Dr. Matthew Cunningham, MD

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Dr. Matthew Cunningham, MD
Dr. Matthew Cunningham, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in New York, NY. He has been practicing for 17 years. Dr. Cunningham is affiliated with Hospital for Special Surgery.

535 E 70th St

New York, NY 10021

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Dr. Matthew Cunningham, MD

Dr. Matthew Cunningham, MD

Accepted insurance

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

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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"


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  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Dr. Cunningham does not have any board certifications listed.


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


  • 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

Dr. Cunningham has no awards or honors listed.

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

Dr. Cunningham does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Cunningham and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your profile.

Dr. Cunningham's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cunningham to family and friends
based on 30 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Cunningham's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Bronx , NY |
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 decision and I was confident all will go as plan. I couldn't have had a better surgeon. Thank you Doc
in NJ |
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 not more. We quickly found that we trusted his judgment and insight. The surgery went very well and the after-care is top notch. I recommend Dr. Cunningham with complete confidence.
Ardsley, New York |
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 which is a major piece of the puzzle overlooked by many orthopedic surgeons. In addition, his office staff, especially Tina, his office manager, was amazingly helpful every step of the way.
in East Brunswick, NJ |
In 2014, I was determine to have a Spinal Stenosis condition. Living in New Jersey, the first Specialist I consulted, recommended surgery. I decided to go online to the Hospital Of Special Surgery, where I contacted Dr. Cunningham. Dr. Cunningham was great in explaining my condition and treatments available. I tried Spinal Injection first which worked for a while, but eventually had the surgery. It went very well, I am pain free, and can not thank Dr. Cunningham and his staff enough.
in Northern, NJ |
There are no words to describe the surgical expertise Doc C demonstrated remedying the conditions that had reduced my 21 yr old son to needing a cane. He knew the herniated disc shown in the MRI did not match the level of symptoms presented. He said it would be a game time decision to proceed with something further than repairing the disc. He spent 2 extra hours repairing the other issues. My son walked out the hospital without a cane that night. 4 weeks later my son is virtually pain free!
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Dr. Cunningham accepts 5 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Cunningham has admitting privileges

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 E 70th St
New York, NY 10021
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