Joseph Cunningham

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Joseph Anthony Cunningham (born c. 1910 in New York, New York; died June 3, 2009) was Chief of Pathology at St Vincent's Hospital for 33 years and founder of Cunningham Pathologists.

Cunningham attended Holy Cross College and Catholic University of America, graduating with a bachelor of arts in 1931. He went to medical school at the universities of Munich, Heidelberg and Frieburg in Germany and was certified in clinical pathology and pathological anatomy at the Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts in 1941.

He opened a private practice, Cunningham Scott and Bishop, in Birmingham in 1942. It was the first laboratory accredited by the College of American Pathologists, which he helped to establish, and survives as Cunningham Pathologists.

In 1953 Cunningham became a professor of pathology at University of Alabama School of Medicine. For most of his career he practiced at St Vincent's Hospital where he was Chief of Pathology.

Cunningham was a member of the Mountain Brook Club and St Paul's Cathedral. He has served as president of the Alabama Chapter of the American Cancer Society. He was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame in 2006. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery.


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