Michael L Cunningham, MD, PhD

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Michael L Cunningham, MD, PhD


"The care of a single patient during residency made me realize that I was drawn to helping families work through the difficult time after the birth of a child with complex cleft and craniofacial conditions. After residency, I was given the unique opportunity to train in the longitudinal care of these children and their families. Encouraged by my mentors, Drs. Ron Lemire and Sterling Clarren, I returned to graduate school to obtain a PhD in Anatomy and Embryology. Now, after this 34-year journey as a physician-scientist, I recognize that it is my patients, their families and my trainees who serve as my teachers. I am dedicated to the advancement of craniofacial research and our unique model of pediatric care for children born with these conditions."
  • Biography

    Michael L. Cunningham, MD, PhD, is chief of the Division of Craniofacial Medicine and professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is medical director of Seattle Children's Craniofacial Center and holds the Jean Renny Endowed Chair in Craniofacial Medicine. He is an adjunct professor in the Departments of Biological Structures, Oral Biology and Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington.

    Dr. Cunningham balances responsibilities between administration and patient care. He does bedside teaching of medical students, pediatric residents and craniofacial and neurodevelopmental fellows. His clinical interests focus on the diagnosis and long-term interdisciplinary care of children with craniofacial malformations, with a particular interest in craniosynostosis.

    Board Certification(s)



    University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA


    University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


    Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

    Clinical Interests

    Diagnosis and management of craniofacial malformation syndromes, Molecular developmental biology of craniosynostosis and other craniofacial conditions

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