Mark J. Cunningham

Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Mark J. Cunningham, MD

Areas of treatment:

Heart Disease (Adults)
Heart Transplantation


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Thoracic Surgery


  • Department of Surgery


  • English
  • Spanish

Mark J. Cunningham, MD

Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2

About this doctor:

Dr. Mark J. Cunningham is a native of New London Connecticut.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Dr. Cunningham completed his general surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center in 1997.  He then completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at USC in 2000.  Dr. Cunningham went into private practice for a year and was then recruited by the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  Since his recruitment he has been very involved with the teaching of their residents, both in the operating room and clinical setting.  He is also a key participant in the interview process and selection of future residents.  Dr. Cunningham is Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program and Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant Program.  He chairs the Information Technology Advisory Group for USC Care Medical Group.  Dr. Cunningham has also been working with Intuitive Surgical in training of coronary artery bypass, thoracic surgery, mitral valve repair, and arrhythmia surgery using the DaVinci Robotic Surgical system.  He is also participating with Medtronic in minimally invasive cardiac surgery training, which is a national training course for aortic and mitral valve repair and replacement.


B.S., Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Aeronautical Engineering, 1984
The College of William and Mary, Premedical Science, 1986
Doctor of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, 1992


Boston Medical Center, Boston University, General Surgery, 1992 - 1993


Boston Medical Center, Boston University, General Surgery, 1993 - 1996
Boston Medical Center, Boston University, General Surgery, Chief Resident, 1996 - 1997
Keck School of Medicine of USC, Cardiovascular Surgery, 1997 - 2000


Keck School of Medicine of USC, Cardiovascular Surgery, 1997 - 2000


American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Professional society memberships:

American College of Surgeons, 1993
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, 1993
Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 1999
American College of Surgeons, 2003
Heart Rhythm Society, 2006


Exchange Student to Chile, Rotary International
Youth Citizenship Award, Soroptomist Society,
Academic Scholarship, Trust of Herbert J. Reeves
Honor Student, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Honor Student, National Dean's List
Sigma Gamma Tau, National Aerospace Honor Society
Outstanding Performance Award, NASA Langley Research Center
Certificate of Appreciation, National Aerospace Plane Program
University of Miami Florida Keys Health Fair, Chairman