Dr. Kelly Cunningham, MD

Dr. Kelly Cunningham, MD

Sports Medicine | Male

UT Austin Summa Cum Laude / Phi Beta Kappa graduate UT Southwestern Dallas MD degree Internship/residency in general surgery/orthopedic surgery , Parkland Hospital, Dallas fellowships England; Vancouver, Canada (shoulder); Tahoe & Vail, CO ( knee, sports medicine, US Ski Tesm physician) 26 -year private practice Austin, TX Austin Sports Medicine 1990-2015 Austin OrthoBiologics 2015-present board certified health policy committee, member, Arthroscopy Association of N America (AANA) Active member, International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) publications, numerous lectureships and teaching courses two current US and word-wide surgical cartilage repair research studies married, four children hobbies include travel, cycling, skiing, historical readingRead more

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911 W 38th St Ste 101
Austin, TX 78705 Get Directions

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My passion is the emerging patient care field of regenerative sports medicine & orthopedics. As a Dr. Richard Steadman surgical fellow during the development of "microfracture", the world-renown joint cartilage treatment protocol used for the past 20 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 these 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...Read more

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UT Austin Summa Cum Laude / Phi Beta Kappa graduate UT Southwestern Dallas MD degree Internship/residency in general surgery/orthopedic surgery...Read more

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based on 28 total surveys (7 with reviews)
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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...

UT Austin Summa Cum Laude / Phi Beta Kappa graduate

UT Southwestern Dallas MD degree

Internship/residency in general surgery/orthopedic surgery , Parkland Hospital, Dallas

fellowships     England; Vancouver, Canada (shoulder); Tahoe & Vail, CO ( knee, sports medicine, US Ski Tesm physician)

26 -year private practice Austin, TX

    Austin Sports Medicine 1990-2015

    Austin OrthoBiologics   2015-present

board certified

health policy committee, member, Arthroscopy Association of N America (AANA)

Active member, International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS)

publications, numerous lectureships and teaching courses

two current US and word-wide surgical cartilage repair research studies

married, four children

hobbies include travel, cycling, skiing, historical reading

Dr. Cunningham's Care Philosophy

My passion is the emerging patient care field of regenerative sports medicine & orthopedics.

As a Dr. Richard Steadman surgical fellow during the development of "microfracture", the world-renown joint cartilage treatment protocol used for the past 20 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 these 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...

Dr. Cunningham says...

  • With over 25 years of private practice experience in Austin,  Kelly Cunningham M.D., is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained and sports medicine.
  • Using stem cell and platelet plasma therapy, he brings special expertise to the evolving area of orthopedic regenerative medicine – OrthoBiologics – with cutting-edge nonsurgical & surgical treatment  options for joint pain, cartilage injury & arthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder, and ankle. 
  • Such treatment can often delay or even avoid expensive, hospitalized joint replacement surgery for his patients.
  •  Traditional orthopedic care includes ligament & labral reconstruction & rotator cuff repair of the shoulder; meniscus/cartilage & ACL ligament reconstruction of the knee;  labral repair and spur excision of early arthritic hip;  cartilage & ligament reconstruction of the elbow & ankle. 
  • Dr. Cunningham and Austin OrthoBiologics provide powerful healing alternatives  for cartilage repair & restoration in his patients. 

Dr. Cunningham says...

acute and chronic cartilage injury - surgical repair and restoration, without expensive joint replacement surgery.

knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle injuries treated both non-surgically and  surgically, often with in-office injections of platelets plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy. 

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

special expertise in snow ski injuries

shoulder & partial knee   joint replacement

limb alignment corrective surgery 

Physical therapy and rehabilitation counseling

sports bracing 

joint lubricant injections and cellular therapy for arthritis 

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  •  Specializes in Sports Medicine
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
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  •  No sanctions found
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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

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Specialties

  • Sports Medicine
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Men's Sports Medicine
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • 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