Knee, Shoulder & Sports Medicine Physician in Vail, CO

For over a decade, Dr. Cunningham has cared for patients in the Vail Valley and in Summit County Colorado. In addition, he has patients from across the country and world that travel to seek his care. With a reputation for providing compassionate care and great surgical outcomes, Dr. Cunningham values the collaboration and relationship he has with his many patients.

Dr. Cunningham was trained at the prestigious Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh – regarded by orthopedists as one of the best knee and shoulder fellowship programs. During his time there, he was an associate physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Following his fellowship, he joined Vail Summit Orthopedics, where he treats athletes of all levels. Dr. Cunningham is a team physician for the U.S. Ski Team, Freedom FC Soccer Club, and to area high schools.

Orthopedics in the Local Community

An active and passionate member of the mountain community, Dr. Cunningham provides free sports medicine physicals to high school athletes every year. He also lends his expertise through offering knee stability checks for skiers at the start of the Vail ski season.

An educator at heart, Dr. Cunningham offers regular community lectures on knee and shoulder injuries as well as educational seminars to primary care and emergency room physicians and ski patrollers at Vail-area ski resorts. He regularly contributes sports medicine articles to local publications, including the Vail Daily.

Orthopedic Awards for Excellence

Dr. Cunningham served as Chief of Surgery at Vail Valley Medical Center from 2008 to 2015. In 2010, he received the Clinical Excellence Award from his physician colleagues at the Center. He is also a member of professional orthopedic organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America and American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Education & Training

  • Undergraduate: Amherst College – Amherst, MA
  • Medical: University of Washington – Seattle, WA

  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of Utah – Salt Lake City, UT

  • Fellowship in Knee, Shoulder & Sports Medicine: University of Pittsburgh Center for Sports Medicine – Pittsburgh, PA

Hospital Affiliations

  • Vail Valley Medical Center
  • Summit Medical Center
  • Vail Valley Surgery Center
  • Peak One Surgery Center

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by Casey S. on Richard Cunningham, MD
You and your team deserve applause for bringing your patients back to sport

Robin has sung your praises many times. Seeing you, hearing you it makes it even clearer. You love what you do and you do it well. You and your team deserve applause for bringing your patients (including my daughter Robin) back to sport.

by Brian H. on Richard Cunningham, MD
Dr. Cunningham and his staff were fantastic every step of the way

My rotator cuff surgery went very well and Dr. Cunningham and his staff were fantastic every step of the way. Dr. Cunningham is very informative, kind, and patient and is one of the most personable doctors I have ever worked with.

by Janet G. on Richard Cunningham, MD
I felt all my concerns were listened to and addressed

My experience with everyone on the team could not have been better. I felt all my concerns were listened to and addressed. The outcome of my surgery was incredible. Dr. Cunningham is a skilled surgeon who I would highly recommend to anyone seeking shoulder surgery.

by Kevin D. on Richard Cunningham, MD
I could not have been more pleased with My experience with doctor Cunningham

I could not have been more pleased with My experience with doctor Cunningham, his staff, and my procedure. Every appointment I had with the above, was awesome. I would High recommend doctor Cunningham And have been very pleased with the outcome of my surgery.

by Kim Pavic on Richard Cunningham, MD
The Best!

"Thank you for your exceptional care and kindness as well as working around my schedule for my upcoming knee surgery. You and your staff both at the Frisco office and the Edwards office are the best!"

by Russ K. on Richard Cunningham, MD
Takes his time explaining situations

"Easy to communicate with, he does not talk over your comprehension with big medical terminology, and takes his time explaining situations."

by Layna Gillaspy on Richard Cunningham, MD
I am so appreciative of Dr. Cunningham and his whole team!

When Layna Gillaspy shattered her kneecap in Arkansas, her husband suggested she get treated by Dr. Cunningham at Vail-Summit Orthopedics & Neurosurgery. “Due to the complexity of the injury, we wanted to make sure we were getting the best care possible,” said Layna. “What I really appreciated the most about Dr. Cunningham’s style of care was his calmness and how extremely reassuring he was with me. I knew this was a complex injury and I was nervous about the outcome. I felt very confident in Dr. Cunningham. Overall, he is just a very caring individual.” Layna is now 11 months post-operative, and her knee is getting better each day. “I am so appreciative of Dr. Cunningham and his whole team!”

by SSG S. Skramstad on Richard Cunningham, MD
I would not go to anybody else for a shoulder or knee injury

I’ve seen Dr. Cunningham and staff twice, once for each Shoulder within the last five years, I’m a active duty Colorado Army National Guard helicopter mechanic at the High Altitude Aviation training Site (HAATS). I have full range of motion in both shoulders! I can’t say enough about their quality of care and professionalism! Dr. Cunningham, Erika, Victoria and Chad are the best of the BEST! I would not go to anybody else for a shoulder or knee injury. Dr Cunningham should be your “ Go to Doc”. He’s definitely mine!

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Dr. Cunningham specializes in the treatment of knee, shoulder, and sports injuries.

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