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Garden City resident Leslie Cunningham, MD, PhD, recently joined the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital as an attending vascular surgeon. With military surgical experience from Walter Reed Army Center to Fallujah, Iraq, Dr. Cunningham brings extensive experience treating a wide variety of vascular problems, including vascular reconstruction following failed bypass surgery and repair of complex vascular injuries. He is a welcome addition to the multidisciplinary team of specialists at Winthrop.

Board certified in General and Vascular Surgery, Dr. Cunningham most recently served as Commander in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Cunningham’s military career included serving as Ship’s Surgeon for the USS George Washington and operational tours aboard USNS Mercy, the USS John C. Stennis and deployment with the 1st Marine Division to Fallujah, Iraq. Dr. Cunningham also served as a clinical rotation mentor and lecturer for Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine, and was a faculty member for the Vascular Surgery fellowship based at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Cunningham’s post-graduate clinical training included a John Homan’s Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and a residency in General Surgery at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He received his Medical Degree from Boston University School of Medicine, where he also earned a PhD in Physiology and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. Dr. Cunningham has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has presented peer-reviewed research at national meetings.

Beyond his extraordinary training and experiences, Dr. Cunningham demonstrates a remarkably warm and reassuring clinical approach with his patients.

The Vascular Disease Center at Winthrop-University Hospital provides vascular disorder patients with comprehensive care rendered by a cohesive team of exceptionally proficient and experienced professionals, who coordinate the utilization of their distinctive skills and always bear in mind the critical role of the patient’s primary physician. In the Vascular Disease Center at Winthrop, the management of patients has been streamlined and coordinated so that duplication of procedures and tests is reduced, a patient-friendly environment is maintained and patient outcomes and satisfaction are increased.

For additional information about thoracic and cardiovascular care at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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