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Patrick Cunningham, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Patrick Cunningham is a nephrologist specializing in treatment of glomeronephritis 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.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine

Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine

Internship, Residency and Fellowship

The University of Chicago Medicine


American Society of Nephrology
American Society of Transplantation
National Kidney Foundation

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 702-9908

Office Fax

(773) 702-5818

Office Postal Address

Patrick Cunningham, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 5100
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome
  • Kidney biopsy

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Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Cunningham's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.