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Seth A Cheatham, MD

Seth A Cheatham, MD

out of 5
280 Ratings


Sports Medicine


Orthopaedic Surgery


Sports Medicine

1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
Richmond, VA 23284
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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; Microfracture); 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; Fractures)

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Ratings & Reviews

280 Ratings

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Dr. Cheatham offered me 2 options for next steps. He explained both carefully and answered my follow up questions. He provided the +/- of each but ultimately let me decide. It was fantastic.
June 2023
[...] Seth Cheatham is AWESOME [...]
June 2023
This was an exceptional visit. I felt heard and respected. I value the skill and knowledge of the providers in this practice.
June 2023
Up to this point I am very confident & pleased with the doctor.
May 2023
Very good
February 2023
Dr. Cheatham was polite, understanding, and highly informative and supportive. In my opinion, he is an exceptional physician and I would highly recommend him to any of my friends or family.
February 2023
Intervention improved my issue within hours. Very pleased with this visit.
January 2023
Staff were professional and attentive.
January 2023
Dr. Cheatham made me feel like I was in good hands.
January 2023
I have already recommended Dr. Cheatham to others.
December 2022
I have received excellent care from Dr. CHEATHAM. Completely trust his decisions and care he has provided.
September 2022
Dr. Cheatham is the best ever doctor. He always listens is patient and kind.
July 2022
Knee injections was done so well!!
June 2022
I Have already recommended Dr. Cheatham to some of co-workers
February 2022
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
Wish I had found out about him sooner.
December 2020
No bad experience.
November 2020
All healthcare providers were excellent.
November 2020
I love my new knee. Could not be happier. I enjoy my job and life with no pain in my left knee! I love it!
November 2020
Dr. was too rushed and not personable, felt like I was just a number checked off for the day.
November 2020
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