Although Dr. Cusick possesses more than 20 years of experience in medicine, his career began with running an antique musical instrument restoration business. He opened the business, which he continues to manage today, in 1975 and was able to use the income to support himself through college.
Dr. Cusick attended Kansas University, where he majored in business administration and minored in chemistry. While there, he became a member of the Mortar Board, a prestigious national organization for college seniors who exhibit significant achievements in scholarship, service, and leadership. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1981.
After working briefly at Rockwell International as a financial analyst, Dr. Cusick entered the School of Medicine at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1982. Over the next decade he went on to obtain his degree in medicine, complete a general surgery internship, and finish two surgery residencies. The internship and first residency were at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California; Dr. Cusick returned to Kansas to complete his second residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He established his Leawood practice in 1992.
Beyond his work in his private practice, Dr. J. Douglas Cusick is actively involved in the Medical Missions Foundation, located in Leawood. He is the organization's former treasurer, as well as a current member of the Board of Advisors. Dr. Cusick participates in medical missions in Mexico, South America, Asia, and Europe to perform restorative surgeries for those in need.