Laura Sunn, MD
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
"I help educate and facilitate the patient to make an informed decision. The patient is the most important part of the team."
- Laura Sunn, MD
- University of Missouri Medical School, Columbia, Missouri
Internship / Residency
- General Psychiatry - The Menninger Foundation, Topeka, Kansas
- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Federation of State Medical Boards
- Integrative Holistic Medicine - American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
- Certified Humor Professional - Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Practicing Since: 1986
Dr. Laura Sunn, a psychiatrist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) near Chicago, recognizes that cancer affects the mind and spirit, not just the body.
As a board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Sunn realized her career path early in life. “I decided to be a doctor in high school. I knew I wanted to serve others and the sciences were the classes that fascinated me,” says Sunn, who is board certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine.
Although she was at first torn between studying neurosurgery or psychiatry, she knew she had the ability to listen and help people open up emotionally. These skills allow her to truly listen to patients and caregivers and provide support during their treatment.
Dr. Sunn graduated magna cum laude from Washington University, St. Louis before going on to receive her doctorate at the University of Missouri Medical School in Columbia, Missouri. Committed to integrative science, her honors thesis compared Native American herbal medicine to ancient Chinese medical botany. She is also a Certified Humor Professional by the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.
Cancer has directly affected Dr. Sunn’s family, with both her father and sister passing away of the disease. This personal connection makes working at CTCA® even more meaningful. “CTCA publicly names a standard of care that I agree with and endorse: treat every patient as if they were a beloved family member,” says Sunn.
The doctor-patient relationship is something that requires trust and understanding. Dr. Sunn knows the importance of bedside manner, and that the doctor-patient relationship is the basis for healing.
“We all as humans have deep emotions. The doctor-patient relationship is sacred, with shared responsibilities, and ultimately allowing depth of contact It is my job to supply and maintain hope,” says Sunn.
Dr. Sunn is a member of numerous organizations, including the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, America Psychiatric Association, Wisconsin State Medical Society and the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed.
She and her family love music, and have subscribed to the Chicago Symphony for over 25 years. She enjoys playing the piano, gardening, as well as preparing elaborate ethnically themed food.