Charles Nicholas Cuneo, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Medical Director, HEAL Refugee Health and Asylum Collaborative
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Languages: English, Haitian, Spanish


Internal Medicine, Pediatrics

Research Interests

Political Determinants of Health; Human Rights; Health in Conflict, Food Security, Malnutrition; Sexual and Gender Minorities; HIV/AIDS; Gender-based Violence; Trauma more


Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 443-287-3631 | Fax: 410-502-0923


C. Nicholas Cuneo, M.D., M.P.H. is an assistant professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is affiliated with the Center for Public Health and Human Rights and the Center for Humanitarian Health.

Dr. Cuneo is a graduate of the Harvard Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Boston Children’s Hospital Medicine-Pediatric Residency and served as chief resident for the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He earned his B.S. in biology and anthropology at Duke University, his M.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and his M.P.H. in clinical effectiveness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

He works as an academic hospitalist for children and adults at Johns Hopkins Hospital and provides pediatric care at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is the founding Medical Director of the HEAL Refugee Health and Asylum Collaborative, which provides trauma-informed, affirming care and supportive services to immigrant survivors of torture and trauma, including Baltimore’s first comprehensive pro bono asylum clinic.

Dr. Cuneo has extensive global health research and program management experience, particularly in Haiti, where he was a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow, and South Africa, where he was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Public Health. more


  • Medical Director, HEAL Refugee Health and Asylum Collaborative
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2015)


  • Internal Medicine/Pediatrics; Harvard Brigham and Women's Hospital/Boston Children's Hospital Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Prog (2020)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Medicine) (2020)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics - General) (2020)

Additional Training

  • MPH, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2020)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Pancheshnikov A, Boddu R, Rubenstein LS, Cuneo CN. (2022) Unstable gynaecological patient with an ankle monitor: implications of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Alternatives to Detention programme in the healthcare setting. BMJ Case Rep 28;15(6):e246515

Allan-Blitz LT, Valtis Y, Sundberg M, Sharma N, Petersen E, Cuneo CN. (2022) Implementation and first experiences with a multimodal mentorship curriculum for medicine-paediatrics residents. Ann Med 54(1):1313-1319.

Cuneo CN, Huselton KE, Praschan NC, Saadi A, Gartland MG. (2021) What Counts As 'Safe?': Exposure To Trauma And Violence Among Asylum Seekers From The Northern Triangle. Health Aff (Millwood) 40(7):1135-1144.

Cuneo CN, Janeway H. (2020) From Icebox to Tinderbox: A View from the Southern Border. N Engl J Med 383(13):e81.

Bernhardt LJ, Lin S, Swegman C, Sellke R, Vu A, Solomon BS, Cuneo CN. (2019) The Refugee Health Partnership: An Experiential Medical Student Curriculum in Refugee Health. Academic Medicine 94(4): 544-549.

Activities & Honors


  • Chief Resident, Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital, 2019 - 2020
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2015
  • Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, 2013 - 2014
  • Front Line Scholar, TEDMED, 2013 - 2013
  • U.S. Schweitzer Fellow, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, 2012 - 2013
  • Presidential Grant, Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 2013 - 2014
  • Fulbright Research Grant, U.S. Department of State Institute of International Education, 2009 - 2010
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University - Beta of North Carolina, 2007

Professional Activities

  • Pro Bono Forensic Examiner, Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network

Patient Ratings & Comments

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