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Dean's Office:

About the Dean

Dr. Paul Cunningham
Paul R. G. Cunningham,
MD, FACS
Paul R. G. Cunningham, MD, FACS is the Dean and the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University. He accepted this post as of September 15, 2008.

Dr. Cunningham was the Professor and Chair, the Department of Surgery at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University – April 2002- August 22, 2008. He is Board Certified in General Surgery, and recertified in 2000 and 2010. He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, receiving a MB, BS degree in 1972. A residency in Surgery was completed at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City in 1979.

Dr. Cunningham held a number of appointments:
Assistant Director, Department of Surgery, Joint Disease North General Hospital, New York, 1979-1981.
Attending surgeon, Bertie County Memorial Hospital, Windsor, North Carolina, 1981-1984
Attending surgeon Pitt County Memorial Hospital, 1984-2002.
Professor of Surgery, East Carolina University, 1993-2002.
Throughout his career, he has held several positions, including Chief of Staff, Pitt County Memorial Hospital, 1991-1992.
He has held several local, regional and national leadership positions, including President of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma in 2000. He is currently a Governor of the American College of Surgeons.

Since the inception of his career in 1979, he has published articles on renal transplantation, trauma and bariatric surgery. Dr. Cunningham continues to be active in all aspects of Clinical and Academic General Surgery. He has a current focus in the areas of Trauma and Bariatric Surgery. He is also interested in the application of computer technologies for the benefit of patient care. This has included work with automated collision notification, as well as clinical information database development. Dr. Cunningham has a specific interest in the mentoring and career development of minority students in surgery.

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