Michael E. A. Cunningham


Lieutenant Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA
Research Interests:
Pediatric Cardiology
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United States Naval Academy, Bachelors of Science, Quantitative Economics, Graduated with Distinction, Class of 2001.
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Medical Doctorate, Class of 2009.


Michael E. A. Cunningham, MD is a Pediatric Cardiologist currently stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, providing clinical care for Navy, Air Force, and Army dependents in the entire Tidewater area. He came aboard NMCP in July 2016 after completing his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship in Washington D. C. at Children’s National Medical Center. His is currently the Co-Chair of the NMCP Medical Executive Committee’s Cardiac Arrest Committee. Additionally he is the Assistant Director of Medical Services, and the CME Coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics.

LCDR Cunningham was initially commissioned into the Navy Supply Corps after graduating with distinction from the Naval Academy with a bachelor’s of science in Quantitative Economics in 2001. He graduated with honors from Supply School in Athens, Georgia, in 2002 and was hand selected by Admiral Frank “Skip” Bowman for duty at the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard, in Washington D. C. There, he assisted with the financial and administrative management of a $1.3 billion annual budget for naval nuclear work. While in Washington D. C., LCDR Cunningham attended the University of Maryland at night to complete his prerequisite requirements to attend medical school.

Dr. Cunningham matriculated to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2005, and graduated in 2009. While at USUHS, he became a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his Pediatric Internship in 2010, and graduated from Pediatric Residency in 2012 from the National Capital Consortium at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to starting pediatric cardiology fellowship in 2013, Dr. Cunningham served on the outpatient pediatric clinical staff, as well as one of the initial pediatric hospitalists for the inpatient ward. Additionally, he served as the assistant pediatric 3rd year clerkship director at USUHS, helping transition the university to the new academic curriculum.

While in fellowship, LCDR Cunningham was actively involved in resident education, helping formulate a night float curriculum for the residents and participating in the formulation of an interactive cardiology lecture series. Additionally, he participated in weekly departmental process improvement meetings, reviewing systematic issues involving pediatric cardiology patients.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Pediatric Cardiology Attending, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, 2016-present

General Pediatrician and Assistant Site Director, National Capital Area, Pediatric 3rd Year Clerkship; WRNMMC and USUHS, July 2012-June 2013

Cunningham M, Guardiani E, Kim HJ, Brook I. Otitis media. Future Microbiology. 2012; 7 (6): 733-53.

Cunningham M, Georgekutty J, Grant E, Kanter J, Nair A. Image illustrator for the handbook. In: Jones M, Klugman D, Fitzgerald R, Kohr L, Berger J, Costello J, Bronicki R. Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Handbook. Washington DC, DC: Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Books, LLC; 2015.

Cunningham ME, Berger JT. Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertensive Crisis Medications: A Stepping Stone for the Future. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: a Journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies. 2016; 17 (5); 465-6.

Cunningham ME, Donofrio MT, Peer SM, Zurakowski D, Jonas R, Sinha P. Influence of Age and Weight on Technical Repair of Tetralogy of Fallot. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2016; 102(3); 864-9.

Clark B, Cunningham M, Sinha P, Kanter J, Donofrio M. Anomalous Origin of the Left Coronary Artery: Late Pediatric Presentation of a Rare Disease. Open Journal of Clinical and Medical Case Reports. 2016; 2 (10); 1119.

Cunningham M, Burns K. Index of Suspicion: Hypotonia, Respiratory Distress, and Cardiomegaly in a 3-Month-Old Boy. Pediatrics in Review. 2017; 38(4); 184-185.

Cunningham ME, Donofrio MT, Peer SM, Zurakowski D, Jonas R, Sinha P. Optimal Timing for Elective Early Primary Repair of Tetralogy of Fallot- Analysis of

Cunningham M, Doroshow D, Olivieri L, Moak M. Junctional Ectopic Tachycardia Secondary to Myocarditis Associated with Sudden Cardiac Arrest. HeartRhythm Case Reports. 2017; 2(3); 124-8.