Dr. Cunningham Receives Jacobi Medallion

Dr. Cunningham on his way to accept his award.

The Mount Sinai Alumni Association and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai awarded the prestigious Jacobi Medallion to the North Carolina Medical Society’s Immediate Past President Paul R. G. Cunningham, MD, FACS on March 15 at a gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. Given since 1952, the award honors distinguished achievement in the field of medicine or extraordinary service to the hospital, school or alumni community.

Dr. Cunningham, Dean Emeritus of the Brody School of Medicine at ECU, served as NCMS President last year. Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Cunningham is a graduate of the University of the West Indies where he received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. He completed his residency in general surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in 1979. He has held numerous appointments throughout his career, including surgeon, professor and hospital chief of staff. He served for many years as both an educator and a surgeon at ECU, Vidant Medical Center and the Bertie County Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Cunningham making his remarks after receiving the prestigious Jacobi Medallion.

“Congratulations to Dr. Cunningham, who certainly is deserving of this honor,” said NCMS CEO Robert W. Seligson. “We know firsthand and are grateful for Dr. Cunningham’s contributions to his community in Eastern Carolina and to organized medicine. We appreciate his graceful leadership and his thoughtful cultivation of future generations of physicians.”


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