Patrick Cunningham, MD

Nephrology (Kidney Disease) | More

Assistant Professor of Medicine

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.

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Patrick Cunningham, MD, is a nephrologist specializing in treatment of glomerulonephritis and nephrotic syndrome. These diseases usually involve loss of protein or blood in the urine and are often caused by autoimmune diseases such as lupus, or genetic disorders such as APOL1-associated kidney diseases. In caring for patients with these problems, he performs ultrasound-guided kidney biopsies and manages immunosuppressive medications. His other clinical activities include the care of patients with kidney transplants and use of bedside renal ultrasound to aid diagnosis of kidney diseases. 

Dr. Cunningham’s research includes looking at the basic mechanisms of complement regulation in glomerular disease, the role of the immune system in acute kidney injury, and most recently how mutations in the APOL1 gene influence high blood pressure and its treatment.

Areas of Expertise

  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
  • Kidney Biopsy

Medical Education

  • Tufts University School of Medicine

Internship

  • University of Chicago Medicine

Residency

  • University of Chicago Medicine

Fellowship

  • University of Chicago Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society of Nephrology
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • BCBS PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PHCS PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1997

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology

Languages Spoken

  • English