Research Overview

Dr. Cunningham is a graduate of Princeton University (1977) and the Rochester University School of Medicine (1981).  He completed pediatrics training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Otolaryngology training at the University of Pittsburgh.  He has practiced as a pediatric otolaryngologist since 1989, for many years at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and more recently at the Boston Children’s Hospital where he is currently Otolaryngologist-in-Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement and Professor of Otology and Laryngology at the Harvard Medical School.

He is the previous Director of the Harvard Residency Program in Otolaryngology, and presently serves as a member of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education committee responsible for overseeing otolaryngology residency and fellowship training in the United States.

He has played an active role in many professional societies, most notable as a past president of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Surgery Advisory Panel.

In addition to graduate medical education, his principal clinical/research interests are congenital and neoplastic head & neck masses and pediatric sinus disease.

Publications

Shin JJ, Page JH, Shapiro J, Gray ST, Cunningham MJ. Validation of a clinical practice ability instrument for surgical training. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010; 142:493-499.

Cunningham MJ, Lin AA.  Pediatric otolaryngology: The maturation of a surgical subspecialty.  (Triologic Society Candidate Thesis)  Laryngoscope. 2011; 121: 194-201.

Cunningham MJ, Baig S. Otolaryngology education in family medicine and communication sciences training. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2011; 137:984-988.

Sedaghat AR, Phipatanakul W, Cunningham MJ.  Atopy and the development of chronic rhinosinusitis in children with allergic rhinitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2013; 1:689-691.e2. PMD: 24349965.

Sedaghat AR, Phipatanakul W, Cunningham MJ.  Prevalence of and associations with allergic rhinitis in children with chronic rhinosinusitis.  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2014;78:343-347.

Sedaghat AR, Cunningham MJ, Ishman SL. Regional and socioeconomic disparities in emergency department use of radiographic imaging for acute pediatric sinusitis. American J Rhinol Allergy. 2014; 28:23-28.

Sedaghat AR, Cunningham MJ.  Does balloon catheter sinuplasty have a role in the surgical management of pediatric sinus disease?  Laryngoscope 2011; 121:2053-2054.

Whittemore KR Jr, Cunningham MJ.  Malignant tumors of the head and neck. In: Bluestone CB, Simons JP, Healy GB, editors. Pediatric Otolaryngology. Fifth edition. People’s Medical Publishing House – USA, Shelton, CT, 2014. 

Shin J, Cunningham MJ, Editors.  Otolaryngology: Prep and Practice. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing, San Diego, CA, 2013.

Cunningham, MJ.  Contemporary management of congenital head and neck masses. Comprehensive Review of Endocrine and Head and Neck Surgery.  DT Ruan, N Bhattacharyya, directors. CME info. Oakstone Publishing LLC, Birmingham AL, 2013.   

Researcher Services

Researcher Areas

  • Congenital and Neoplastic Head and Neck Masses
  • Pediatric Sinus Disease

Research Departments

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Haworth ES, Cunningham MJ, Calf Tjorve KM. Population diversity and relatedness in Sugarbirds (Promeropidae: Promerops spp.). PeerJ. 2018; 6:e5000. View abstract
  2. Jabbour J, Doerfer KW, Robey T, Cunningham MJ. Trends in Pediatric Otolaryngology Disparities Research. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Jul; 159(1):173-177. View abstract
  3. Irace AL, Shank C, Adil EA, Cunningham MJ, Kawai K, Sideridis G, Rahbar R. Changes in Scope of Procedures Performed by Pediatric Otolaryngologists in the Past Decade. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Apr 01; 144(4):322-329. View abstract
  4. Adil EA, Medina G, Cunningham MJ. Differentiating Tonsil Cancer from Benign Tonsillar Hypertrophy. J Pediatr. 2018 Jun; 197:309-309.e1. View abstract
  5. Adil EA, Medina G, Cunningham MJ. Pediatric Tonsil Cancer: A National and Institutional Perspective. J Pediatr. 2018 Jun; 197:255-261.e1. View abstract
  6. Kenna MA, Irace AL, Strychowsky JE, Kawai K, Barrett D, Manganella J, Cunningham MJ. Otolaryngologic Manifestations of Klippel-Feil Syndrome in Children. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Mar 01; 144(3):238-243. View abstract
  7. Stobie CS, Oosthuizen CJ, Cunningham MJ, Bloomer P. Exploring the phylogeography of a hexaploid freshwater fish by RAD sequencing. Ecol Evol. 2018 Feb; 8(4):2326-2342. View abstract
  8. Jabbour J, Robey T, Cunningham MJ. Healthcare disparities in pediatric otolaryngology: A systematic review. Laryngoscope. 2017 Nov 20. View abstract
  9. Lehmann AE, Kozin ED, Sethi RKV, Wong K, Lin BM, Gray ST, Cunningham MJ. Resident responses to after-hours otolaryngology patient phone calls: An overlooked aspect of residency training? Laryngoscope. 2018 May; 128(5):E163-E170. View abstract
  10. Bergmark RW, Ishman SL, Phillips KM, Cunningham MJ, Sedaghat AR. Emergency department use for acute rhinosinusitis: Insurance dependent for children and adults. Laryngoscope. 2018 Feb; 128(2):299-303. View abstract
  11. Cunningham MJ. Posttonsillectomy Hemorrhage in the Ibuprofen Era: Not Just How Frequent but How Much. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jul 01; 143(7):649-650. View abstract
  12. Hobson JG, Cunningham MJ, Lesiak K, Lester EB, Tegeder AR, Zeeck E, Hugh JM, Lin JH. Isotretinoin Monitoring Trends: A National Survey of Dermatologists. J Drugs Dermatol. 2017 Jun 01; 16(6):557-564. View abstract
  13. Maswanganye KA, Cunningham MJ, Bennett NC, Chimimba CT, Bloomer P. Life on the rocks: Multilocus phylogeography of rock hyrax (Procavia capensis) from southern Africa. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2017 09; 114:49-62. View abstract
  14. Puram SV, Doody J, Cunningham MJ. A Young Boy With Progressive Dysphonia. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Mar 01; 143(3):313-314. View abstract
  15. Wolter NE, Siegele B, Cunningham MJ. Cystic cervical teratoma: A diagnostic and management challenge. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Apr; 95:97-100. View abstract
  16. Gantwerker EA, Bannos C, Cunningham MJ, Rahbar R. Surgical scheduling categorization system (SSCS): A novel classification system to improve coordination and scheduling of operative cases in a tertiary pediatric medical system. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Jan; 92:156-160. View abstract
  17. Adil EA, Kawai K, Dombrowski N, Irace AL, Cunningham MJ. Nasal versus tracheobronchial biopsies to diagnose primary ciliary dyskinesia: A meta-analysis. Laryngoscope. 2017 01; 127(1):6-13. View abstract
  18. Shin JJ, Cunningham MJ, Emerick KG, Gray ST. Measuring Nontechnical Aspects of Surgical Clinician Development in an Otolaryngology Residency Training Program. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 05 01; 142(5):423-8. View abstract
  19. McLaughlin EJ, Cunningham MJ, Kazahaya K, Hsing J, Kawai K, Adil EA. Endoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation-Assisted Resection of Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma: Comparison with Traditional Endoscopic Technique. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 06; 154(6):1145-8. View abstract
  20. Brodsky JR, Cunningham MJ. Letter to the Editor regarding "Tonsillectomy versus Tonsillotomy: A Study of Parental Preference". Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Oct; 79(10):1788-9. View abstract
  21. Bergmark RW, Ishman SL, Scangas GA, Cunningham MJ, Sedaghat AR. Insurance status and quality of outpatient care for uncomplicated acute rhinosinusitis. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Jun; 141(6):505-11. View abstract
  22. Bergmark RW, Ishman SL, Scangas GA, Cunningham MJ, Sedaghat AR. Socioeconomic determinants of overnight and weekend emergency department use for acute rhinosinusitis. Laryngoscope. 2015 Nov; 125(11):2441-6. View abstract
  23. Scangas GA, Ishman SL, Bergmark RW, Cunningham MJ, Sedaghat AR. Emergency department presentation for uncomplicated acute rhinosinusitis is associated with poor access to healthcare. Laryngoscope. 2015 Oct; 125(10):2253-8. View abstract
  24. Brigger MT, Cunningham MJ. Malignant cervical masses in children. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2015 Feb; 48(1):59-77. View abstract
  25. Lennon P, Silvera VM, Perez-Atayde A, Cunningham MJ, Rahbar R. Disorders and tumors of the salivary glands in children. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2015 Feb; 48(1):153-73. View abstract
  26. Wang JC, Hamood AN, Saadeh C, Cunningham MJ, Yim MT, Cordero J. Strategies to prevent biofilm-based tympanostomy tube infections. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2014 Sep; 78(9):1433-8. View abstract
  27. Sedaghat AR, Cunningham MJ, Ishman SL. Regional and socioeconomic disparities in emergency department use of radiographic imaging for acute pediatric sinusitis. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2014 Jan-Feb; 28(1):23-8. View abstract
  28. Sedaghat AR, Phipatanakul W, Cunningham MJ. Characterization of aeroallergen sensitivities in children with allergic rhinitis and chronic rhinosinusitis. Allergy Rhinol (Providence). 2014 Jan; 5(3):143-5. View abstract
  29. Sedaghat AR, Phipatanakul W, Cunningham MJ. Prevalence of and associations with allergic rhinitis in children with chronic rhinosinusitis. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2014 Feb; 78(2):343-7. View abstract
  30. Sedaghat AR, Wilke CO, Cunningham MJ, Ishman SL. Socioeconomic disparities in the presentation of acute bacterial sinusitis complications in children. Laryngoscope. 2014 Jul; 124(7):1700-6. View abstract
  31. Sedaghat AR, Phipatanakul W, Cunningham MJ. Atopy and the Development of Chronic Rhinosinusitis in Children with Allergic Rhinitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2013 Nov 01; 6(1):689-691.e2. View abstract
  32. Sedaghat AR, Cunningham MJ, Busaba NY. Connexin 32 and 43 mutations: do they play a role in chronic rhinosinusitis? Am J Otolaryngol. 2014 Jan-Feb; 35(1):33-6. View abstract
  33. Sedaghat AR, Phipatanakul W, Cunningham MJ. Atopy and the development of chronic rhinosinusitis in children with allergic rhinitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2013 Nov-Dec; 1(6):689-91.e1-2. View abstract
  34. Colello SS, Cunningham MJ, Robson CD, Teot LA. Radiology quiz case 1. Diagnosis: congenital cervical teratoma. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Jun; 139(6):643-5. View abstract
  35. Intlekofer KA, Berchtold NC, Malvaez M, Carlos AJ, McQuown SC, Cunningham MJ, Wood MA, Cotman CW. Exercise and sodium butyrate transform a subthreshold learning event into long-term memory via a brain-derived neurotrophic factor-dependent mechanism. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2013 Sep; 38(10):2027-34. View abstract
  36. Sedaghat AR, Busaba NY, Cunningham MJ, Kieff DA. Clinical assessment is an accurate predictor of which patients will need septoplasty. Laryngoscope. 2013 Jan; 123(1):48-52. View abstract
  37. Kakarala K, Faquin WC, Cunningham MJ. Radiofrequency volumetric tissue reduction of the inferior turbinate in a sheep model. Laryngoscope. 2012 Apr; 122(4):724-9. View abstract
  38. Wuthrich VM, Rapee RM, Cunningham MJ, Lyneham HJ, Hudson JL, Schniering CA. A randomized controlled trial of the Cool Teens CD-ROM computerized program for adolescent anxiety. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2012 Mar; 51(3):261-70. View abstract
  39. Dwojak SM, Hunt JL, Cunningham MJ. Pathology quiz case 3. Neuroblastoma with cervical metastases. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Jan; 138(1):99-101. View abstract
  40. Intlekofer KA, Cunningham MJ, Caplan AL. The HPV vaccine controversy. Virtual Mentor. 2012 Jan 01; 14(1):39-49. View abstract
  41. Sedaghat AR, Cunningham MJ. Does balloon catheter sinuplasty have a role in the surgical management of pediatric sinus disease? Laryngoscope. 2011 Oct; 121(10):2053-4. View abstract
  42. Baig S, Cunningham MJ. Otolaryngology education in family medicine and communication sciences training. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Oct; 137(10):984-8. View abstract
  43. Sedaghat AR, Gallagher TQ, Sadow PM, Cunnane ME, Cunningham MJ. Radiology quiz case 2. Pediatric base of tongue thyroglossal duct cyst (TGDC). Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Sep; 137(9):955, 956-7. View abstract
  44. Cunningham MJ, Lin AC. Pediatric otolaryngology: The maturation of a pediatric surgical subspecialty. Laryngoscope. 2011 Jan; 121(1):194-201. View abstract
  45. Wang JC, Cunningham MJ. Congenital dacryocystocele: is there a familial predisposition? Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Mar; 75(3):430-2. View abstract
  46. Swayamprakasam AP, Stover E, Norgett E, Blake-Palmer KG, Cunningham MJ, Karet FE. Importance of early audiologic assessment in distal renal tubular acidosis. Int Med Case Rep J. 2011; 4:7-11. View abstract
  47. Liao S, Durand ML, Cunningham MJ. Sinogenic orbital and subperiosteal abscesses: microbiology and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus incidence. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Sep; 143(3):392-6. View abstract
  48. Kakarala K, Brigger MT, Faquin WC, Hartnick CJ, Cunningham MJ. Cystic pilomatrixoma: a diagnostic challenge. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Aug; 136(8):830-3. View abstract
  49. Brigger MT, Cunningham MJ, Hartnick CJ. Dexamethasone administration and postoperative bleeding risk in children undergoing tonsillectomy. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Aug; 136(8):766-72. View abstract
  50. Jung D, Cunnane ME, Cunningham MJ. Radiology quiz case 2. Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (JNA), Radkowski grade Ib. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Jul; 136(7):741-3. View abstract
  51. Perkins JA, Manning SC, Tempero RM, Cunningham MJ, Edmonds JL, Hoffer FA, Egbert MA. Lymphatic malformations: current cellular and clinical investigations. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Jun; 142(6):789-94. View abstract
  52. Perkins JA, Manning SC, Tempero RM, Cunningham MJ, Edmonds JL, Hoffer FA, Egbert MA. Lymphatic malformations: review of current treatment. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Jun; 142(6):795-803, 803.e1. View abstract
  53. Shin JJ, Page JH, Shapiro J, Gray ST, Cunningham MJ. Validation of a clinical practice ability instrument for surgical training. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Apr; 142(4):493-9.e1. View abstract
  54. Richer SL, Yelken K, Cunningham MJ, Randolph GW, Franco RA. Hypopharyngeal pharyngoplasty for the management of piriform fossa sinus. Laryngoscope. 2010 Mar; 120(3):500-3. View abstract
  55. Benoit MM, North PE, McKenna MJ, Mihm MC, Johnson MM, Cunningham MJ. Facial nerve hemangiomas: vascular tumors or malformations? Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Jan; 142(1):108-14. View abstract
  56. Manolis EN, Filippou DK, Tsoumakas C, Diomidous M, Cunningham MJ, Katostaras T, Weber AL, Eavey RD. Radiologic evaluation of the ear anatomy in pediatric cholesteatoma. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 May; 20(3):807-10. View abstract
  57. Lin HW, O'Neill A, Cunningham MJ. Ludwig's angina in the pediatric population. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2009 Jul; 48(6):583-7. View abstract
  58. White WM, Randolph GW, Hartnick CJ, Cunningham MJ. Recurrent laryngeal nerve monitoring during thyroidectomy and related cervical procedures in the pediatric population. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Jan; 135(1):88-94. View abstract
  59. BuSaba NY, Cunningham MJ. Connexin 26 and 30 genes mutations in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis. Laryngoscope. 2008 Feb; 118(2):310-3. View abstract
  60. Nguyen HT, Faquin WC, Weinstein HJ, Cunningham MJ. Pathology quiz case 2. Diagnosis: follicular lymphoma (FL), grade 3, pediatric type. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Oct; 133(10):1063, 1065-6. View abstract
  61. Tang MH, Caruso PA, Cunningham MJ. Radiology quiz case 2. Dual ectopic subhyoid and lingual thyroids. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Sep; 133(9):941-2, 943-4. View abstract
  62. Cunningham MJ, Lin DT, Curry WT, Ebb DH, Yock TI, Curtin HD, Faquin WC. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 20-2007. An 11-year-old boy with a calcified mass in the nose. N Engl J Med. 2007 Jun 28; 356(26):2721-30. View abstract
  63. Hartnick CJ, Boseley ME, Franco RA, Cunningham MJ, Pransky S. Efficacy of treating children with anterior commissure and true vocal fold respiratory papilloma with the 585-nm pulsed-dye laser. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Feb; 133(2):127-30. View abstract
  64. Lewis CM, Caruso P, Cunningham MJ. Parapharyngeal space lymphadenopathy. Pediatr Radiol. 2007 Mar; 37(3):313-6. View abstract
  65. Cunningham MJ. Endoscopic management of pediatric nasolacrimal anomalies. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2006 Oct; 39(5):1059-74, viii-ix. View abstract
  66. Biller CK, Antonacci AC, Pelletier S, Homel P, Spann C, Cunningham MJ, Eavey RD. The 80-hour work guidelines and resident survey perceptions of quality. J Surg Res. 2006 Oct; 135(2):275-81. View abstract
  67. Boseley ME, Cunningham MJ, Volk MS, Hartnick CJ. Validation of the Pediatric Voice-Related Quality-of-Life survey. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Jul; 132(7):717-20. View abstract
  68. Lister MT, Cunningham MJ, Benjamin B, Williams M, Tirrell A, Schaumberg DA, Hartnick CJ. Microdebrider tonsillotomy vs electrosurgical tonsillectomy: a randomized, double-blind, paired control study of postoperative pain. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Jun; 132(6):599-604. View abstract
  69. Emerick KS, Cunningham MJ. Tubal tonsil hypertrophy: a cause of recurrent symptoms after adenoidectomy. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Feb; 132(2):153-6. View abstract
  70. Chien W, Faquin WC, Caruso PA, Rabinov JD, Cunningham MJ. Radiology quiz case 4. Intramuscular angioma (IMA). Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005 Nov; 131(11):1026, 1030. View abstract
  71. Evans AK, Cunningham MJ. Atypical mycobacterial cervicofacial lymphadenitis in children: a disease as old as mankind, yet a persistent challenge. Am J Otolaryngol. 2005 Sep-Oct; 26(5):337-43. View abstract
  72. Mehta RP, Faquin WC, Cunningham MJ. Cervical bronchogenic cysts: a consideration in the differential diagnosis of pediatric cervical cystic masses. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2004 May; 68(5):563-8. View abstract
  73. Cherukupally SR, Mankarious LA, Faquin W, Cunningham MJ. Pediatric non-orbital pseudotumor of the head and neck. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2003 Jun; 67(6):649-53. View abstract
  74. Fechner FP, Cunningham MJ, Eavey RD. Laser therapy for refractory myringitis in children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Sep; 127(3):163-8. View abstract