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William Cunningham, MD, MPH

Core Scientist, Combination Prevention Core


William E. Cunningham MD, MPH, is a Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Geffen School of Medicine and in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA.  He received his MD from UCSF School of Medicine in 1982, training in health services research through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and received his MPH degree in epidemiology both completed at UCLA in 1993 when he joined the UCLA faculty.  He is a national leader in studies designed to improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum, emphasizing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities, among vulnerable populations living with, or at-risk of, HIV. His current and recent research roles include being PI of several NIH projects, including: a NIDA-funded R-01 RCT study of a peer navigation intervention to improve linkage to and retention in HIV care and viral suppression (VS) for HIV+ men and transgender women released from Los Angeles County Jail (LACJ); a NIMH-funded R-01 for a 2×2 factorial RCT study of contingency management and peer navigation interventions designed to improve retention in HIV care, adherence to ART, and VS for HIV+ men and women out of care from safety-net providers; a NIMHD-funded R-01 RCT study of a youth services navigation and cell-phone incentive adherence intervention to improve linkage, retention in HIV care, ART adherence, and VS for HIV+ young MSM and transgender women released from Los Angeles County Jail (LACJ); and a recently completed, NIMH-funded R-34 pilot study of a culturally sensitive peer navigation intervention to improve retention in HIV care, adherence to ART, and VS among HIV+ Latino MSM out of care from safety-net providers.

Dr. Cunningham has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed papers, many of which address these topics and more.  He has extensive experience with leadership, teaching and mentoring as Professor jointly appointed in Medicine and Public Health, where he teaches graduate-level courses on racial disparities and health, health services organization, and outcomes and effectiveness research. His responsibilities also include being Co-director of the CTSI TL1 Education Core, Co-director of the Investigator Development Core for the NIA-funded Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), Director of the Training Core for the NCMHD-funded project Export, and Associate Director of the Robert Wood Johnson National Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA.

Contact: wcunningham@mednet.ucla.edu