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Suzanne Cunningham - DVM, DACVIM

Suzanne Cunningham

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  • DVM - Cornell University (with Distinction) - 2003
  • BS - Cornell University (with Honors and Distinction) - 1999

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Cardiology
  1. Cunningham, S.M. 2020. Author response to letter to the editor re: Echocardiographic assessment of right ventricular systolic function in boxers with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
  2. Lew, F.H., McQuown, B., Borrego, J., Cunningham, S., Burgess, K.E. 2019. Retrospective evaluation of canine heart base tumours treated with toceranib phosphate (Palladia): 2011-2018. Veterinary and Comparative Oncology.
  3. Cunningham, S.M., Aona, B.D., Antoon, K., Rush, J.E., Barton, B.A. 2018. Echocardiographic assessment of right ventricular systolic function in Boxers with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
  4. Cunningham, S.M., Sweeney, J.T., MacGregor, J., Barton, B.A., Rush, J.E. 2018. Clinical features of English bulldogs with presumed arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy: 31 cases (2001-2013). Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.
  5. Sutherland-Smith, J., Hankin, E.J., Cunningham, S.M., Sato, A.F., Barton, B.A. 2018. Comparison of a computed tomographic pulmonary trunk to aorta diameter ratio with echocardiographic indices of pulmonary hypertension in dogs. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.
  6. Aona, B.D., Rush, J.E., Rozanski, E.A., Cunningham, S.M., Sharp, C.R., Freeman, L.M. 2017. Evaluation of echocardiography and cardiac biomarker concentrations in dogs with gastric dilatation volvulus. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
  7. Pierce, K.V., Rush, J.E., Freeman, L.M., Cunningham, S.M., Yang, V.K. 2017. Association between Survival Time and Changes in NT-proBNP in Cats Treated for Congestive Heart Failure. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  8. Yang, V.K., Cunningham, S.M., Rush, J.E., de Laforcade, A. 2016. The use of rivaroxaban for the treatment of thrombotic complications in four dogs. Journal of veterinary emergency and critical care (San Antonio, Tex. : 2001).
  9. Rush, J.E., Roderick, K.V., Freeman, L.M., Cunningham, S.M., Yang, V.K., Bulmer, B.J., Antoon, K.N. 2015. Assessment of the responsiveness of the Cats' Assessment Tool for Cardiac Health (CATCH) Questionnaire. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
  10. Freeman, L.M., Rush, J.E., Cunningham, S.M., Yang, V.K., Bulmer, B.J. 2015. Pilot study of a myostatin antagonist in dogs with cardiac cachexia. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
  11. Scansen, B.A., Simpson, E.M., López-Alvarez, J., Thomas, W.P., Bright, J.M., Eason, B.D., Rush, J.E., Dukes-Mcewan, J., Green, H.W., Cunningham, S.M., Visser, L.C., Kent, A.M., Schober, K.E. 2015. Pulmonary artery dissection in eight dogs with patent ductus arteriosus. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
  12. Yang, V.K., Nussbaum, L., Rush, J.E., Cunningham, S.M., Macgregor, J., Antoon, K.N. 2015. Congenital cardiac malformation with three-chambered right atrium and a persistent left cranial vena cava in a dog. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
  13. Fox, P.R., Oyama, M.A., Hezzell, M.J., Rush, J.E., Nguyenba, T.P., Defrancesco, T.C., Lehmkuhl, L.B., Kellihan, H.B., Bulmer, B., Gordon, S.G., Cunningham, S.M., Macgregor, J., Stepien, R.L., Lefbom, B., Adin, D., Lamb, K. 2015. Relationship of plasma N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide concentrations to heart failure classification and cause of respiratory distress in dogs using a 2nd generation ELISA assay. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  14. Mueller, M.S., Cunningham, S.M., Sato, A.F. 2014. What is your diagnosis?. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  15. Hall, D.J., Freeman, L.M., Rush, J.E., Cunningham, S.M. 2014. Comparison of serum fatty acid concentrations in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and healthy controls. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
  16. Freeman, L.M., Rush, J.E., Cunningham, S.M., Bulmer, B.J. 2014. A randomized study assessing the effect of diet in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  17. Machen, M.C., Oyama, M.A., Gordon, S.G., Rush, J.E., Achen, S.E., Stepien, R.L., Fox, P.R., Saunders, A.B., Cunningham, S.M., Lee, P.M., Kellihan, H.B. 2014. Multi-centered investigation of a point-of-care NT-proBNP ELISA assay to detect moderate to severe occult (pre-clinical) feline heart disease in cats referred for cardiac evaluation. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
  18. Cunningham, S.M., Lindsey, K.J., Rush, J.E. 2013. Acquired gerbode defect and third-degree atrioventricular block secondary to vehicular trauma in a dog. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
  19. Meurs, K.M., Stern, J.A., Sisson, D.D., Kittleson, M.D., Cunningham, S.M., Ames, M.K., Atkins, C.E., Defrancesco, T., Hodge, T.E., Keene, B.W., Reina Doreste, Y., Leuthy, M., Motsinger-Reif, A.A., Tou, S.P. 2013. Association of dilated cardiomyopathy with the striatin mutation genotype in boxer dogs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  20. Ogata, N., Gillis, T.E., Liu, X., Cunningham, S.M., Lowen, S.B., Adams, B.L., Sutherland-Smith, J., Mintzopoulos, D., Janes, A.C., Dodman, N.H., Kaufman, M.J. 2013. Brain structural abnormalities in Doberman pinschers with canine compulsive disorder. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry.

General Research Interests

  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy in the Boxer
  • Inflammation in heart disease and heart failure
  • Endothelial dysfunction in heart failure
  • Endothelial progenitor cells in heart failure
  • Cardiac biomarkers
  • Novel medical and device therapies for congestive heart failure
  • Cardiac stem cell therapies

Research Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Hyertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy in Boxer dogs, dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs, degenerative mitral valve disease in small dogs.

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Cardiovascular Diseases and Nutrition
  • Endothelial dysfunction and circulating progenitor cells in heart failure, cardiac biomarkers, novel medical and device therapies for congestive heart failure, cardiac stem cell therapies. Endothelial function testing, endothelial progenitor cells, inflammatory biomarkers, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (canine), dilated cardiomyopathy (canine)

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Echocardiography, cardiac catheterization laboratory, MRI, CT, thromboelastography