As a clinical geneticist, Christopher Cunniff, M.D., has a longstanding interest in the care of children and young adults with chromosome abnormalities, genetic disorders, birth defects and developmental disabilities.  He has been a Principal Investigator for grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform surveillance for muscular dystrophy, Fetal Alcohol syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability, and he has published extensively on these disorders.

Dr. Cunniff has assumed national leadership roles in genetics.  He has served as the Chairperson of the Committee on Genetics of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Secretary of the American College of Medical Genetics and as President of the American Board of Medical Genetics.

During his career in education, Dr. Cunniff has been an advocate for education and training of medical students, residents and attending physicians.  At the University of Arizona he served as Director of Faculty Instructional Development, where he developed programs to assist fellow faculty members to be effective teachers, preceptors and mentors.  He maintains a strong interest in general and genetic specialty education, and he presents regularly on these topics.