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Bio

 An actor, clown, emergency nurse, associate professor, and leader in a large health system, Tim has worked in 24 countries outside of the U.S. He's run 65 marathons, including a handful of ultras and a 100-mile run for fun and fundraising. Plus, he has a deep affinity for rubber chickens. His global experiences have exposed him to both extreme suffering and extreme resilience. His presentations and workshops pull from an array of experiences that hone in on the core human tenets of resilience, well-being, and creativity.

 

From keynotes to commencement remarks, from workshops to lectures and coaching, Tim’s work is interactive and unique.

 
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Keynotes and Presentations

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Un-forgetting Compassion | Tim Cunningham | TEDxCharlottesville
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Un-forgetting Compassion | Tim Cunningham | TEDxCharlottesville

Tim Cunningham tells us about his experience as an Ebola medic in Sierra Leone and what it taught him about compassion. He’s worked in a handful of countries outside of the U.S. with Clowns Without Borders, performing shows and workshops for children and families having been displaced and disrupted by greed-based, man-made disasters, such as war and poverty. While working with Clowns Without Borders, he was inspired to become a nurse and has since worked as an emergency nurse in the U.S. and other humanitarian settings. Tim Cunningham is still trying to figure out what he’d like to be when he grows up. Originally from Waynesboro, VA, he’s lived in many different places and worn a few different hats. He’s worked in a handful of countries outside of the U.S. with Clowns Without Borders, performing shows and workshops for children and families having been displaced and disrupted by greed-based, manmade disasters, such as war and poverty. While working with Clowns Without Borders, he was inspired to become a nurse and has since worked as an emergency nurse in the U.S. and other humanitarian settings. When he lived in Charlottesville, Tim was the Director of the Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia and taught in UVA’s School of Nursing and Department of Drama. Currently, he's the Director of Patient and Family Centered Care at Emory Healthcare, where he too frequently has to wear a suit. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

TESTIMONIALS

As a nurse, Tim Cunningham knows what it is and how it feels to care for fellow human beings in crisis. He is also a master storyteller, and the stories he tells take us inside some of the most challenging circumstances people face—life-threatening disease, loss, and hopelessness. Yet his presentations are energizing and deeply  joyful, for Tim lives and radiates the compassion, hope, and resilience he describes in his tales.

Marcia Day Childress / Director, Programs in Humanities/ Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities/ University of Virginia

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