Michael Cheatham, MD, joined the surgical team at Orlando Health in 1996. He is a member of Orlando Health Physicians Surgical Group and currently holds multiple positions, including chief surgical quality officer at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center, program director of the General Surgery Residency and chairman for the Department of Surgical Education. Dr. Cheatham is board certified in both general surgery and surgical critical care.
Dr. Cheatham earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, and completed his general surgery residency training and a two-year surgical critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He currently holds faculty appointments at the University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Central Florida.
Dr. Cheatham specializes in hernia repair, and is past president of the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome. His research into the cardiopulmonary effects of increased intra-abdominal and intra-thoracic pressure spans almost two decades. His current research interests include intra-abdominal pressure measurement; the use of advanced hemodynamic monitoring in intra-abdominal hypertension and abdominal compartment syndrome; improved management and closure of the open abdomen; and the long-term health effects of abdominal decompression. He has published almost 200 abstracts, manuscripts and book chapters.
Dr. Cheatham is active in medical missions and international disaster relief through Samaritan’s Purse and World Medical Mission, Inc., where he has served on the board of directors since 2008. He has volunteered his time as a short-term missionary in Africa, Asia and South America since 1986. Additionally, Dr. Cheatham is fluent in Spanish.