Lisa Cunningham

Lisa Cunningham, MD

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Physician

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5
  • 53 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 23 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


About Me

As a colorectal surgeon, I'm passionate about providing patient-centered care and educating the next generation of physicians. I'm an advocate for my patients, which means I take the time to really listen to their needs and see the best ways to help each patient. I love providing specialty colorectal surgical care at Ohio State's East Hospital because many of our patients come from underserved communities.

I chose to stay in academic medicine because I enjoy teaching and the environment of inquiry and collegiality that is present when it comes to specialized care. Ohio State is the best place to receive treatment because there are so many excellent physicians here who provide comprehensive quality care to treat the whole patient, not just the disease. We are on the front lines of research and education, keeping up to date with current therapies. I serve on the Endoscopy Enterprise Council to continuously look for ways to improve patient care.

At the Ohio State College of Medicine, I'm an instructor for the Longitudinal Learning Program for first-year medical students as well as an instructor for third and fourth-year medical students during surgical rotations. I'm also very involved in surgery resident and colorectal surgery fellow education. I am passionate about teaching and am currently enrolled in the FAME Educator Development Program and will soon be starting a one-year Surgical Education Research Fellowship with the Association of Surgical Education while also maintaining my clinical duties.

When I'm not at work, I enjoy reading, crocheting, watching movies, gardening and hanging out with my two cats, Jackson and Grayson.

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Crohn Disease
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Robotics
  • Colorectal Cancers
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Pelvic Floor Disorders
  • Colon Cancers
  • Cecal Cancer
  • Appendix Cancer
  • Adenomatous Polyposis Coli
  • Gardner Syndrome
  • Rectal Cancers
  • Sigmoid Cancer
  • Anal Cancers
  • Chilaiditi Syndrome
  • Colitis, Ischemic
  • Diverticulitis, Colonic
  • Hirschsprung Disease
  • Megacolon, Toxic
  • Megacolon
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Rectal Fistula
  • Rectal Diseases
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Rectocele
  • Colitis
  • Diverticulitis

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location. Please call the “Schedule an appointment” number shown above for scheduling assistance.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, FL
5/1/2009 - 5/18/2013


Halifax Health System, ,

7/1/2013 - 6/30/2015


University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Jacksonville, FL

7/1/2015 - 6/30/2018


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

8/1/2018 - 7/31/2019

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery

Academic Information

My Department


My Division

Colon and Rectal Surgery


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

53 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

    Provider listened to everything I had to say, asked me a lost of questions, explained everything in an understandable way and presented me with a follow up care plan.

  • Reviewed on Mar 27, 2021

    She was amazing, very compassionate and listened to what I had to say.

  • Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

    Dr. Cunningham is fantastic. She put me at ease for the exam. She explained her plan of care for me. She was adamant about getting all testing appt. set up before I left the clinic. She also did referrals for a couple oncologists while I was there.

  • Reviewed on Mar 05, 2021

    instilled confidence that I made the right choice in coming to the James OSU system.

  • Reviewed on Feb 05, 2021

    Great doctor. Always is very caring.

  • Reviewed on Jan 04, 2021

    She is empathetic and warm, smart and kind - I like her -

  • Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

    No issues.

  • Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

    Dr. Cunningham is very empathetic. She was kind & made a potentially embarrassing situation more comfortable.

  • Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

    Took time to answer my questions. put me at ease

  • Reviewed on Nov 04, 2020

    My care provider was an EXPERT - the expert - that I've needed to see for months. She listened so well, knew exactly what I was experiencing, diagnosed it immediately (when previous physicians I have seen were not specialized enough to do so correctly), answered my questions clearly & comprehensively, engaged with me, put together a clear plan for treatment that finally left me feeling hopeful.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Cunningham has reported no relationships with companies or entities.