Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS

Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Professor of Medicine, Family and Social Medicine
Associate Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Director, General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program
Director, Diversity Affairs, Department of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York

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Honors and Awards

  • Member and Chair, Behavioral and Social Consequences HIV/AIDS Scientific Review Group, NIH, 2012-2018
  • Chair, New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute, Substance Abuse Guidelines Committee, 2012-current
  • Member, Opioid Guideline Workgroup, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, 2016
  • Member, New York City Mayor’s Ad-Hoc Heroin and Prescription Opioid Public Awareness Task Force, 2016
  • W. Anderson Spickard, Jr Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Association of Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, 2015
  • Clinical Science Mentor of the Year, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2015
  • Member, American Society of Addiction Medicine’s National Practice Guideline Committee for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use, 2014-2015
  • Fellow, Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, Drexel University, 2014-2015
  • Member, Racial and Ethnic Populations Committee of the NIH Office of AIDS Research, 2010-2014
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Harold Amos Faculty Development Award, 2006-2010


  • Northwestern University, BA in Psychology (1990)
  • University of California San Francisco, MD (1994)
  • University of California San Francisco, Internship in Primary Care Internal Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (1994-1995)
  • New York University, Residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine (1995-1997)
  • New York University, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine (1997-1998)
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, MS in Clinical Research Methods (2006-2008)

Selected Publications

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