Seth Cheatham, M.D.

Seth A. Cheatham, M.D.

Associate professor, Department of orthopaedic Surgery

Office information and hours

VCU Sports Medicine Clinic
1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
P.O. Box 843027
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3027
Appointments: (804) 828-0713
Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to noon

“Dr. Cheatham is intelligent, compassionate and patient. He will sit there and talk with you until all your questions are completely answered.”

– Sarah White, patient

Educational background

  • Fellowship: sports medicine, University of Kentucky
  • Residency: orthopaedic surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
  • Medical school: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate study: Emory University


  • Complex knee ligament reconstruction
  • Revision ACL reconstruction
  • Anatomic single and double-bundle ACL reconstructions
  • Meniscus repair
  • Meniscus transplantation
  • Cartilage restoration surgery
  • Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Foot and ankle sports injuries

Board certification and licensure

  • Licensed, Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine
  • Board certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Virginia Orthopaedic Society
  • Richmond Orthopaedic Club

Professional achievements

Dr. Cheatham serves as a team physician for VCU and Virginia Union University. He also helps provide coverage for the Richmond Flying Squirrels and served as a team physician for the University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Horsemen arena football team.

Current research

Dr. Cheatham's research focuses on knee and shoulder arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction.


The following list includes publications by Dr. Cheatham:

  • Cheatham SA, Johnson DL. Anticipating Problems Unique to Revision ACL Surgery. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review 2013;21(2):129-134.
  • Chloros GD, Razavi A, Cheatham SA. Complete Avulsion of the Patellar Tendon Off the Tibial Tubercle in an Adult Without Predisposing Factors: A Case Report. Journal of Orthopaedic Science 2012 (online).
  • Cheatham SA, Yen Shipley N. Current Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries. European Musculoskeletal Review 2012; 7(3):178-182.
  • Cheatham SA, Johnson DL. Current Concepts in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries. The Physician and Sports Medicine 2010; 38(3):61-68.
  • Cheatham SA, Johnson DL. Controversies in ACL Reconstruction: Anatomic Revision ACL Reconstruction. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review 2010; 18(1):33-39.
  • Cheatham SA, Mair SD. Arthroscopic Technique for the Evaluation and Treatment of Posterior Shoulder Instability. orthopaedics 2009; 32(3):194-197.
  • Cheatham SA, Hosey RG, Johnson DL. Performance Enhancing Drugs and Today’s Athlete: A Growing Concern. orthopaedics 2008; 31(10):1014-1017.
  • Isaacs JE, Cheatham SA, Gagnon EB, Razavi A, McDowell CL. Reverse End-to-Side Neurotization in a Regenerating Nerve. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 2008; 24(7):489-496.
  • Lauder AJ, Cheatham SA, Garvin KL. Unsuspected Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Discovered With Routine Histopathology After Elective Total Hip Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty 2004; 19(8):1055-1060.
  • Porter TR, Kricsfeld D, Cheatham S, Li S. Effect of Blood and Microbubble Oxygen and Nitrogen Content on Perfluorocarbon-Filled Dextrose Albumin Microbubble Size and Efficacy: In Vitro and In Vivo Studies. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography 1998; 11: 421-425
  • Porter TR, Kricsfeld D, Cheatham S, Li S. The Effect of Ultrasound Frame Rate on Perfluorocarbon-exposed Dextrose Albumin Microbubble Size and Concentration when Insonifying at Different Flow Rates, Transducer Frequencies, and Acoustic Outputs. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography 1997; 10: 593-601.

Book chapters

  • Cheatham SA, Johnson DL. Knee Ligament Injuries. In: Moorman CT, Kirkendall D, editors. The Praeger Handbook of Sports Medicine and Athlete Health. Volume 2: Athlete Health, Injuries, and Their Prevention. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. November, 2010.
  • Cheatham SA, Johnson DL. Lateral Meniscus Tranplant. In: Fu FH, editor. Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: Sports Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. November, 2010.
  • Cheatham SA, Johnson DL. Revision ACL Based Multiple Ligament Knee Surgery. In: Fanelli GC, editor. The Multiple Ligament Injured Knee: A Practical Guide to Management, 2nd edition. Springer-Verlag, New York, LLC. April, 2011.


  • Cheatham SA, Johnson DL. Revision ACL Reconstruction. In: AAOS Arthroscopic Surgical Techniques 2009.
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