David Cunningham, PhD

David Cunningham

The MetroHealth System 

  • Staff Scientist, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Case Western Reserve University

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Broad Research Programs

  • Paralysis After Stroke
  • Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies



Dr. Cunningham is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine. His research is focused on improving rehabilitative outcomes for patients with chronic post-stroke hemiplegia by employing methods of non-invasive brain stimulation (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation). His expertise in these methods in conjunction with neuroimaging techniques (functional MRI, resting state MRI, diffusion tensor imaging) and single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation allows him to study neurophysiologic adaptations as a result of injury as well as recovery. At MetroHealth-CWRU, Dr. Cunningham is currently developing multi-modal approaches for post-stroke motor restoration that combines non-invasive brain stimulation and functional electrical stimulation.





Professional Society Memberships

    2012-2019    Society for Neuroscience  
    2012-2018    American Society of Neurorehabilitation


Specific Research Topics


Contact Information

MetroHealth Old Brooklyn Health Center
4229 Pearl Road, Suite N4-13
Cleveland OH, 44109
Phone: 216-957-3349
Email: [email protected]