Melody Cunningham, MD, FAAHPM
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose
PHS 398 (Rev. 9/04), Biographical Sketch Format Page

HPM Fellowship Director              Cunningham, Melody J.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

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NAME

Melody J. Cunningham

POSITION TITLE

Director, Pediatric Palliative Care

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

 

 

eRA COMMONS USER NAME

mcunningham

 

EDUCATION/TRAINING  (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, and include postdoctoral training.)

INSTITUTION AND LOCATION

DEGREE

(if applicable)

YEAR(s)

FIELD OF STUDY

University of Connecticut

 

1976-1978

Nursing

Wellesley College

BA

1985-1988

English

University of Massachusetts Medical School

MD

1990-1994

Medicine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


HPM Fellowship Director              Cunningham, Melody J.

 

A.                Personal Statement/Bio

As a pediatric hematologist/oncologist, palliative care physician and member of our Systems and Hospital Ethics Committees, I am uniquely poised to see multi-faceted aspects of clinical care and the complexities that often arise in palliative care.  I developed the clinical program at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital from its nascent phase 10 years ago and the program has grown tremendously in terms of volume of patients served the breadth of the Interdisciplinary Team.  I am a Full Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director of Pediatric Palliative Care at the University of Tennessee and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Additionally, I was Associate Fellowship Director for the first two years of our ACGME accredited fellowship and three years ago became Fellowship Director.  Since taking over the fellowship we have matched exceedingly well and been able to increase our fellow compliment from 4 to 5 annual fellows. My clinical productivity has been well above expectations this past year as the service has expanded its scope.  I have been invited to speak nationally and internationally on palliative care and continue to produce peer-reviewed manuscripts. I was invited as an expert panel member for the New England Journal of Medicine Resident 360 online forum and subsequently was invited to be the panel member to write a blog about Delivering Bad News presently in press. My research interests are in the areas of bereavement and communication in palliative care.  My reputation for expertise in Palliative Medicine program development has been noted by the system and I have been invited to take a leadership role in helping the Methodist University hospital build a first-rate and sustainable Palliative Care Program.  I was named one of just 6 Finalists for The Schwartz Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award and the National Public Radio Kind World Series, She Remembers it All, in which I was featured won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence. 

 

B.                            Positions and Honors.

 

Positions and Employment

1994-1995                    Intern in Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA

1995-1997                    Resident in Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical Center

1997-1998                    Chief Resident in Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical Center

1998-2001              Fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children's Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

2001-2002                    Fellow in Transfusion Medicine, Harvard Joint Program in Transfusion Medicine, Boston, MA

2002-2006                            Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

2002-2006                            Medical Director, Thalassemia Program, Boston Children’s Hospital

2006-2008                            Assistant Member, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

2006-2008                            Medical Director, Thalassemia Program, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

2006-2008                            Medical Director, Bone Marrow Failure Program, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

2008-2009                 Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

2009-                            Division Chief, Pediatric Palliative Care, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

2009-2017                            Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of TN College of Medicine

2014-2015                            Associate Program Director, University of TN Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

2015-                            Program Director, University of TN Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

2017-                            Professor of Pediatrics, University of TN College of Medicine

 

Honors/Awards:

1988              Magna cum laude, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Ma

1991              Worcester District Medical Society Wilder Award—for involvement in community service

1992-1993     Joseph Collins Foundation Scholarship—awarded to medical students with interest in the arts

1993              Society for Pediatric Research Scholarship—Stem Cell Research, UCSF

1994              Senior Scholar

1994              New England Pediatric Society Award

1994              Merck Manual Award

1994                            American Medical Women’s Association Award

2003                            American Society of Hematology Clinical Research Training Institute

2006                                              Nominee, Harvard Medical School Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Years 1 & 2)                               

2007                                            Le Bonheur Resident St. Jude Faculty Teaching Award             

2015                                            Finalist, Schwartz Center National Caregiver of the Year Award

2016                                          Power of One, Threads of Care, Palliative Care Team, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

2016                                          Excellence in Clinical Service Faculty Award, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

2016              National Edward R. Murrow Feature Report Award, National Public Radio Kind World Series, She Remembers it All