Lisa Cunningham

Lisa Cunningham, MD

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Physician

Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery

4.8 out of 5
  • 82 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 39 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

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

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

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

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.

82 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.6 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.9 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Mar 04, 2022

    Straight forward described the condition. Made a treatment schedule promptly.

  • Reviewed on Mar 02, 2022

    No bad experiences.

  • Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

    They were so helpful and supportive.

  • Reviewed on Jan 22, 2022

    She always listens, always explains everything & always brings in the other surgeon to make sure I have no questions on his part also.

  • Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

    All great.

  • Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

    None they did good.

  • Reviewed on Dec 18, 2021

    Dr. Lisa Cunningham is seriously amazing.... Like Superwoman amazing. Her bedside manner is phenomenal. She's honest, kind, thorough, and explains things in an easy to understand manner. I never thought I would enjoy seeing a doctor as much as I enjoy seeing her. I wish she did general medicine so that she would be my primary care physician :-)

  • Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

    Dr. Cunningham does excellent work, and seems very knowledgeable.

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 10/25/2021, Dr. Cunningham has reported no relationships with companies or entities.