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Coleen Kathryn Cunningham, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Global Health, Pediatrics
Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Pediatrics
Research Professor of Global Health
Professor of Pathology
Campus mail: Box 3352 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-6335
Email address:

Dr. Cunningham is a pediatric infectious diseases physician who has focused her research on the prevention and treatment of HIV infection in children.  She has also played important roles in evaluation of vaccines for other infectious diseases and recently has worked on Ebola virus treatment studies.  She is currently working on studies of active and passive immunization to prevent HIV transmission in neonates born to HIV infected women.

Education and Training

  • Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, 1988 - 1991
  • Residency, Pediatrics, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, 1985 - 1988
  • M.D., State University of New York Upstate Medical University, 1985

Selected Grants and Awards


Barker, W. H., M. A. Menegus, C. B. Hall, R. F. Betts, C. B. Freundlich, C. E. Long, D. H. O’Brien, L. B. Weiner, C. Cunningham, and C. A. Bonville. “Communitywide laboratory-based influenza surveillance focused on older persons, 1989-1992.” Am J Prev Med 11, no. 3 (May 1995): 149–55.


Flynn, P. M., C. K. Cunningham, T. Kerkering, A. R. S. Jorge, V. B. Peters, P. A. Pitel, J. Harris, G. Gilbert, L. Castagnaro, and P. Robinson. “Oropharyngeal candidiasis in immunocompromised children: A randomized, multicenter study of orally administered fluconazole suspension versus nystatin.” The Journal of Pediatrics 127, no. 2 (1995): 322–28.


Marr, B., S. Gross, C. Cunningham, and L. Weiner. “Candidal sepsis and meningitis in a very-low-birth-weight infant successfully treated with fluconazole and flucytosine.” Clin Infect Dis 19, no. 4 (October 1994): 795–96.

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Cunningham, C. K., K. R. Kazacos, J. A. McMillan, J. A. Lucas, J. B. McAuley, E. J. Wozniak, and L. B. Weiner. “Diagnosis and management of Baylisascaris procyonis infection in an infant with nonfatal meningoencephalitis.” Clin Infect Dis 18, no. 6 (June 1994): 868–72.

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Cunningham, C. K., J. A. McMillan, and S. J. Gross. “Rehospitalization for respiratory illness in infants of less than 32 weeks' gestation.” Pediatrics 88, no. 3 (September 1991): 527–32.


Cunningham, C. K. “The role of the genital mycoplasmas in neonatal disease.” Clinical Microbiology Newsletter 12, no. 19 (October 1, 1990): 147–49.

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