Faculty Profile

Patrick Cunningham
Section of Nephrology
Associate Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730

Academic Interests

Dr. Patrick Cunningham is a clinical nephrologist who plays a significant role in education, patient care and clinical research in the Section of Nephrology. Dr. Cunningham has developed the first renal ultrasound program at the University of Chicago. This program involves performing renal ultrasound at the time of kidney biopsy as well as fellow training in acquiring renal images of both native and transplant kidneys in the outpatient clinic. He is actively involved in the fellowship training program, helping with the fellows continuity clinic, with a focus on renal ultrasound as well as teaching at the point of care on all renal inpatient services. Dr. Cunningham works closely with the Rheumatology section participating in a multidisciplinary clinic seeing patients who have developed cancer or cancer therapy related glomerulonephritis, SLE, APOL1 related glomerulopathies and other forms of primary glomerulonephritis. Dr. Cunningham is also trained in transplant nephrology and plays a key role in post-transplant patient care, transplant related kidney biopsies, and inpatient transplant patient care. He is currently a Junior Bucksbaum scholar investigating the role of patient attitudes in the African American community toward living donor transplantation and the potential role of APOL1 genetic background. He is responsible for the development of the fellow renal ultrasonography program and delivers care to patients in the ICU, consult and ESRD services. Given Dr. Cunningham’s interest in genetics and renal transplantation, he is a member of the Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics at the University of Chicago.

Clinical Interests

Transplant nephrology, glomerulonephritis, genetics and kidney disease, renal ultrasonography.


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  • BS, 1990, University of Notre Dame, Chemistry
  • MD, 1994, Tufts University
  • Residency, 1997, The University of Chicago, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 2001, The University of Chicago, Nephrology