Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, MSN, FAAN

Co-chief Well-being Officer

Office of Well-Being

Vice President of Practice and Innovation

Emory Healthcare

Adjunct Associate Professor

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing


Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, MSN, FAAN, is the vice president of practice and innovation for Emory Healthcare and adjunct associate professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. He also serves as the Co-Chief Well-Being Officer for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Office of Well-Being (EmWELL). Cunningham joined Emory just before the pandemic and has focused the innovation aspects of his work on comprehensive and interprofessional well-being.

His research and publications focus on methods to advocate for well-being while measuring the impacts of specific wellness-related practices. Cunningham’s co-authored book, “Self-Care for New and Student Nurses” (2020), examines ways to keep well-being relevant for the individual as well as for health systems. 

Before joining Emory, Cunningham served as the director of the University of Virginia’s Compassionate Care Initiative. Clinically, his background is as an emergency/trauma nurse and he’s worked at multiple level-one trauma centers in the U.S. while also having served clinically in humanitarian crises such as the West Africa Ebola outbreak, post 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and in the ongoing humanitarian crisis on the Myanmar (Burma)/Bangladesh border.