Phillip D. Surface, D.O.

Dr. Philip D. Surface is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with professional interest in adult reconstruction (total joint replacement) surgery, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, hand surgery, trauma and pediatric orthopedic conditions. He is the President of Summit Orthopedics and the Medical Director of both Joint Connection, an innovative award winning joint replacement unit, and Orthopedic Surgical Services at Thomas Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Surface’s goal of providing outstanding medical care to patients from all walks of life took root in his hometown of Princeton, West Virginia. In the late 1980s, he took the first steps towards achieving this goal by enrolling in Concord University’s pre-medical studies program in Athens. His tireless dedication and academic prowess to the medical field continued, as he enrolled at the University of West Virginia’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. Following his graduation from med-school in 1992, Dr. Surface completed an internship at WVU/Charleston Area Medical Center. He then accepted the opportunity to expand his medical knowledge by completing an Orthopedic Surgery residency at Oklahoma State University, and a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery subspecialty residency at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington.

While in residency, Dr. Surface did not limit his time and talent to the operating room. He received special recognition for the development of Oklahoma State’s Orthopedic Surgery Residency Sports Medicine program, served as Chief Resident, and authored numerus scientific papers to expand the body of the knowledge in orthopedic medicine. However, one of his greatest achievements during this time was his instrumental role in the care of pediatric victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. In addition to arranging for these children to receive care, Dr. Surface also provided specialized Orthopedic Surgical treatment to many of the young victims. He also served as team physician-consultant for several organizations including professional, collegiate and high school teams, as they all worked to help those in need.

While maintaining a busy practice of patient care and surgery, Dr. Surface serves as Associate Clinical Professor at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and is a Clinical Instructor at Alderson-Broadous’ Physician Assistant Program. He has been involved in the design of surgical equipment and implants for twelve-years, with special skills in design, implementation and maintenance of service line care systems. He is the current President of the Sports Medicine Section of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.

Annie Cunningham, PA-C

Annie Cunningham, PA-C has been a nationally certified Physician Assistant for 7 years and has recently joined Dr. Surface and staff at Summit Orthopedics.
Annie was born and raised right here in Scott Depot, WV. She graduated from Cross Lanes Christian School in 2005 with the Principal’s Award and was inducted into the National Honors Society. At that time she also served on many missions trips through her church. This included New York City in 2004 when the aftermath of 9-11 was still very new and the small islands of the Lesser Antilles just off the coast of South America in 2005 where she was part of the Hurricane Emily disaster relief.

A career in medicine was always something Annie wanted to pursue. She started out as a volunteer at Thomas Memorial Hospital as young as junior high where she was exposed to various fields of medicine and received the Thomas Memorial Volunteer Scholarship Award. Thomas Hospital has literally been the very place where it all began as it is not only her birthplace but also the place where she learned to love medicine.

Having watched her mother make a successful career as a Surgical Physician Assistant at Thomas further inspired Annie to do the same. She was accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at Alderson-Broaddus University, where her mother also attended, immediately after high school. During her time there, she was nominated and served as Secretary of the Hu C. Myers Society of the PA Program, received the Clinical Skills Teaching Assistant of the Year Award in 2009 and the Hu C. Myers Leadership Award.

Annie did her clinical rotations primarily at Thomas Memorial Hospital and specifically rotated as a student with Dr. Surface during her Orthopedic rotation in 2009.
She has worked in Family Medicine in South Charleston, WV at a private practice as well as in Emergency Medicine at Thomas Memorial ED over her 7 year span as a Physician Assistant.

Thomas Hospital is where she grew up from a young age learning from the very nurses, physician assistants and physicians that she now works side by side with today.
Annie is passionate about her profession as a Physician Assistant and welcomes up and coming Physician Assistant Students by serving as a Clinical Preceptor for the Alderson-Broaddus PA Program.

Annie married her husband, Eddie who is a Registered Nurse at CAMC, right at the beginning of her career in 2012. They have one son, Charlie, who was just born December 2016 at Thomas Memorial and is the absolute light of their lives.

Annie spends most of her time dedicated to spending it with family as that is everything that represents what she is about personally and professionally.

Morgan Phillips, Clinical Manager

Morgan is a Registered Radiologic Technologist. She joined the practice two years ago, and has quickly worked her way from X-ray Tech to Office Manager. She graduated on the dean’s list at Marshall University with a Bachelors in Biology, and earned her Associates in Applied Science along with a certificate for Radiologic Technology at Collins Career Center in Chesapeake, Ohio. Shortly after joining our practice, Morgan married her husband Aaron. Together they raise a rambunctious, but adorable toddler named Isabella.

Morgan is currently attending Marshall University once more to earn her Bachelors in Nursing, a field she is extremely passionate about. She takes great pride in serving our patient’s in many areas including; workers compensation, insurance problems, surgical questions, and many more. She plans on using her education to benefit our practice, and help her patients navigate their way through their Orthopedic problems.