Dr. Coleen K. Cunningham is a UCI Health pediatrician who serves as chair of the UCI School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and senior vice president and pediatrician-in-chief at CHOC Children's Hospital of Orange County.
A specialist in pediatric infectious diseases, Cunningham is renowned for her work on HIV and AIDS in children.
She earned her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., where she completed a residency in pediatrics followed by a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases.
Cunningham comes to UC Irvine from Duke University Medical Center, where she served as a professor with tenure for pediatrics and pathology, a research professor of global health and vice chair for research for pediatrics.
She is the author of more than 130 published manuscripts and she has led many multicenter clinical trials aimed at the treatment and prevention of HIV infection in children. She also has been awarded several competitive research grants awards and served on National Institutes of Health grant review panels. As an educator, her focus has been on training pediatric infectious diseases physician-scientists.