Welcome Leslie Cunningham, M.D., Ph.D.

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Welcome Leslie Cunningham, M.D., Ph.D.

Center for Vein Restoration (CVR) proudly welcomes vein physician Leslie Cunningham, M.D., Ph.D., to CVR’s Midland, Michigan, Saginaw, Michigan, and Lansing, Michigan locations. Dr. Cunningham is both a devoted physician and a caring teacher. He provides his patients with the information they need to partner in the decision-making process regarding venous insufficiency (vein disease) management and treatment.

A dedicated vascular surgeon with years of medical military service experience, he has devoted his career to treating the pain and discomfort caused by venous and lymphatic disease. He is board-certified in Vascular Surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Cunningham views his role as a teacher and collaborator with his patients. He works together with his patients as a team, helping patients overcome and manage vein disease and live their best life.

"Sharing information with patients is the biggest service I provide, and the patient is in control."

– Dr. Leslie Cunningham

In this candid interview, you will learn more about Dr. Cunningham from the doctor himself. He explains why chose vein care as his specialty, his unique skills, and what he wants patients and referring providers to know about him.

Get to Know Dr. Leslie Cunningham

During his time serving as a physician in the Navy, Dr. Cunningham encountered many young, otherwise healthy individuals who suffered from the symptoms of vein disease. These patients profoundly impacted Dr. Cunningham, mainly because these patients often have no apparent signs of vein disease such as varicose veins, swelling, or skin discoloration. Only through ultrasound examination can venous insufficiency be confirmed and the discomfort treated.

Dr. Cunningham earned his medical and Ph.D. degrees at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his residency in general surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, and his vascular fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Cunningham’s Military Service

Ship’s Surgeon, USS George Washington; Chief of Division, Vascular Surgery, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland; Operational Experience with humanitarian efforts aboard the USNS Mercy in Nias, Indonesia, and deployment in support of the United States Marines, Fallujah, Iraq.

Dr. Cunningham’s Philosophy of Patient Care

Empathy is an essential aspect of Dr. Cunningham’s practice. He says, “I can list the schools I’ve attended or the degrees I’ve attained; however, the most important thing I can share with my patients is human understanding.”

Vein Treatment Options

Dr. Cunningham provides a variety of treatment modalities to eliminate painful and unsightly varicose veins and other symptoms of vein disease. All treatments are minimally invasive and performed as an outpatient in a comfortable office setting. Most procedures take less than an hour to complete and require little to no local anesthetic. These include:


This in-office procedure is used to close a damaged vein. Sclerotherapy techniques include visual and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. During both approaches, Dr. Cunningham uses a medication called a sclerosant to close malfunctioning veins so that the blood can flow freely to nearby healthier veins.

Thermal ablation

Both radiofrequency ablation and laser ablation require only a local anesthetic, and the patient can return to normal activity immediately with few restrictions.

Adhesive vein closure

Medical grade glue is used to close veins. Blood is then rerouted to healthy veins. These vein closure procedures are performed quickly in an office setting, and no anesthesia is needed.

Schedule a Vein Appointment with Dr. Cunningham

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Leslie Cunningham or any of the experienced, highly qualified CVR vein experts call 240-965-3915 or schedule online HERE.

Treatment is covered by most major insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid.

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