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
- Vail Valley Medical Center
- Summit Medical Center
- Vail Valley Surgery Center
- Peak One Surgery Center
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"Easy to communicate with, he does not talk over your comprehension with big medical terminology, and takes his time explaining situations."
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!”
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!
"When I broke my kneecap, you treated me with kindness, professionalism, and expertise. I was truly appreciative of the time you spent explaining the procedure and healing process."
Thanks Dr Cunningham my knee replacement changed my life and I got back to hikes in the mountains with my dogs
#1 knee and shoulder team in two counties , eagle/summit. Dr. Cunningham took excellent care of both my knee's and my shoulder , I wouldn't let anyone work on me!!
World class Surgeons in Vail!
Both myself and our son are former patients of Dr Cunningham’s. We are both doing so well! We both are back to doing all the sports and activities that we want to be doing. We both had such incredible experiences with Dr C. You get the full deal with Dr C - incredible expertise and skill and a patient, caring, good listener. He is an exceptional doctor. We are SO grateful to have been in his care.
Rediscover your inner athlete
Dr. Cunningham specializes in the treatment of knee, shoulder, and sports injuries.