Q-and-A with Dr. Michael Cunningham

Dr. Michael Cunningham

Dr. Michael Cunningham

What's the best thing about working at Seattle Children's?

It's the people. You would be hard-pressed to find another place where people are as dedicated to their work and the mission to provide the best care for our patients and their families.

What do you like most about the work you do in the Craniofacial Center?

As director of the Craniofacial Center, the most rewarding part of my job is to work with this marvelous team toward our common goal of outstanding patient care and state-of-the-art research. We are all committed to this goal and we are making great strides toward its realization.

From the perspective of a medical professional on the team, I get tremendous satisfaction from caring for of our patients. We can do a lot to positively impact our patient's lives which makes all our hard work worthwhile.

What makes Children's Craniofacial Center unique?

The most unique aspect of our Craniofacial Center is the model of care. Unlike most craniofacial programs, our center is run by a pediatrician. This, in combination with the dedication of all of our providers to true interdisciplinary care, allows us to provide the breadth of expertise necessary for comprehensive, coordinated patient care. Our team collaborates beautifully together because each member understands the value of the team care model.

What made you want to come to Children's?

I have worked at Children's since I began my internship in pediatrics almost 17 years ago. That said, what made Children's appealing then continues to make it appealing now. The atmosphere here is different from other hospitals I have visited. There is a calmness and quiet confidence that makes it a marvelous place to work. Children's remains a wonderful place to work because of the people who work here. All of them are devoted to the care of children and all are confident in their ability to do so.

What do people say when they find out you work here?

Children's has a wonderful local and national reputation. Whether talking to a colleague or my neighbor, the response is much the same... "that must be a wonderful place to work."

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