Dr. Matthew Cunningham, MD

Dr. Matthew Cunningham, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Dr. Matthew Cunningham, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 11 years. He graduated from Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons in 2000 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery.

535 E 70th St

New York, NY 10021

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Cigna
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Spine Deformities
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 96% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Cunningham "Dr. Matthew E. Cunningham studied Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University, and attended Columbia University for both medical and graduate school. He was a Rhodes Scholar regional finalist while at Hopkins, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated with general and departmental honors. He was an National Institute of Health (NIH) funded Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) student while at Columbia, and graduated with numerous honors including Alpha Omega Alpha, the Alfred E. Steiner Re"

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Cunningham does not have any board certifications listed.

23  Conditions Treated

  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Back Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy

15  Procedures

  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

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.


  • Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • New York Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Philip D. Wilson Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery Research,, 2007
  • North American Spine Society Young Investigator Research Grant Award, 2007
  • Orthopaedic Fellowship Award, New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, 2005
  • New York Orthopedic Hospital Award for Outstanding Research & Clinical Performance, 2000
Media & Publications
  • Specialty Update: What’s new in Orthopaedic Research., 2007
  • Fusionless Scoliosis Surgery, 2005
  • Partially Overlapping Limited Anterior and Posterior Instrumentation for Adult Thoracolumbar and Lumbar Scoliosis: A Description of Novel Spinal Instrumentation, “The Hybrid Technique”., 2007
  • Spinal Infections in Patients with Compromised Immune Systems, 2006
  • Posterior Vertebral Column Resection for VATER/VACTERL Associated Spinal Deformity: A Case Report., 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Cunningham's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cunningham to family and friends
32 total reviews (7 have comments)

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Dr. Cunningham's Performance

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Patient Comments (7)

Dr. Cunningham never appeared for my scheduled appointment. I was kept waiting in a hospital gown, in a cold examining room for 3 and 1/2 hours. His PA said he was a little backed up, but would be in to see me. I waited but Dr. C. never came. I tried to find his PA, to no avail. After 4 hours I...more
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Excellent experience! Spent time with me pre-op addressing my numerous concerns. Dr. Cunningham is kind, empathetic, and patient and best of all fixed my problem. I highly recommend him.
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Dr. Cunningham is very pleasant and easy going. He makes you feel at ease, all the while being very detailed about your condition and the procedure you will undergo. I am 100% satisfied with the outcome of my surgery and how attentive he was to me b4 and after surgery. I totally trusted my Drs...more
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Dr. Cunningham is extremely impressive. He has a warm, open manner. He takes the needed time with a patient and answers questions thoroughly, thoughtfully, and clearly. The office staff is extremely helpful and supportive. Dr. Cunningham takes a minimalist approach – do what is really needed yet...more
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We are so lucky that we met Dr. Cunningham 2 years ago. His expertise,compassion and outstanding knowledge enabled my husband to walk again and improve his quality of life immensely. He brings to the table not only his expertise as an orthopedic surgeon ,but also his knowledge in bone metabolism...more
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