Steven C. Cunningham, MD, FACS

Dr. Cunningham is a board-certified general surgeon who is currently serving as the Director of Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Saint Agnes Hospital Center and Cancer Institute.  He is also the Director of Research there, where he oversees the scholarly activity of resident and staff physicians in the graduate medical education program.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has been practicing surgery since 2010.  He is fellowship-trained in both pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgery and in research oncology, both fellowships from John Hopkins University.

He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in 2001. He then went on to complete his residency at the University of Maryland in general surgery.  Dr. Cunningham graduated from Creighton University with a BS in Chemistry and a second major in Spanish.  He then did two years of research at the National Institutes of Health under the Predoctoral Intramural Research Training Award.

Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Patel work together as a team to offer world-class, multidisciplinary, thoughtful, personalized, and minimally invasive evaluation and treatment of pancreatic, biliary and liver diseases, both benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancer surgery).  He is dedicated to providing excellent care that is tailored to each patient.  He approaches surgery with an empathetic perspective and strives for a meaningful impact in his patients’ lives. Recognizing that having to go see a surgeon - let alone having a major operation - can be a difficult life event for patients and families, even though it is routine from the surgeon's perspective, he has a knack for putting patients at ease, while still presenting the options in a straight-forward, easy-to-understand way.  He was named Top Doc in 2018.

He is also dedicated to advancing the future of medicine and surgery through education and research.  He has been a prolific medical author, with over 100 contributions to medical journals, guidelines, and textbooks, and is a member of the Society for Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the Association for Academic Surgery, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Much of his research focuses on gallbladder surgery and gallbladder cancer, as well as pancreatic and liver disease.  A full list of his publications, as well as patient reviews, awards, and more, can be found here.

He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado.  When not in the office, hospital, or operating room, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.  He also enjoys writing children's books and poetry, studying religion, as well as staying active with gymnastics and running.

In Affiliation With Saint Agnes Healthcare


For more than 150 years, Saint Agnes Hospital has been dedicated to the art of healing by providing exceptional care to the greater Baltimore area. Built on a strong foundation of excellent medical care and compassion, Saint Agnes is committed to providing the best care for our patients for many years to come.