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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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.
There aren't enough words for the appreciation of your skills, your staff and the Peak One crew in bringing Bob's knee back to a full recovery!! We will be forever grateful!! - Pat & Bob F.
Dr. Cunningham is the Koby Bryant of orthopedic surgeons and it's my understanding that he worked on Kobe. Every point of contact with Vail Summit Orthopedics has been impressive... from the reception desk to the nurses to the way they run their business... an extremely High level of Excellence. This is by far the best Healthcare experience I've ever had.
Dr Cunningham and the entire VSO staff exceeded all of my expectations. It was so convenient to use the walk in clinic. I was amazed that we could get everything done in one visit....clinical exam, xrays and MRI right in their office. They added me to the surgical schedule that week and the entire surgery team was professional, experienced, and efficient. Two weeks later my knee feels better than ever. Great experience. Highly recommended.
I had my ACL and MCL repaired by Dr. Cunningham. He provided me with ample education to make an informed decision on the procedure (own tendon vs. cadaver). The staff is great as well.
Awesome care. Excellent staff. World class. Thank you.
I have heard only positive comments about Dr. Cunningham and I was very impressed with his staff and his personality. I have very high confidence in his professional manner and his medical opinion. I have worked in an orthopedic office as well as a physical therapy clinic and fine VSO to offer superior medical treatment. I would highly recommend it to others seeking professional medical treatment!
Dr. Cunningham was on call when I shattered my collarbone snowboarding in Vail. He operated on me within 6 hours and I was able to go home that night. I'm currently 12 weeks out from the surgery and my physical therapist has told me I'm about a month ahead of schedule compared to other collarbone surgery recoveries he's been a part of. I'm cleared to golf and have recovered full range of motion. I had a plate and 10 screws put into my collarbone so the fact I'm ahead of schedule is amazing.
Rediscover your inner athlete
Dr. Cunningham specializes in the treatment of knee, shoulder, and sports injuries.