Christopher Cunniff, M.D.
Clinical Genetics (MD)
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Christopher Cunniff, M.D.

Clinical Genetics (MD)

Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English, Spanish
Insurance: 34 accepted  View

Locations and Appointments

Credentials

Specialties

  • Medical Genetics
  • Clinical Genetics
  • Pediatric Genetics

Expertise

  • Genetic Disorder
  • Chromosomal Abnormality
  • Birth Defect
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Teratology
  • Human Genetics
  • Autism - Genetics
  • Genetic Disease
  • Genetic Counseling and Testing
  • Family History of Genetic Disorder
  • Family History of Genetic Disease Carrier
  • Family History of Genetic Disease
  • Abnormal Genetic Test During Pregnancy
  • Abnormal Genetic Test
  • Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry Requiring Population-Specific Screening For Genetic Disorder
  • Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry Requiring Population-Specific Genetic Screening
  • Abnormal Chromosomal and Genetic Finding on Antenatal Screening of Mother

Qualifications

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Clinical Genetics (MD)

Clinical & Academic Positions

  • Attending Pediatrician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Pediatrics - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.D., University of Alabama School of Medicine, 1984
  • B.A., University of Alabama, 1980

Research

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Personal Statement

Dr. Cunniff welcomes the opportunity to work with patients, families and referring physicians to diagnose and treat children and young adults with genetic and non-genetic syndromes, particularly those associated with birth defects and developmental disabilities.  He likes to educate and empower patients and families with rare disorders to be effective advocates for their medical care.  He recognizes that patients with these conditions often require medical treatment from multiple specialty physicians, and he strives to connect them with an effective team of providers.

Biography

Dr. Cunniff received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1984.  He completed a Pediatrics residency at the University of Vermont and a fellowship in Dysmorphology and Clinical Genetics at the University of California San Diego.  He has previously served as Division Chief of Genetics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and at the University of Arizona.
    
As a clinical geneticist, Dr. Cunniff has a longstanding interest in the care of children and young adults with chromosome abnormalities, genetic disorders, birth defects and developmental disabilities.  He has been a Principal Investigator for grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform surveillance for muscular dystrophy, Fetal Alcohol syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability, and he has published extensively on these disorders.
    
Dr. Cunniff has assumed national leadership roles in genetics.  He has served as the Chairperson of the Committee on Genetics of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Secretary of the American College of Medical Genetics and as President of the American Board of Medical Genetics.
   
During his career in education, Dr. Cunniff has been an advocate for education and training of medical students, residents and attending physicians.  At the University of Arizona he served as Director of Faculty Instructional Development, where he developed programs to assist fellow faculty members to be effective teachers, preceptors and mentors.  He maintains a strong interest in general and genetic specialty education, and he presents regularly on these topics.

Insurance

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - HMO
  • AETNA - PPO
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE - HMO
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare Health Plans

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

Chairperson, Committee on Genetics, American Academy of Pediatrics

Member, Board of Directors, American College of Medical Genetics

Secretary, American College of Medical Genetics

Member, Board of Directors, American Board of Medical Genetics

President, American Board of Medical Genetics

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