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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: coleen.cunningham@duke.edu

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

Publications

Kelly, Matthew S., Eric J. Crotty, Mantosh S. Rattan, Kathleen E. Wirth, Andrew P. Steenhoff, Coleen K. Cunningham, Tonya Arscott-Mills, et al. “Chest Radiographic Findings and Outcomes of Pneumonia Among Children in Botswana.” Pediatr Infect Dis J 35, no. 3 (March 2016): 257–62. https://doi.org/10.1097/INF.0000000000000990.

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Berry, Scott M., Elizabeth A. Petzold, Peter Dull, Nathan M. Thielman, Coleen K. Cunningham, G Ralph Corey, Micah T. McClain, et al. “A response adaptive randomization platform trial for efficient evaluation of Ebola virus treatments: A model for pandemic response.” Clin Trials 13, no. 1 (February 2016): 22–30. https://doi.org/10.1177/1740774515621721.

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Thielman, Nathan M., Coleen K. Cunningham, Christopher Woods, Elizabeth Petzold, Mark Sprenz, and James Russell. “Ebola clinical trials: Five lessons learned and a way forward.” Clin Trials 13, no. 1 (February 2016): 83–86. https://doi.org/10.1177/1740774515619897.

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Ramaiya, Megan K., Kristen A. Sullivan, Karen O’ Donnell, Coleen K. Cunningham, Aisa M. Shayo, Blandina T. Mmbaga, and Dorothy E. Dow. “A Qualitative Exploration of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Contexts of HIV-Positive Adolescents in Tanzania.” Plos One 11, no. 11 (2016): e0165936. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0165936.

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Kelly, Matthew S., Kathleen E. Wirth, Andrew P. Steenhoff, Coleen K. Cunningham, Tonya Arscott-Mills, Sefelani C. Boiditswe, Mohamed Z. Patel, et al. “Treatment Failures and Excess Mortality Among HIV-Exposed, Uninfected Children With Pneumonia.” J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc 4, no. 4 (December 2015): e117–26. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpids/piu092.

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Buchanan, Ann M., Suzanne P. Fiorillo, Michael W. Omondi, Coleen K. Cunningham, and John A. Crump. “Establishment of biochemistry reference values for healthy Tanzanian infants, children and adolescents in Kilimanjaro Region.” Trop Med Int Health 20, no. 11 (November 2015): 1569–77. https://doi.org/10.1111/tmi.12580.

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Rehder, Kyle J., Elizabeth A. Wilson, Kanecia O. Zimmerman, Coleen K. Cunningham, and David A. Turner. “Detection of Multiple Respiratory Viruses Associated With Mortality and Severity of Illness in Children.” Pediatr Crit Care Med 16, no. 7 (September 2015): e201–6. https://doi.org/10.1097/PCC.0000000000000492.

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Fouda, Genevieve G., Coleen K. Cunningham, and Sallie R. Permar. “Infant HIV-1 vaccines: supplementing strategies to reduce maternal-child transmission.” Jama 313, no. 15 (April 21, 2015): 1513–14. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2015.1382.

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Kelly, M. S., K. E. Wirth, J. Madrigano, K. A. Feemster, C. K. Cunningham, T. Arscott-Mills, S. Boiditswe, S. S. Shah, R. Finalle, and A. P. Steenhoff. “The effect of exposure to wood smoke on outcomes of childhood pneumonia in Botswana.” Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 19, no. 3 (March 2015): 349–55. https://doi.org/10.5588/ijtld.14.0557.

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Fouda, Genevieve G., Coleen K. Cunningham, Elizabeth J. McFarland, William Borkowsky, Petronella Muresan, Justin Pollara, Lin Ye Song, et al. “Infant HIV type 1 gp120 vaccination elicits robust and durable anti-V1V2 immunoglobulin G responses and only rare envelope-specific immunoglobulin A responses.” J Infect Dis 211, no. 4 (February 15, 2015): 508–17. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiu444.

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