Undergraduate Degree

  • Colby College , 2002 , Waterville , ME

Medical School

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry , 2006 , Rochester , NY


  • Yale University School of Medicine , 2007 , New Haven , CT


  • Yale University School of Medicine , 2009 , New Haven , CT


Neonatology, Bioethics Track
  • Yale University School of Medicine , 2012 , New Haven , CT


Medical Ethics
  • Harvard Medical School , 2013 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

In the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) our philosophy is to ensure that every patient receives the best care for the best possible outcomes. We consider our “patient” to be the baby and the family; we are constantly striving to serve the needs of both. This requires a team-based approach with all members being essential, particularly the family. Through clear and compassionate communication, I aim to ensure families are not only well informed, but also understood.


  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Sullivan A, Cummings C. Historical Perspectives: Shared Decision Making in the NICU. Neoreviews. 2020 04; 21(4):e217-e225. View abstract
  2. Soffer OD, Cornelissen L, Cummings C, Berde C. Morphine compared to placebo for procedural pain in preterm infants: safety, efficacy and equipoise. J Perinatol. 2019 10; 39(10):1428-1431. View abstract
  3. Pyle AK, Shabanova V, Cleary MA, Ozgediz D, Cummings CL, Kamin DS, Mercurio MR. Variable management strategies for NEC totalis: a national survey. J Perinatol. 2019 11; 39(11):1521-1527. View abstract
  4. Arzuaga BH, Cummings CL. Deliveries at extreme prematurity: outcomes, approaches, institutional variation, and uncertainty. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2019 04; 31(2):182-187. View abstract
  5. Arzuaga BH, Wraight CL, Cummings CL, Mao W, Miedema D, Brodsky DD. Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders in the Neonatal ICU: Experiences and Beliefs Among Staff. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2018 07; 19(7):635-642. View abstract
  6. Cummings CL, Geis GM, Feldman HA, Berson ER, Kesselheim JC. Assessing Ethics Knowledge: Development of a Test of Ethics Knowledge in Neonatology. J Pediatr. 2018 08; 199:57-64. View abstract
  7. Cummings CL. Hope, Fantasy, and Communication in the ICU: Translating Frameworks into Clinical Practice. Am J Bioeth. 2018 01; 18(1):21-23. View abstract
  8. Blumenthal-Barby JS, Loftis L, Cummings CL, Meadow W, Lemmon M, Ubel PA, McCullough L, Rao E, Lantos JD. Should Neonatologists Give Opinions Withdrawing Life-sustaining Treatment? Pediatrics. 2016 12; 138(6). View abstract
  9. Cummings CL. On Being Fired: When Patients or Their Parents Fire Their Physician. Hastings Cent Rep. 2016 09; 46(5):3-4. View abstract
  10. Arzuaga BH, Cummings CL. Practices and education surrounding anticipated periviable deliveries among neonatal-perinatal medicine and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship programs. J Perinatol. 2016 09; 36(9):699-703. View abstract
  11. Cummings CL. Teaching and assessing ethics in the newborn ICU. Semin Perinatol. 2016 06; 40(4):261-9. View abstract
  12. Langer T, Cummings CL, Meyer EC. When worlds intersect: practical and ethical challenges when caring for international patients in the NICU. J Perinatol. 2015 Dec; 35(12):982-4. View abstract
  13. Cummings CL, Geis GM, Kesselheim JC, Sayeed S. Ethics and professionalism education during neonatal-perinatal fellowship training in the United States. J Perinatol. 2015 Oct; 35(10):875-9. View abstract
  14. Cummings CL, Diefenbach KA, Mercurio MR. Counselling variation among physicians regarding intestinal transplant for short bowel syndrome. J Med Ethics. 2014 Oct; 40(10):665-70. View abstract
  15. Cummings CL. Patient and trainee: learning when to step in. Hastings Cent Rep. 2013 Jul-Aug; 43(4):5-6. View abstract
  16. Cummings CL. Communication in the era of COWs: technology and the physician-patient-parent relationship. Pediatrics. 2013 Mar; 131(3):401-3. View abstract
  17. Cummings CL, Mercurio MR. Ethics of emerging technologies and their transition to accepted practice: intestinal transplant for short bowel syndrome. J Perinatol. 2012 Oct; 32(10):752-6. View abstract
  18. Cummings CL. Expectations. Hastings Cent Rep. 2012 Mar-Apr; 42(2):8-9. View abstract
  19. Gozzo YF, Cummings CL, Chapman RL, Bizzarro MJ, Mercurio MR. Who is performing medical procedures in the neonatal intensive care unit? J Perinatol. 2011 Mar; 31(3):206-11. View abstract
  20. Cummings CL, Mercurio MR. Ethics for the pediatrician: autonomy, beneficence, and rights. Pediatr Rev. 2010 Jun; 31(6):252-5. View abstract