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
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'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
Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Adult Orthopedic Surgery
Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
Orthopedic Hip Surgery
Orthopedic Knee Surgery
Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
Pediatric Sports Medicine
Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
Sports Medicine Pain Management
Sports Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Sports Physical Therapy
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Why It Matters: Dr. Cunningham's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
Glenoid Labrum Tear
Internal Derangement of Knee
Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Knee Cartilage Implantation
Knee Cartilage Repair
Knee Ligament Reconstruction
Knee Tendon Repair
Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
Rotator Cuff Surgery
Shoulder Cartilage Treatment
Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
Stem Cell Therapy
Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Texas.
What is medical malpractice?
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If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
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.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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