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Nurse to Speak About Resiliency at 2022 Sischy Lecture

Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, MSN, FAAN, presents “Keeping Wellness and Resilience Relevant while Riding the Waves of Our New Normals”

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, MSN, FAAN, presents “Keeping Wellness and Resilience Relevant while Riding

Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, MSN, FAAN, will deliver the 2022 Sischy Lecture on Monday, October 17 at 6 p.m. at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue, Rochester, New York. His talk, “Keeping Wellness and Resilience Relevant while Riding the Waves of Our New Normals,” focuses on well-being support for physicians and staff in healthcare settings.

Cunningham is the Vice President of Practice and Innovation at Emory Healthcare where he also holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing at Emory University. Tim is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. His publications focus on compassion and wellness. Tim’s co-authored textbook, Self-Care for New and Student Nurses challenges the way healthcare providers approach the critical practices of caring for themselves so that they may care for others.

It was his time working in a pediatric ward in pre-earthquake Haiti as a clown with Clowns without Borders that initially inspired Cunningham to become a nurse. He graduated from the Clinical Nurse Leader program at the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2009 and then worked as an emergency/trauma nurse at UVA Health, Children’s National Medical Center, and New York Presbyterian, Cornell. He has worked internationally as a clinician in post-earthquake Haiti; Sierra Leone, during the Ebola outbreak with the organization, Partners in Health; and also with refugees in Bangladesh.

Cunningham completed his Doctorate of Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. His dissertation focused on psychosocial support of expatriate Ebola aid workers in West Africa, with an emphasis on Narrative Medicine. In 2016, He joined the faculty at the University of Virginia with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing and Department of Drama.

The Ben Sischy, M.D., Visiting Scholar in Humane Medicine Lecture was created in 1991 as a tribute to Dr. Ben Sischy who helped establish the department of Radiation Oncology at Highland Hospital and was chief of the program for many years. His career was based on his beliefs in the importance of quality patient care, innovative research, and dedicated treatment. He is credited with pioneering many new approaches to cancer treatment in a community hospital setting.

The lecture is free and open to the public. To register, go to For more information, contact Brooke Whowell at 585-276-4716.

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