Doctor from Mukilteo wins community service award

Cunningham is a professor of pediatrics specializing in craniofacial malformations
By Nicholas Johnson | Aug 02, 2017
Dr. Michael Cunningham

Mukilteo resident Dr. Michael Cunningham is one of seven University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine alumni to win the college’s Service to Medicine & Community Award this year.

The award is presented to alumni who have maintained a high standard of medical service and who have achieved an outstanding record of community service or assumed other significant responsibilities not directly related to medical practice.

Cunningham, a 1987 alumnus, is a professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Craniofacial Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He’s also the Jean Renny Chair of Craniofacial Medicine and medical director of the Children’s Craniofacial Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Since 1991, his clinical practice has been limited to the diagnosis and longitudinal management of children with craniofacial malformations.

He is the founder of PACT (Partners in African Cleft Training), a grass roots craniofacial training program in sub-Saharan Africa, which has trained over 100 providers and inspired the development of the Nifty cup, a simple feeding device for infants in developing countries who cannot breastfeed.

Cunningham is dedicated to the advancement of craniofacial research and the unique model of pediatric care developed at Seattle Children’s Hospital for children born with craniofacial conditions.

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