Christopher Cunniff, MD

Christopher Cunniff, MD Specialties: Clinical Genetics and Genomics (MD)

Christopher Cunniff, MD
Specialties: Clinical Genetics and Genomics (MD)
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New York, NY 10021

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  • Aetna - NYP
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthplus
  • GHI
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare

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About Christopher Cunniff, MD

Dr. Cunniff is the Chief of Medical Genetics at Weill Cornell Medicine, where he is a professor of pediatrics. He is also an attending pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital and NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

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 served in various leadership roles nationally, including 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. He is 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.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital


  • Abnormal Chromosomal and Genetic Finding on Antenatal Screening of Mother

  • Abnormal Genetic Test

  • Abnormal Genetic Test During Pregnancy

  • Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry Requiring Population-Specific Genetic Screening

  • Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry Requiring Population-Specific Screening For Genetic Disorder

  • Autism - Genetics

  • Birth Defect

  • Chromosomal Abnormality

  • Family History of Genetic Disease

  • Family History of Genetic Disease Carrier

  • Family History of Genetic Disorder

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

  • Genetic Counseling and Testing

  • Genetic Disease

  • Genetic Disorder

  • Human Genetics

  • Teratology


  • Fellowship: University of California San Diego Medical Center
  • Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Residency: Fletcher Allen Health Care - University of Vermont

Board Certifications

  • Clinical Genetics and Genomics (MD)
  • Pediatrics