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Kenneth Cummings, III, MD

Kenneth Cummings, III, MD
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Department Anesthesiology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus



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About Kenneth Cummings, III, MD

Dr. Cummings is a Staff Anesthesiologist at Cleveland Clinic and Director of the Center for Perioperative Medicine in the Integrated Hospital-Care Institute. He also serves as  the medical director of Cleveland Clinic's preoperative clinic systems in Ohio, responsible for approximately 90,000 patient encounters per year.  His clinical interests include preoperative evaluation and optimization, acute pain management, and perioperative medicine.

Dr. Cummings is an active researcher, participating in a number of clinical trials and large registry studies.  His areas of research interest include perioperative cognitive dysfunction, regional anesthesia, and outcomes after cancer surgery.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Residency - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, MO

Internship - Saint John's Mercy Medical Center
St. Louis, MO

Medical Education - Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Undergraduate - Washington University
St. Louis, MO

Additional Training

  • Master of Science in Clinical Research, Case Western Reserve University, 2011
  • Perioperative Medicine fellowship, Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement, 2022-2023

Professional Highlights

  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
  • Director, Center for Perioperative Medicine, Integrated Hospital-Care Institute


  • Anesthesiology

Specialty Interests

acute postoperative pain management, ambulatory anesthesia, anesthesia for trauma surgery, anesthesiology, anesthesiology and pain, anesthesiology practice, clinical research, difficult airway management, general anesthesiology, neuroanesthesia, orthopaedic, outpatient anesthesia, peripheral nerve blocks, regional and obstetric anesthesiology, total intravenous anesthesia

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Fellow of Perioperative Medicine
  • Fellow, American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Member, Association of University Anesthesiologists
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society


  • Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement
  • Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Association of University Anesthesiologists
  • International Anesthesia Research Society
  • Case comprehensive Cancer Center
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/17/2024, Dr. Cummings, III has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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