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Seth A Cheatham, MD

Seth A Cheatham, MD

out of 5
267 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, Past President
  • Richmond Orthopaedic Club, President
  • Medical Society of Virginia

Professional Activity/Team Coverage

  • Medical Director, VCU Sports Medicine
  • Head Team Physician and Chief Medical Officer, VCU Athletics
  • Head Team Physician, Virginia State University Athletics

For a list of publications, please visit PubMed.

Honors and awards

  • Richmond Magazine “Top Doc” in Sports Medicine: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013
  • Richmond Magazine “Top Doc” in Pediatric Sports Medicine: 2016
  • Our Health Magazine Best Bedside Manner in Sports Medicine: 2019
  • VCU Trauma Shining Knight: 2019, 2018

Clinical Interests

Complex Knee Ligament Reconstruction
Revision ACL Reconstruction
Anatomic ACL Reconstruction
Meniscus Repair
Meniscus Transplant
Cartilage Restoration (MACI
Osteochondral Allografts
Patella Stabilization and Realignment Procedures
Primary Knee Replacement Surgery
Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization
Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repairs
Superior Capsular Reconstruction
Elbow Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction
General Sports Medicine Injuries (Tendon Ruptures
Muscle Sprains

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Sports Medicine

1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
Richmond, VA 23284

Ratings & Reviews

267 Ratings

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Dr. Cheatham was very knowledgeable and caring.
September 2021
Dr. Cheatham is the ABSOLUTE best. I am a teacher and know the importance of allowing "learners" to practice but Dr. Cheatham is my favorite and no. #1 at what he does.
September 2021
Very impressed with Dr. Cheatham. He explained the injury and images very clearly. When discussing the care plan, he asked me about my preferences. He laid out several options so we could choose what worked for me. It was a great partnership. I would highly recommend him!
August 2021
I am very pleased with the care Dr. Cheatham provide.
April 2021
This is the third time I have used the VCU Sports Medicine Center for an orthopedic issue. I keep returning because the doctors treat me, an older woman, with as much respect and concern as they would show to young athletes. I never felt as if I were in the wrong place, though I am not much of a sports person.
March 2021
Dr. Cheatham was very professional and clear in his explanations about my condition. He was very personable at the same time and the treatment he suggested and provided was clearly explained. He was very proficient in using the time to treat me and also attentive to my questions. He gave me great confidence in what he ws suggesting.
March 2021
I have had 4 surgeries with Dr. Cheatham & have complete confidence in him. That is why I come back.
March 2021
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