Dr. Kelly Cunningham, MD

Dr. Kelly Cunningham, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine  ·  

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Dr. Kelly Cunningham, MD is an orthopedic sports medicine surgery specialist in Austin, TX and has been practicing for 28 years. He specializes in orthopedic sports medicine, sports medicine, and more.Read his story

Austin Ortho and Biologics

911 W 38th St Ste 101

Austin, TX 78705
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan
  • Texas True Choice
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Worker's Compensation

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Top Care Areas

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Knee Sprain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Internal Derangement of Knee
very high
more than 99% of peers
Knee Disorders
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Dr. Cunningham's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Cunningham "University of Texas Austin Summa Cum Laude / Phi Beta Kappa graduate. UT Southwestern Dallas MD degree / Hudson Penn award - most outstanding surgical student. Internship/residency in general surgery/orthopedic surgery - Parkland, Scottish Rite & Baylor Hospitals, Dallas. Fellowships - Norwich, England (orthopaedics); Vancouver, Canada (shoulder); Tahoe & Vail, CO ( knee, sports medicine, US Ski Team physician). AANA peer-reviewed journal article - Arthroscopic Treatment of Discoid Lateral Meniscus: Results of Long-Term Follow-up." 26 -year private practice in Austin, TX: Austin Sports Medicine (1990-2015) and Austin OrthoBiologics (2015-present). Board certified, Orthopedic Surgery, emphasis in Sports Medicine. Health Policy committee member, Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA). Active member, International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS). Numerous lectureships and teaching courses. Two current US and world-wide surgical cartilage repair research studies. Married, four children. Hobbies include travel, cycling, skiing, historical reading."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Cunningham "My philosophy and passion is personalized treatment and patient care.

As a Dr. Richard Steadman surgical fellow during the development of "microfracture", the world-renown joint cartilage treatment protocol used for the past 25 years to treat knee, shoulder and hip injuries, the next exciting step in recreational athlete care for all ages and abilities is stem cell and PRP/platelet-based biologic and cellular medicine.

In the past three years, I have returned to the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. and studied in Western Europe, where Stem Cell & PRP "cutting-edge" procedures were honed, and now bring them to my 25-year practice in Austin, Texas.

This is the future of orthopedics and both non-surgical and surgical sports medicine, available in Austin today...

Two convenient locations to get you back "on your feet" faster."

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9  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
  • Sports Medicine Pain Management
  • Sports Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

3  Board Certifications

  • Maternal & Fetal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology*
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Accredited by: American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

30  Conditions Treated

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Ligament Tears
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sever's Disease
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)

22  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Texas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Texas / Austin Campus
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Parkland Health And Hospital System
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Parkland Health And Hospital System
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • University of British Columbia
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Norfolk And Norwich Hospital
    Other Education | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Cunningham has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Cunningham's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cunningham to family and friends
49 total reviews (28 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (49)

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Dr. Cunningham's Performance

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Patient Comments (28)

I knew I was in good hands after the first appointment with Dr. Cunningham. He found what a previously seen doctor was unable to identify. He thoroughly explained everything and was able to schedule surgery quickly to resolve the problem. His staff was very professional and helpful. Overall, I...more
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Dr. Cunningham is an excellent doctor! He has given me much needed relief in my left knee & hip!! I am now using him to treat the pain in my shoulders. He is using treatment that is outside the envelope! He is my new hero!!!
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Being active keeps me healthy both physically and mentally. When my knee began to hurt, I consulted with three orthopedic doctors, all of whom said I would have to have surgery. It was not until I met Dr. Kelly Cunningham that I began to get my questions answered. At Austin Ortho+Bioloics, I was...more
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Dr. Cunningham took great care of me and answered all the questions I had and then some. He listened to what my recovery goals were and made suggestions on how to make it happen. I’m extremely active in life and on the job and I felt I was treated by Dr Cunningham like I was an athlete who needed...more
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I left Dr. Cunningham's office absolutely furious. My experience was of the stereotypical bad doctor visit - He didn't listen to me (didn't ask any questions either), didn't examine me, just threw out a diagnosis and ordered another expensive test (after already ordering a different one before ever...more
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