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Chinazo O. Cunningham, M.D., M.S.

Chinazo O. Cunningham, M.D., M.S.

Professor, Medicine (General Internal Medicine)

Associate Chief, General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine

Director, General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program, Department of Medicine

Attending Physician, General Internal Medicine, Montefiore Health System

Substance use disorder and treatmentOpioid prescribingDrug use in HIV-infected patientsMedical marijuana

Dr. Cunningham is a physician whose research centers on substance use disorders, particularly opioid use disorder, and treatments, including buprenorphine and methadone. She is currently leading the first long-term federally-funded study on medical marijuana’s impact on opioid use for pain.  

Dr. Cunningham serves as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, which addresses unintended overdoses. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. She also was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to a working group charged with drafting legislation for regulated adult-use marijuana. Previously, Dr. Cunningham served on the NYC Mayor’s Heroin and Prescription Opioid Public Awareness Task Force and was a member of the CDC's Opioid Guideline Workgroup, which issued recommendations for tighter prescription guidelines in March 2016. 

Dr. Cunningham has spent more than two decades providing care, developing programs and conducting research focused on marginalized populations, including people who use drugs, people with HIV infection, and recently incarcerated people. She has served on numerous national advisory committees, including the NIH’s Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS Study Section and f the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s National Practice Guideline Committee for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use. 

Dr. Cunningham has been principal investigator on numerous grants funded by the NIH, CDC, HRSA, SAMHSA, private foundations, and local and state Departments of Health.


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Email: chinazo.cunningham@oasas.ny.gov

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