Dr. Kelly Cunningham, MD

Dr. Kelly Cunningham, MD

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Orthopedic Sports Medicine  |  
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  • 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)
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  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
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Care Philosophy

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.Read more

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University of Texas Austin Summa Cum Laude / Phi Beta Kappa graduate UT Southwestern Dallas MD degree / Hudson Penn...Read more

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based on 38 total surveys (17 with reviews)
Dr. Cunningham's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (17)
in Austin, TX |
I'm a local firefighter and recently tore the meniscus in my knee for the second time. I saw Dr. Cunningham on the recommendation of a coworker. I couldn't be happier with the results. After determining that my meniscus was indeed torn again, Dr. Cunningham suggested a cartilage graft and stem cell injection in addition to the meniscectomy. The results were better than I hoped for, I had a quick recovery and I'm able to run again, which I wasn't able to do even before this second injury.
in Austin, TX |
Over the past year, I have had great results getting PRP treatments for my hips. I had heard good things about PRP and was familiar with Dr. Cunningham and his reputation so I opted out of surgery recommended by another doctor and began PRP. Prior to PRP , I had pain daily and was limited to walking short distances. After my first treatment, I had great results and was able to resume normal activities, including moderate excercise 3-4 times per week. I will definitely continue this path!
Austin, TX |
I was diagnosed with a partial rotator cuff tear. Dr. Cunningham and his staff gave me excellent, personable treatment throughout the whole process. A few months later, I'm close to a 100%.
in Schertz, TX |
Dr. Cunningham handle my surgery with true care and professionalism. He treated me like a real person and not just a patient. I would definitely use his practoce again. His staff was also nothing short of excellent!
in Austin, TX |
Dr. Cunningham is an expert in his field. He has done work for the Dallas Cowboys and Olympians which gave me plenty of confidence in his ability to cure and fix my shoulder issues. He was patient, listened, and was not pushing in anyway which I appreciated very much. I would recommend Dr. Cunningham and staff to friends and family.
Austin, Texas |
Phenomenal!! Called them to check for cancellations, (I got lucky I know) but they squeezed me in. When I walked in, I was greeted with warm smiles and friendly faces. They didn't seem bothered in the least to help out!! A lot of Medical stuff has to do with insurance, but these guys brought the personal aspect back!!
in Austin, TX |
I had a previous ACL repair and scar tissue manipulation prior to visiting Dr.Cunningham. It wasn't a bad repair, but I had excessive amounts of scar tissue preventing me from full range of motion. My leg was just stuck bent and I had been walking with a limp for 9 months. I then saw Dr.Cunningham and he informed me I needed a more aggressive approach at removing the scar tissue. He took his time and explained everything clearly. After a long and tedious surgery I am able to walk normal!
in Austin, TX |
EXCELLENT
in Cedar Park, TX |
Dr. Cunningham repaired my left shoulder/bicep back in 2008. I recently destroyed the bicep again and was lucky enough to track down Dr. Cunningham at his new location. He performed a bicep tendonesis, arthroscopic chondroplasty, abrasion arthroplasty, labral debridement and subacromial bursectomy. I had the surgery performed on November 11, 2016 and will have a full release on January 16, 2017. I am extremely happy with the results and am back to doing the things I love to do.
in Liberty hill, TX |
Dr Cunningham did Knee, (Meniscus tear) surgery on me about 10 years ago and results were great. I recently had Rotator cuff issues and went to see him. He did some repairs arthroscopically. I am 90 days out and feeling great. Dr Cunningham is very personable and straight to the point. I have already recommended him to several friends.
in Austin, TX |
This is my second shoulder surgery with Dr. Cunningham. Two years ago he performed surgery on my right rotator cuff, and last week he did the left shoulder. The two experiences could not be more different! Two years ago I struggled with the rehab and healing progression with the right shoulder - long and painful. This time, I elected to have stem cell therapy and the healing process is completely different. I have minimal discomfort, greater movement and I can sleep!
in Austin, TX |
Dr. C. gave me stem-cell and PRP injections in my ankle almost 2 months ago. Until then I couldn't walk or even do gym workouts, and I certainly couldn't wear even modest heels. I had surgery 2.5 years ago after I twisted it and cracked a bone. It hasn't been pain-free since the surgery. I'm noticing big improvements since the injections from Dr. C. I walked 4 (!) miles today without any pain or swelling. I've been doing kettle-bell workouts, lunges, and squats in the gym with no ill effects.
in Smithville, TX |
I have had both surgery and PRP injections with good results. I plan to continue to see Dr. Cunningham for any future needs.
in Flatonia, Tx |
I've been a patient of Dr Cunningham since 1997 and would never consider using another Dr My trust in Dr Cunningham has been passed on to my three children. They have all been his patient at some time during their high school sporting days. I really like the new offices So much calmer than other Dr offices. Dr Cunningham always takes the time to exam me and explain throughly my diagnoses. I'm a fan!!!
in Austin, Texas |
Very knowledgeable and gave me several options for my care. Staff was very friendly and helpful. I'm glad I was seen, because my condition could have become worse had I not seen Dr. Cunningham. Thank you for the help.
in Pflugerville, TX |
I have been a patient of Dr Cunningham since he performed my first surgery in 2010 and he, his practice, bed side manners as well as the office staff have gone completely down hill. In fact I may have been blinded to his practice before and just never knew it as we have not had one successful procedure yet. Now his new practice is all about pushing not insurance covered stem-cell therapy down on you and I had this instant weird I shouldn't be here feeling while I was there. I hope those of y
With the addition of regenerative sports medicine in my 25-year practice, we felt our patients would be best served by two smaller, more efficient & cost-conscious offices. To get new offices running smoothly is always a challenge, but one we have worked hard to achieve & pass on the lower overhead to our cash-paying patients. Some cutting-edge treatments we offer are not yet covered by insurance. The patient always has a choice of these or other, older modalities and we review them fully.
Cedar Park, TX |
Unfortunately he is one of those doctors who care about the money, not the wellbeing of his patients. Twice he tried to send me to a facility out of network because he felt more comfortable (MRI location & physical therapy) ie: kickbacks. I didn't feel I could trust him because having had surgery before, once my MRI came back normal, he was still discussing the option of surgery with me, frustrating! Then to top it all off, he tried charging me for an injection (for MRI) that he never did!
The last impression we hope to give is of money! However. in the current state of healthcare, some advanced tests such as specialized MRI may fall outside of insurance coverage, leading to understandable patient confusion & frustration. Providing regenerative joint & sports medicine is admittedly not always cost efficient. Our goal is stellar, personalized cutting-edge care, based on Dr. Cunningham's years of (& ongoing) study & research, to yield a successful, active outcome for our patients.
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Dr. Cunningham says...

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 Austin, TX

     Austin Sports Medicine 1990-2015

     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

Dr. Cunningham's Care Philosophy

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.

Dr. Cunningham says...

Biologics Regenerative Sports Medicine -Non-Surgical/Office Based Therapy

  • Meniscus/Joint Cartilage Tears & Injury
  • Joint Wear & Tear Non-Surgical/Office Based Therapy
  • Cartilage autograft (pts, own) Bone & Cartilage allograft (donor)
  • Enhanced micro fracture/matrix 
  • Platelet Plasma/PRP InjectionJoint Restoration for the Mature Athlete
  • Joint Arthritis –             Knee, Hip, Shoulder, Ankle
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Platelet Plasma/PRP Injection
  • HA/Lubricant/ViscoSupplementation
  • Cell Therapy
  • Joint Pain/Overuse Injury
  • DJD/Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Orth-biologic Treatment
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Knee & Shoulder Injuries
  • Cartilage care and repair
  • Arthroscopic Surgery of shoulder, knee, hip, ankle, elbow
  • Biologics/Cartilage Restoration techniques
  • Surgical Cartilage Repair & Restoration

Non-surgical / office-based and surgical care options offered cutting edge orthopedic and regenerative sports medicine care. Emphasis on stem cell and PRP therapy when applicable.

Dr. Cunningham says...

  • Cell-Based Cartilage Repair/Restoration Techniques
  • Diagnostics, Scoring & Evaluation
  • Cell Therapy Platelet Therapy Treatment
  • Surgical Techniques & Correction Procedures
  • Acute and chronic cartilage injury - surgical repair and restoration, without expensive joint replacement surgery.
  • Platelet Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell therapy: Knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle injuries treated both non-surgically and  surgically, often with in-office injections
  • Traditional orthopedic sports medicine:
  • Shoulder  (dislocation, AC separation, rotator cuff tear repair, impingement tendinitis and bursitis)
  • Knee  (meniscus, articular cartilage, ACL and ligament reconstruction and repair, jumpers knee tendinitis)
  • Hip  (labral repair, spur excision, treatment of early arthritis)
  • Elbow  (tendinitis, cartilage and ligament repair)
  • Ankle  (cartilage and ligament repair, loose bodies, tendinitis)
  • Clavicle and ankle fracture fixation
  • Shoulder & partial knee replacement/resurfacing
  • Limb alignment corrective surgery

Dr. Cunningham's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

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  • 0
    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

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 Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • 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)

Education

  • Medical School
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    Graduated in 1983

  • Internship Hospital
    Parkland Health And Hospital System

    Completed in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    Parkland Health And Hospital System

    Completed in 1989

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Clinic

    Completed in 1990

    University of British Columbia

    Completed in 1989

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Texas / Austin Campus
  • Other Education
    Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

    Completed in 1988

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
  • Sports Medicine Pain Management
  • Sports Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Sports Physical Therapy

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Implantation
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Cartilage Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate