Margaret I. Cuomo

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Margaret I. Cuomo
Born1959 (age 59–60)
Alma mater
  • Physician
  • radiologist
Spouse(s)Peter Perpignano
Howard Simon Maier (m. 1994)

Margaret I. Cuomo (born 1959) is an American radiologist, author, philanthropist, advocate, and blogger on health issues, especially those related to cancer prevention. She is the eldest daughter of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and former New York First Lady Matilda Cuomo, and sister to current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and journalist Chris Cuomo. She resides in New York.

Early life and education[edit]

Cuomo was born in New York City to former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and former New York First Lady Matilda Cuomo. She grew up in Albany and Holliswood, Queens, New York, with her four siblings, Andrew, Maria, Madeline, and Chris.

She graduated from St. John's University and received an M.D. degree from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York in 1981.

Professional career[edit]

Cuomo is a board certified radiologist who practiced at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. She has specialized in body imaging, involving CT, Ultrasound, MRI, and interventional procedures, much of her practice was dedicated to the diagnosis of cancer and AIDS. Cuomo has been interviewed for and/or featured in magazines and newspapers, including Better Homes and Gardens, Education Update, Family Circle, Glamour, InStyle, Manhattan, Metro Newspapers, Networking, New York Daily News, O Magazine, Parade, People, Prevention, Redbook, Vogue and Women's Day, and on-line sites, including,,, and[1]

Cuomo gave the commencement speech at Dowling College on May 18, 2013, where she was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree.[2]


Cuomo's book, A World Without Cancer: The Making of a New World and the Real Promise of Prevention, was published October 2012 by Rodale. The book calls for improved coordination among government and academic research efforts and an elimination of unnecessary bureaucracy. The book also calls for making cancer prevention a U.S. priority by establishing a National Cancer Prevention Institute under the National Institutes of Health to coordinate research. Cuomo addresses weaknesses with cancer screening methods, doctor recommendation practices, and information patients are given regarding cancer. Cuomo argues for better efforts by pharmaceutical companies to prevent cancer through early detection, effective vaccines and new means of protecting the immune system. Cuomo also makes lifestyle recommendations for reducing cancer risk.[3] Glamour Magazine interviewed her about the book October 10, 2012.[4]

Cuomo contributes blog posts focusing on cancer prevention, the economic impact of cancer, and the need for reform.[5] She also contributes to WebMD.[6] Cuomo has a Muckety score of 60.[7]


  • Cuomo, M.I. (2012). A World Without Cancer: The Making of a New World and the Real Promise of Prevention. Rodale, Inc.


In addition to her cancer prevention-related work, Cuomo has supported multiple initiatives to support Italian language education in the United States. She is the founder of The Italian Language Foundation.


Cuomo is an honoree of the Association of Italian American Educators (2003, 2005) and the National Organization of Italian American Women (2004). In 2011, Cuomo was awarded the "Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana," the "Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity," by Giorgio Napolitano, president of Italy.[8]


Cuomo is a member of the Medical Review Board of Huffington Post.[5] She is also a member of the Princeton University Advisory Council, French & Italian.[9] In 2007, she was listed as a member of the National Advisory Board of Concordia Language Villages. Cuomo was a member of the board of 2013-2016.

Personal life[edit]

Cuomo married Peter Perpignano October 10, 1982.[10] They later divorced. They have one daughter, Christina Cuomo Perpignano.[11]

On February 20, 1994, Cuomo married Howard Simon Maier.[12] They have one daughter, Marianna Cuomo Maier.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Couzens, Bill. "Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. Speaks -- Purdue North Central Sinai Forum". Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  2. ^ "Dowling College's 51st Commencement Ceremony". 2013-05-18. Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  3. ^ Cuomo, Margaret I. (October 2012). A World Without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention. Rodale. ISBN 1609618858.
  4. ^ Naugle, Wendy. "When It Comes to the War on Cancer, Are We Settling for Treatments That Are "Just Good Enough"?". Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  5. ^ a b Cuomo, Margaret I. "Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D."
  6. ^ Cuomo, Margaret. "3 Ways to Reduce Cancer Risk". Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  7. ^ "Margaret I. Cuomo". Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  8. ^ Pirani, Alessia (2011-06-21). "Star of Italian Solidarity for Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Margaret Cuomo". i-Italy.
  9. ^ "French & Italian Advisory Council". Princeton University. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  10. ^ "Peter Perpignano, Builder, Marries Margaret Cuomo". New York Times. 10/11/1982. Retrieved 2014-02-25. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ "Hey Grandpa" (PDF). The Register. 1985-07-29. p. 2A.
  12. ^ "WEDDINGS; Margaret I. Cuomo, Howard S. Maier". New York Times. February 20, 1994. Retrieved 2014-02-25.