Seth A. Cheatham, M.D. Assistant professor

Seth Cheatham, M.D.

Office information and hours

VCU Sports Medicine Clinic
1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
P.O. Box 843027
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3027
For appointments, call (804) 828-7069
Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Second, fourth and fifth Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to noon

VCU Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center
417 N. 11st Street
For appointments, call (804) 828-7069
First and third Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Dr. Seth Cheatham specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy. Interests include complex knee ligament reconstruction, revision ACL reconstruction, double-bundle ACL reconstruction, meniscus repair, meniscus transplantation, cartilage restoration surgery, arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, ankle arthroscopy, and foot/ankle sports injuries.

Board certification and licensure

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

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

Professional affiliations

Dr. Cheatham is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Virginia Orthopaedic Society and the Richmond Orthopaedic Club.

Professional achievements

Dr. Cheatham serves as a team physician for Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University and St. Paul’s College. In the past, he has also 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.

Recent publications

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cheatham SA, Hosey RG, Johnson DL. Performance Enhancing Drugs and Today’s Athlete: A Growing Concern. Orthopedics 2008; 31(10):1014-1017.
  • Cheatham SA, Mair SD. Arthroscopic Technique for the Evaluation and Treatment of Posterior Shoulder Instability. Orthopedics 2009; 32(3):194-197.
  • Cheatham SA, Johnson DL. Controversies in ACL Reconstruction: Anatomic Revision ACL Reconstruction. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. (In publication)

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. (In publication)
  • Cheatham SA, Johnson DL. Lateral Meniscus Tranplant. In: Fu FH, editor. Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: Sports Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (In publication)


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