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Phone (970) 569-3240
Toll-Free (888) 446-5202

Dr. Richard Cunningham
Knee, Shoulder & Sports Medicine Specialist

Richard Cunningham, MD

Dr. Cunningham offers the most advanced treatment options available including:

  • ACL Reconstruction (single or double bundle)
  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
  • Meniscus Transplantation
  • PCL and Multiligamentous Knee Reconstruction
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
  • Osteoarticular Allografts and Autografts
  • Sports Medicine
  • Biologic Enhancements, such as Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Partial Knee Resurfacing
  • Fracture Repair

About Dr. Cunningham

Dr. Cunningham has cared for patients in the Vail Valley and Summit County for well over a decade. He is known for his kind and compassionate treatment. And, as an athlete himself, he understands the impact knee and shoulder injuries have on an active person's lifestyle.

As a surgeon, he is widely recognized for reproducibly providing his patients with successful outcomes. He excels in the diagnosis and latest treatment of knee and shoulder conditions and is an expert in:

With extremely low complication rates and minimal downtime, Dr. Cunningham gives his patients the greatest opportunity for an excellent outcome.

Sports Medicine Specialist

Dr. Cunningham was trained in a prestigious sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. The program is considered by orthopedists to be the premier knee and shoulder fellowship in the United States. During this time, he was an associate physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Following his fellowship, he joined Vail Summit Orthopaedics, where he continues to treat athletes of all levels

Dr. Cunningham is a Physician with the US Ski Team. Dr. Cunningham helps provide medical coverage to the TEVA Mountain Games, Vail Rugby, Vail Lacrosse Tournament, and the`Ski and Snowboard Club in Vail. He also serves as the team physician to local high schools and provides free sports medicine physicals to high school athletes every school year.

Awarded for Excellence

Dr. Cunningham was Chief of Surgery at Vail Valley Medical Center from 2008-2015. In 2010, he received the Clinical Excellence Award from his physician colleagues at the Center.

He is also a member of professional orthopaedic organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Caring For His Community

Passionate about giving back to the community, Dr. Cunningham has provided free sports physicals for high school athletes as well as knee stability checks for skiers at the start of ski season.

He believes strongly in educating people about knee and shoulder injuries and provides regular orthopaedic lectures to primary care and ER physicians, as well as ski patrollers at the area ski resorts. He also gives a series of community lectures every year and offers information and tips to the public through various local news stories.

Dr. Cunningham is married and has four children. He enjoys attending his children's soccer games, basketball games, and swim meets. He is also active in many outdoor activities and especially enjoys Nordic and Alpine skiing as well as mountain and road biking.


  • Undergraduate: Amherst College, Amherst, MA
  • Medical: University of Washington, Seattle, WA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Center for Sports Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine

Hospital Affiliations