Welcome to the practice of Richard Cunningham, M.D., a sports medicine specialist in Vail, Colorado. Dr. Cunningham is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who is fellowship-trained in knee and shoulder surgery. He is a partner at Vail•Summit Orthopaedics, which has been serving the Vail Valley and Summit County since 1979. With clinics near Colorado’s largest ski resorts, Dr. Cunningham cares for professional and recreational athletes alike, helping people of all ages get back to their active lifestyle.
Dr. Richard Cunningham
Dr. Cunningham has cared for patients in the Vail Valley for nearly a decade. He is known for his kind and compassionate treatment. And, as an athlete himself, he understands the impact knee and shoulder injuries have on an active person’s lifestyle.
As a surgeon, he is widely recognized for reproducibly providing his patients with successful outcomes. He excels in the diagnosis and latest treatment of knee and shoulder conditions and is an expert in:
Arthroscopic ACL Reconstructions
Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
Cartilage Restoration Surgery
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization Surgery
With extremely low complication rates and minimal downtime, Dr. Cunningham gives his patients the greatest opportunity for an excellent outcome.
Sports Medicine Specialist
Dr. Cunningham was trained in a prestigious sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. The program is considered by orthopedists to be the premier knee and shoulder fellowship in the United States. During this time, he was an associate physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Following his fellowship, he joined Vail•Summit Orthopaedics, where he continues to treat athletes of all levels.
Dr. Cunningham is a Physician with the US Ski Team. He also serves as the team doctor for the Freedom FC Soccer Team. Dr. Cunningham helps provide medical coverage to the TEVA Mountain Games, Vail Rugby, Vail Lacrosse Tournament, and the Ski and Snowboard Club in Vail. He also serves as the team physician to local high schools and provides free sports medicine physicals to high school athletes every school year.
Awarded For Excellence
Dr. Cunningham is Chief of Surgery at Vail Valley Medical Center. In 2010, he received the Clinical Excellence Award from his physician colleagues at the Center.
He is also a member of professional orthopaedic organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Caring For His Community
Passionate about giving back to the community, Dr. Cunningham has provided free sports physicals for high school athletes as well as knee stability checks for skiers at the start of ski season.
He believes strongly in educating people about knee and shoulder injuries and provides regular orthopaedic lectures to primary care and emergency medical physicians. He also gives a series of community lectures every year and offers information and tips to the public through various local news stories.
Dr. Cunningham is married and has four children. He enjoys attending his children’s soccer games, basketball games, and swim meets. He is also active in many outdoor activities and especially enjoys Nordic and Alpine skiing as well as mountain and road biking.
Undergraduate: Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Medical: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Center for Sports Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
Vail Valley Medical Center
Summit Medical Center
Post time: Mar-12-2017