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Tim Cunningham

Co-Chief Well-Being Officer
Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Center

Dr. Tim Cunningham is Co-Chief Well-Being Officer at Emory Healthcare and the Woodruff Health
Sciences Center at Emory University. He holds a joint appointment as adjunct associate professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory, and serves as Vice President of Practice and Innovation for Emory Healthcare. He collaborates with interprofessional teams to support structural and systemic well-being change for healthcare teams and professionals, university staff and faculty, researchers, learners, and community members. His clinical background is emergency nursing and his publications, including two books on nurse well-being and a children’s book on resilience, discuss ways as to how we can practice compassion in the most challenging of settings.

Cunningham’s first passion was in the performing arts—theatre, clown, dance and acrobatics. He
worked as an actor for nearly a decade in various regional theatres in the U.S. and internationally. It was because of those experiences he began work with Clowns Without Borders in 2003. A small non-profit organization, Clowns Without Borders sends professional artists into war zones, refugee camps and other zones of crisis with the simple mission of catalyzing laughter and playfulness. Tim has performedin more than 20 countries with the clowns, he has served as Executive Director of Clowns Without Borders and now serves as Board President. was working in a pediatric ward in pre-earthquake Haiti that inspired Tim to study nursing.

He graduated from the Clinical Nurse Leader program at the University of Virginia in 2009 and then worked an emergency/trauma nurse at the UVA Health, Children’s National Medical Center and New York Presbyterian, Cornell. Tim completed his Doctorate of Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University in 2016. His dissertation focused on psychosocial support of expatriate Ebola aid workers in West Africa, with an emphasis on Narrative Medicine.

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