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Cunningham Named Dean

By Doug Boyd

Dr. Paul R.G. Cunningham, a former faculty member and administrator at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, has been named dean of the medical school and senior associate vice chancellor for medical affairs.


Cunningham returns to ECU from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse where he has been chair of the Department of Surgery for the past six years. He was a faculty member at ECU for 21 years before leaving in 2002 to assume the position in Syracuse. He will begin his duties at ECU on Sept. 15.

Chancellor Steve Ballard, announcing the appointment, said: “Paul Cunningham is exactly the right choice to lead the Brody School of Medicine. He is a highly accomplished, widely respected physician. He is familiar with the school’s mission and with the health care challenges facing this region and state, and he is a former chief of staff of our teaching hospital.

“Most importantly, Dr. Cunningham has the leadership skills and strength of character to assure excellence in the Brody school,” Ballard added. “I am delighted that he has accepted our offer to return to ECU.”



This page originally appeared in the Aug. 1, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at