Physician Education: Bridging Clinical Research and Patient Care

Faculty Profile

Associate Professor of Medicine
Departments of Medicine, Family and Social Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY

Topics of Professional Interest:
  • HIV and substance abuse
  • Health services to marginalized populations
Current Professional Summary:


Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has spent over a decade providing care, developing programs, and conducting research focused on marginalized populations including drug users, HIV-infected individuals, and the unstably housed.  While on faculty at Einstein, she has collaborated with community-based organizations to develop unique and innovative programs to deliver health care to these marginalized populations. Parallel with program development, her research has focused on improving access to care, utilization of health care services, and health outcomes.  Dr. Cunningham has been the principal investigator on numerous grants funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and local and state Departments of Health.


Honors and Awards:
  • Member, Behavioral and Social Consequences HIV/AIDS Scientific Review Group, NIH, 2012-2018

  • Member, Racial and Ethnic Populations Committee of the NIH Office of AIDS Research, 2010-2012

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Harold Amos Faculty Development Award, 2006-2010

  • Mary O'Flaherty Horn Award, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2001-2004

  • Lawrence Linn Award, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2000
  • Northwestern University, BA in Psychology (1990)
  • University of California San Francisco, MD in Medicine (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:

Cunningham CO, Sohler NL, Cooperman NA, Berg KM, Litwin AH, Arnsten JH. Strategies to improve access to and utilization of health care services and adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-infected drug users. Subst Use Misuse. 2011;46(2-3):218-32. PMC3150583

Altice FL, Bruce RD, Lucas GM, Lum PJ, Korthius PT, Flanigan TP, Cunningham CO, et al. HIV treatment outcomes among HIV-infected opioid dependent patients receiving buprenorphine/naloxone treatment in HIV care setting: Results from a multi-site study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Mar 1;56 Suppl 1:S22-32.

Fiellin DA, Weiss L, Botsko M, Egan JE, Altice FL, Bazerman L, Chaudhry A, Cunningham CO, et al. Drug treatment outcomes among HIV-infected, opioid-dependent patients receiving buprenorphine/naloxone. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Mar 1;56 Suppl 1:S33-8

Sullivan LE, Botsko M, Cunningham CO, O’Connor PG, Hersh D, Mitty J. Lum PJ, Schottenfeld RS, Fiellin DA. The impact of cocaine use on outcomes in HIV-infected patients receiving buprenorphine/naloxone. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Mar 1;56 Suppl 1:S54-61.

Cunningham CO, Giovanniello A, Li X, Kunins HV, Roose RJ, Sohler NL. A comparison of buprenorphine induction strategies: patient-centered home-based inductions versus standard-of-care office-based inductions. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2011 Feb 17. [Epub ahead of print]. PMC3081891.


Sohler NL, Li X, Cunningham CO.  Perceived discrimination and patient ratings of the HIV health care system and their providers.  Public Health Rep. 2007;122(3):347-355. PMC1847497


Sohler NL, Wong MD, Cunningham WE, Cabral H, Drainoni ML, Cunningham CO.  Type and pattern of illicit drug use and access to health care services for HIV-infected people.  AIDS Patient Care STDs. 2007 Jun;21(S1):S68-76.


Cabral HJ, Tobias C, Rajabiun S, Sohler NL, Cunningham CO, Wong MD, Cunningham WE. Outreach program contacts: Do they increase the likelihood of engagement and retention in HIV primary care for hard-to-reach patients?  AIDS Patient Care STDs. 2007 Jun;21(S1):S59-S56.


Tobias CR, Cunningham W, Cabral HD, Cunningham CO, Eldred L, Naar-King S, Bradford J, Sohler NL, Wong MD, Drainoni ML. Living with HIV but without medical care: barriers to engagement. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2007 Jun;21(6):426-34.


Cunningham CO, Kunins HV, Roose RJ, Elam RT, Sohler NL. Barriers to Obtaining Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine for Opioid Addiction Treatment Among HIV Physicians. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Sep;22(9):1325-9. Epub 2007 Jul 10. PMC2219773




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