Susanna A. McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology

Dr. Susanna McColley reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. McColley is a pediatrician certified in pediatric pulmonology. She is Head of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at The Children's Memorial Medical Center in Chicago. She serves as the Clinical Medical Advisor on the Board of Directors for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Greater Illinois Chapter, and is a former member and chairman of the Center Committee of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Dr. McColley serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several medical journals. She is also actively involved in research relating to cystic fibrosis.

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics—989, 1999
Sub-Board of Pediatric Pulmonology—1992, 2000, 2006

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Topics Reviewed Cystic Fibrosis


M.D.: Northwestern University Medical School, 1985
Internship: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, 1986
Residency: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, 1988
Fellowship: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonary Division, 1992

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Professional Affiliations

American Thoracic Society
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians

Selected Publications

  1. McColley SA, Stellmach V, Boas SR, Jain M, Crawford SE (2000). Serum vascular endothelial growth factor is elevated in cystic fibrosis and decreases with treatment of acute pulmonary exacerbation. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 161(4): 1877–1880.
  2. Jain M, Ramirez D, Seshadri R, Cullina JF, Powers CA, Schulert GS, Bar-Meir M, Sullivan CL, McColley SA, Hauser AR (2004). Type III secretion phenotypes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains change during infection of individuals with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 42(11): 5229–5237.
  3. Padman R, McColley SA, Miller DP, Konstan MW, Morgan WJ, Schechter MS, Ren C, Wagener JS, the Investigators and Coordinators of the Epidemiologic Study of Cystic Fibrosis (2007). Infant care patterns at Epidemiologic Study of Cystic Fibrosis Sites that achieve superior childhood lung function. Pediatrics, 119(3), e531–e537.
  4. O'Malley CA, VandenBranden S, Zheng X, Polito A, McColley SA (2007). A day in the life of a nebulizer: Surveillance for bacterial growth in nebulizer equipment of children with cystic fibrosis in the hospital setting. Respiratory Care, 52(3): 258–262.

Financial Disclosure

Dr. McColley serves as a consultant for Genentech and Novartis and has received honoraria for these activities.

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