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Richard Colgan, Md

Family & Community Medicine
University of Maryland Medical Center
United States of America


Dr. Colgan’s career has been marked by a number of significant leadership initiatives and awards for teaching excellence, many coinciding with his 20-year tenure at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. As a professor of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he also serves as vice chairman for medical student education and clinical operations. Dr. Colgan has served as lead investigator on many research projects, including the Medical Student Experience with Primary Care Physicians, the Patient Centered Medical Home, and Care for the Underserved in Maryland, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Colgan has been listed in Best Doctors in America, was chosen by the School of Medicine’s student body as its nominee for the Association of American Medical Colleges’ annual humanism award, and was inducted into the school’s Humanism Honor Society as well as Alpha Omega Alpha. In 2008, he was awarded the American Medical Student Association’s Golden Apple clinical faculty teaching award by the University of Maryland School of Medicine class of 2008. Dr. Colgan is a colonel in the Maryland Defense Force, serving the state of Maryland as a volunteer physician in the 10th Medical Regiment. He is the author of two books: Advice to the Young Physician: On the Art of Medicine and Advice to the Healer: On the Art of Caring, both published by Springer. He was recently selected to direct the Maryland Area Health Education Center, the School of Medicine’s “Mini-Med School” and “Mini-Med School for Kids” programs, providing medical information to members of the local community. He also is the Director of the School of Medicine’s Executive Health Program.

Research Interest

Urinary Tract Infections, Cystitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Overactive Bladder, Stress Urinary Incontinence, Respiratory Tract Infections, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, COPD, Diabetes, LUTS, Hypertension, Antibiotic Resistance, Antiviral Therapy, Colorectal Cancer, Art of Medicine


  • Colgan R, Zaner CI. A Modern Family JAMA. 2010 304(20):2221-2

  • Gupta K, Hooton TM, Naber KG, Wullt B, Colgan R, Miller LG, Moran GJ, Nicolle LE, Raz R, Schaeffer AJ, Soper DE, International Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Uncomplicated Cystitis and Pyelonephritis in Women: An Update by the infectious diseases society of America and the European society for microbiology and infectious diseases Clin Inf Dis, Mar;52(5):e103-20

  • Colgan, R., Johnson, J., Kuskoski, M., Gupta, K. Risk Factors for Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole Resistance in Acute Uncomplicated Cystitis, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, March 2008

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