Joseph Cunniff, D.O.

“As a spine specialist my first job is to identify the patient’s primary pain generator. Once an accurate diagnosis has been established I will work with the patient to develop a treatment plan which is specific to their needs.”

At Summit, each physician hand selects a team of medical and administrative professionals who work together to care for you, our patient. Read more about our team approach to care.

  • Charlotte D., Patient Coordinator


Medical School

  • Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine — Glendale, AZ
  • Western States Chiropractic College — Portland, OR

Undergraduate Studies
University of the State of New York — Albany, NY

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine — Rochester, MN

Interventional Spine, UMass Memorial Medical Center — Worcester, MA


  • Licensed in Utah, since April 2007
  • American Board of Pain Medicine
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Parts I and II
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, USMLE Step 1, 2, 3
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, COMLEX Level 1, 2, 3
  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Part 1, 2, 3, and physiotherapy

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • International Spine Intervention Society
  • Utah Academy of Pain Medicine


  • Utter A, Anderson M, Cunniff J, et al. “Video Fluoroscopic Analysis of the Effects of Three Commonly Prescribed Off-The Shelf Orthoses on Vertebral Motion.” Spine. 2010 May 20; 35(12): E525-E529.
  • Kaplan MS, Cunniff J, Cook J, Collins JG. “Intravascular Uptake During Fluoroscopically Guided Cervical Interlaminar Epidural Steroid Injections at C6-7: a case report.” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2008; 89:553-8.

Personal Interests

Martial Arts, Blues Guitar, Fine dining, Yoga, Fencing, Sailing, Deep sea fishing