Colleen grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY with her five older siblings. Influenced by her mom, a pianist, and dad, a family doctor, she has loved both art and science from childhood. She is currently a resident physician in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital and NYU Langone in New York City, and intends to continue her training in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Throughout her medical training, Colleen has written about the emotional and ethical challenges of medicine. Her writing has appeared in JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, The Hastings Center Report, STAT, and Bioethics Forum, among others publications, and she has been featured on several podcasts, including CoreIM and The Nocturnists. She is the founder and director of MedHumChat, a popular Twitter-based discussion of poetry and prose aimed to foster reflection, empathy and connection in healthcare. She is currently writing a memoir based on her experiences in medical school.

Colleen is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Medical School and an alumna of the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics and the Rudin Fellowship for Medical Ethics and Humanities. She lives in Manhattan with her husband.