William Cunningham DO, MHA is currently the Assistant Dean for West Michigan, Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. He oversees the clinical clerkships for six hospital sites in West Michigan in addition to his faculty responsibilities at Michigan State University. He was appointed in August 2015 as the Interim Director of the Institute of International Health at Michigan State University. His role as the Director of IIH is to advocate on the behalf of the students and faculty of the health related colleges (4) on global health issues. In addition, IIH sponsors study abroad undergraduate and medical student programs in eight countries on four continents. Dr. Cunningham serves as a representative for the College of Osteopathic Medicine on the University Curriculum Committee. He is also a member of the Osteopathic College curriculum committee and admissions committee.
Prior to accepting this academic position in January of 2011, Dr. Cunningham served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for fourteen years at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In this role he developed programs and relationships that led to Metro Health’s designation as a nationally recognized Top 100 Hospital three consecutive years. He led the development of the first employed practice management organization for the system and chaired the medical staff development team during his tenure. Dr. Cunningham continues to serve Metro Health Hospital in the capacity of Executive Vice President/Systems Development.
Dr. Cunningham is a graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He interned at Brentwood/ Cleveland Clinic Hospital system and graduated from the Emergency Medicine residency program at Akron General Medical Center where he was Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine. He completed a Masters in Health Administration in 1992 from the school of business at University of Colorado/Denver. In 2007 Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine conferred on Dr. Cunningham its highest distinction – the Patenge Medal of Public Service for lifetime achievement to the College and his community service. He was awarded in 2011 the Metro Health Legacy of Leaders award by the medical staff for his twenty two years of service to the hospital, medical staff, patients and the community. In 2013 the Michigan Hospital Association honored Dr. Cunningham at their annual meeting with the Healthcare Leadership Award for contributions to the community and to health care in the State of Michigan.
He continues to represent Metro Health on several area Board of Directors. He was appointed by Governor Granholm and reappointed by the current Governor Snyder to serve as a member of the licensing Board of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, State of Michigan. He is currently a Fellow in the Federation of State Medical Boards. He is active at the national level for the American Osteopathic Association, serving on the Bureau of Socioeconomic Affairs, Bureau of Education, and chairs the Bureau of Hospitals. He has an appointment as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He continues to practice clinically in occupational medicine as well as committing to overseas mission trips. He also volunteers as the Director for Project C.U.R.E. (www.projectcure.org), an international humanitarian relief organization that sends donated medical equipment to over 130 countries around the globe.
William Cunningham can be reached by phone: (517)884-3789 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.