About Dr. Colgan

Richard Colgan, MD, is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he also serves as Vice Chairman for Medical Student Education and Clinical Operations.

Dr. Colgan completed a family medicine residency and served as Chief Resident in Family Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center in 1986. He has been active in the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians, serving in many leadership roles, including President. Dr. Colgan practiced family medicine in Annapolis, Maryland until 1998, prior to joining the University of Maryland Department of Family Medicine to serve as its Medical Director and Director of Student and Employee Health.

In July 2005 Dr. Colgan was asked to serve as Director of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Family Medicine, as well as course master for the family medicine clerkship and electives in family medicine. Other teaching and mentoring activities include serving as a clinical instructor in gross anatomy lab, small group leader in bacteriology, professionalism and Introduction to Clinical Medicine. He has been a faculty advisor to the Family Medicine Interest Group and was the first faculty advisor to the Catholic Medical Student Association.

Dr. Colgan has been listed in Best Doctors in America. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Maryland Defense Force. In 2005 he received the Maryland State Active Duty Medal for Outstanding Service in support of the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort, as well as a Governor's Citation in recognition of volunteer efforts to assist in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007 Dr. Colgan was chosen by the student body to be its nominee to the AAMC for its annual humanism award, was inducted into the schools Humanism honor society as well the schools medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. In 2008 he was awarded the American Medical Student Association Golden Apple clinical faculty teaching award by the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine graduating medical school student body. He was also awarded student council faculty teaching awards in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

He is the author of the book Advice to the Young Physician: On the Art of Medicine, published by Springer. The second edition, entitled Advice to the Healer: On the Art of Caring, was released in October, 2012. Dr. Colgan lives in Annapolis, MD, with his wife Deborah and their three children, Kathleen, Michael and Conor.

Research Interests

Medical Student education, humanism in medicine, anti-infective therapies in the outpatient setting, urinary tract infections

Clinical Speciality

Family medicine


Selected Publications:

What's new in medical education. Mallott DB, Colgan R, Lewin L.

Diagnosis and treatment of acute uncomplicated cystitis. Colgan R, Williams M.Am Fam Physician. 2011 Oct 1;84(7):771.

Diagnosis and treatment of acute pyelonephritis in women. Colgan R, Williams M, Johnson JR.Am Fam Physician. 2011 Sep 1;84(5):519-26.

International clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of acute uncomplicated cystitis and pyelonephritis in women: A 2010 update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the European Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Gupta K, Hooton TM, Naber KG, Wullt B, Colgan R, Miller LG, Moran GJ, Nicolle LE, Raz R, Schaeffer AJ, Soper DE; Infectious Diseases Society of America; European Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Mar 1;52(5):e103-20.

Is there room for art in evidence-based medicine? Colgan R.Virtual Mentor. 2011 Jan 1;13(1):52-4.

University of Maryland School of Medicine increases medical student education in primary care.Colgan R, Lewin L, Southall N, Williams M, Baquet C.Md Med. 2011;12(4):26-7, 30.

A piece of my mind. A modern family.Colgan R, Zaner CI. JAMA. 2010 Nov 24;304(20):2221-2.

Beneath the surface: derm clues to underlying disorders. Halvorson CR, Colgan R.J Fam Pract. 2010 Oct;59(10):562-72.

Diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of catheter-associated urinary tract infection in adults: 2009 International Clinical Practice Guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.Hooton TM, Bradley SF, Cardenas DD, Colgan R, Geerlings SE, Rice JC, Saint S, Schaeffer AJ, Tambayh PA, Tenke P, Nicolle LE; Infectious Diseases Society of America.Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Mar 1;50(5):625-63.

The skin disorders of pregnancy: a family physician's guide.Bremmer M, Driscoll MS, Colgan R.J Fam Pract. 2010 Feb;59(2):89-96.

Increasing student interest in family medicine and urban health care: the family care tract.Colgan R, Iafolla CE, Rooks Y, Stewart DL.Md Med. 2009 Winter;10(1):21-3, 30.

Risk factors for trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole resistance in patients with acute uncomplicated cystitis.Colgan R, Johnson JR, Kuskowski M, Gupta K.Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2008 Mar;52(3):846-51. Epub 2007 Dec 17.

Survey of symptom burden in women with uncomplicated urinary tract infections.Colgan R, Keating K, Dougouih M. Clin Drug Investig. 2004;24(1):55-60.

Hypertensive urgencies and emergencies.Stewart DL, Feinstein SE, Colgan R.Prim Care. 2006 Sep;33(3):613-23, v. Review.

Asymptomatic bacteriuria in adults.Colgan R, Nicolle LE, McGlone A, Hooton TM. Am Fam Physician. 2006 Sep 15;74(6):985-90. Review.

Operation Lifeline: health care professionals from Maryland respond to Hurricane Katrina.Colgan R, Davis K, Barish RA. Md Med. 2005 Autumn;6(4):26-8.

Time to symptom relief for uncomplicated urinary tract infection treated with extended-release ciprofloxacin: a prospective, open-label, uncontrolled primary care study.Klimberg I, Shockey G, Ellison H, Fuller-Jonap F, Colgan R, Song J, Keating K, Cyrus P. Curr Med Res Opin. 2005 Aug;21(8):1241-50.

Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria in adults.

Nicolle LE, Bradley S, Colgan R, Rice JC, Schaeffer A, Hooton TM; Infectious Diseases Society of America; American Society of Nephrology; American Geriatric Society.Clin Infect Dis. 2005 Mar 1;40(5):643-54. Epub 2005 Feb 4.

A 'gap' between physician and patient assessment of symptom severity in acute cystitis?: a multicenter trial of women treated with extended-release ciprofloxacin.

Tucker MK, Brigio FD, Sirotenko GA, Keating KN, Perfetto EM, Wilson K, Song J, Colgan R. Postgrad Med. 2004 Dec;116(6 Suppl Treating):11-20. doi: 10.3810/pgm.12.2004.suppl37.214.

PMID:19667683[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis: a primary care consensus guideline.Brunton S, Carmichael BP, Colgan R, Feeney AS, Fendrick AM, Quintiliani R, Scott G.Am J Manag Care. 2004 Oct;10(10):689-96. Review.

Antiviral drugs in the immunocompetent host: part II. Treatment of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus infections. Colgan R, Michocki R, Greisman L, Moore TA. Am Fam Physician. 2003 Feb 15;67(4):763-6, 675. Review.

Antiviral drugs in the immunocompetent host: part I. Treatment of hepatitis, cytomegalovirus, and herpes infections.Colgan R, Michocki R, Greisman L, Moore TA.Am Fam Physician. 2003 Feb 15;67(4):757-62, 675. Review.

I'm sorry I was late. Colgan R.Acad Med. 2002 Oct;77(10):946. PMID:12377666[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Searching for the teaching moment: reflections of a family physician instructor in gross anatomy lab.Colgan R, Anderson L. Fam Med. 2002 Sep;34(8):619-21.

Grants and Contracts

2010 5 Year HRSA Grant : Primary Care Track