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Seth A Cheatham, MD

out of 5
296 Ratings


Sports Medicine


Sports Medicine
1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
Richmond, VA 23284


Orthopaedic Surgery


Medical School

University of Nebraska College of Medicine


VCU Medical Center


Orthopaedic Surgery, VCU Medical Center


Sports Medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine


‘The opportunity to help someone is extremely rewarding’

As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Seth Cheatham treats athletes of all ages and skills – from youth stars to student-athletes at colleges and schools in central Virginia to the region’s many “weekend warriors” and amateurs. In addition to broken bones, tendon ruptures or fractures, Dr. Cheatham sees patients with knee and shoulder injuries such as ACL and meniscus tears, dislocations, cartilage injuries, rotator cuff or labral tears, and shoulder instability.

“From the moment a patient walks in the door, they will receive outstanding service and the assurance that I will take the time to listen and do my very best to come up with a treatment plan together,” says Dr. Cheatham, a Richmond Magazine “Top Doc” who accompanied the VCU men’s basketball team the Final Four in 2011 as its team physician. “The opportunity to help someone stay active and return to what they love to do is extremely rewarding.”

For more complex cases, VCU Health’s orthopaedic team offers multidisciplinary care – unique to sports medicine offerings elsewhere – that tap into the expertise of providers from several specialties, including physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), family medicine and internal medicine, and the services of athletic trainers and sports physical therapists. Arthroscopic techniques – which use minimally invasive cameras to diagnose and treat orthopaedic conditions – are also constantly being refined and improved, he says.

But it’s not just medical treatment or a surgery that leads to positive outcomes for the patient, he adds. “Never underestimate the power of having a positive attitude,” says Dr. Cheatham. “Those who believe they will get better, and put forth the effort, often will.”

Research Interests

Dr. Cheatham has published extensive research on ACL reconstructions and is leading development of a multiligamentous knee injury registry at VCU Medical Center.

Professional affiliations

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

Professional activity/Team Coverage

  • Team Physician Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics
  • Team Physician Virginia Union University Athletics
  • Team Physician Virginia State University Athletics
  • Team Physician Richard Bland College Athletics
  • Team Physician Maggie Walker High School
  • Team Physician Longwood University Athletics
  • Team Physician VCU Club sports
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels

 Honors and awards

  • Richmond Magazine “Top Doc” in Sports Medicine

Clinical Interests

Complex Knee Ligament Reconstruction
Revision ACL Reconstruction
Anatomic single- and double-bundle ACL Reconstruction
Meniscus Repair
Meniscus Transplant
Cartilage Restoration Surgery
Knee replacement surgery
Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization
Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs
Ankle Arthroscopy
Tendon ruptures
Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries


Sports Medicine

1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
Richmond, VA 23284

Ratings & Reviews

296 Ratings

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I have referred & they have an appointment.
February 2021
Dr. Cheatham was great! Knowledgeable, & compassionate.
October 2020
Very good [...]
October 2020
Great provider! Very caring. Sincerely wants to help the patient with their health problems.
October 2020
Dr. Cheatham treated my foot after a very bad crush injury. Without his care, I may have lost my foot. He has given my excellent care. Highly recommend him. Very professional, attentive, and shows concern.
September 2020
great experience. I recommend this place to everyone I know.
May 2020
Dr. Cheatham really is the best. He is professional, curious, and easy to express concerns with. During my pre and post op visits he has been very receptive to help me with recovering. I have been included in decisions that have been made.
May 2020
Amazing provider!! I will see no one else moving forward!
March 2020
Dr Cheatham is the best ever doctor
November 2019
Very thorough!! Spent plenty of time explaining steps in recovery etc. Very confident in his advice and willingness to continue to follow up. Highly recommend!!
October 2019
excellent doctor
October 2019
Doctor was very good.
October 2019
Dr. Cheatham is an excellent doctor. He has operated on both knees successfully & always helpful when I see him.
September 2019
Great doctor & staff.
August 2019
I trust him.
August 2019
Dr. Cheatham is an excellent care provider - top notch!
August 2019
good experience
June 2019
I've already recommended Dr. Cheatham to a coworker.
June 2019
Dr. Cheatham is great, friendly and knowledgeable.
April 2019
Dr. Cheatham was awesome!!
March 2019
It is evident that this practice aspires to excellence [...].
March 2019
I got a Cortisone shot in my knee and Dr. Cheatham was great because he knew how I feel about needles. Very compassionate. He talked to me the whole time and it was over before I knew it.
March 2019
November 2018
Dr. Cheatham is direct and honest, compassionate, caring and brilliant. I am so thankful and blessed to have the best doctor taking care of me.
October 2018
They were good.
October 2018
June 2018