCID: PMC3713504

22. McCollum ED, Bjornstad E, Preidis GA, Hosseinipour MC, Lufesi N. Multicenter study of hypoxemia prevalence and quality of oxygen treatment for hospitalized Malawian children. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2013 May;107(5):285-92. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/trt017. PMCID: PMC4030433

23. McCollum ED, Johnson DC, Chasela CS, Siwande LD, Kazembe PN, Olson D, Hoffman I, van der Horst C, Hosseinipour M. Superior uptake and outcomes of early infant diagnosis of HIV services at an immunization clinic versus an "under-five" general pediatric clinic in Malawi. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2012 Aug 1;60(4):e107-10. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e31825aa721. PMCID: PMC3412370

24. Kabue, MM, Buck WC, Wanless SR, Cox CM, McCollum ED, Caviness AC, Ahmed S, Kim MH, Thahane L, Devlin A, Kochelani D, Kazembe PN, Calles NR, Mizwa MB, Schutze GE, Kline MW. Mortality and Clinical Outcomes in HIV-Infected Children on Antiretroviral Therapy in Malawi, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Pediatrics 2012 Sep;130(3):e591-9. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-1187. PMCID: PMC3962849

25. Preidis GA, McCollum ED, Mwansambo C, Kazembe PN, Schutze GE, Kline MW. Pneumonia and Malnutrition are Highly Predictive of Mortality among African Children Hospitalized with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection or Exposure in the Era of Antiretroviral Therapy. J Pediatr. 2011 Sep;159(3):484-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2011.02.033. PMCID: PMC4423795

26. McCollum ED, Smith A, Golitko CL. Bubble continuous positive airway pressure in a human immunodeficiency virus-infected infant. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2011 Apr;15(4):562-4. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.10.0583. PMCID: PMC4048924

27. McCollum ED, Preidis GA, Golitko CL, Siwande LD, Mwansambo C, Kazembe PN, Hoffman I, Hosseinipour MC, Schutze GE, Kline MW. Routine inpatient human immunodeficiency virus testing system increases access to pediatric human immunodeficiency virus care in sub-Saharan Africa. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011 May;30(5):e75-81. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3182103f8a. PMCID: PMC4157210

28. Braun M, Kabue MM, McCollum ED, Ahmed D, Kim M, Aertker L, Chirwa M, Eliya M, Mofolo I, Hoffman I, Kazembe PN, van der Horst C, Kline MW, Hosseinipour MC. Inadequate coordination of maternal and infant HIV services detrimentally affects early infant diagnosis outcomes in Lilongwe, Malawi. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Apr 15;56(5):e122-8. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e31820a7f2f. PMCID: PMC3112277

29. McCollum ED, Preidis GA, Kabue MM, Singogo EB, Mwansambo C, Kazembe PN, Kline MW. Task shifting routine inpatient pediatric HIV testing improves program outcomes in urban Malawi: a retrospective observational study. PLoS One. 2010 Mar 10;5(3):e9626. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009626. PMCID: PMC2835755

30. Akalin A, Elmore LW, Forsythe HL, Amaker BA, McCollum ED, Nelson PS, Ware JL, Holt SE. A novel mechanism for chaperone-mediated telomerase regulation during prostate cancer progression. Cancer Res. 2001 Jun 15;61(12):4791-6.

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
    Focus on the Chest Radiography in Epidemiology Studies Project
  • Member - Technical Support Network, World Health Organization - Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
    Focus on pneumococcal conjugate vaccine impact studies
  • Sub-Committee Chair/Report Guarantor, World Health Organization - Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
    Strategic review of the Integrated Management of Newborn and Child Illnesses
  • Member - Scientific Advisory Panel, World Health Organization - Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health
    Focus on revision of child pneumonia diagnostic and treatment failure criteria.
  • Member - Advisory Panel, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    Focus on the development of a target product profile for pulse oximetry.
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