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Michael Cheatham
Member of Orlando Health Medical Group Member of Orlando Health Medical Group

Michael L. Cheatham, MD - General Surgery

Orlando Health Medical Group Surgery

Address: 77 W. Underwood St.
3rd Floor
Orlando, FL 32806

Call: 407.649.6884

Fax: 407.245.7059

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Michael Cheatham, MD, joined the surgical team at Orlando Health in 1996. He is a member of Orlando Health Medical Group Surgery 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.

Board Certifications

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Academic Information

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Medical Education

Vanderbilt University

Residency

Vanderbilt University

Fellowship

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Abscess Skin Surgery

Abscess Skin Surgery

Our general surgery team will determine the reason for your abscess, which is a swollen infection formed from bacteria under the skin, and develop a targeted treatment plan that’s right for you.

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Adrenal Gland Surgery

Adrenal Gland Surgery

Your adrenal gland may need to be removed if it develops a malignant, or cancerous, tumor. Our surgeons may use minimally invasive techniques to reduce your pain and recovery time.

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Appendicitis

Appendicitis

If your appendix is infected, it must be removed immediately. Our surgeons can remove your appendix using robotic-assisted or laparoscopic surgery, reducing bleeding, pain and recovery time.

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Bowel Obstruction

Bowel Obstruction

Your treatment will depend on the cause of your bowel obstruction. We may use minimally invasive or open surgery to clear the blockage and either repair or remove damaged parts of your intestine.

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Burn Skin Surgery

Burn Skin Surgery

Our burn care team will evaluate your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan to minimize your pain and recovery time and to ensure you have the best care possible.

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Complex Hernia

Complex Hernia

Complex hernia surgery often may be performed on an outpatient basis, to be followed by a minimal recovery period. Our surgical team will evaluate your specific condition and propose treatment options.

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Cyst Skin Surgery

Cyst Skin Surgery

Our general surgery team will diagnose your cyst or cysts, which may appear under the skin anywhere on the body. We then will develop a targeted treatment plan personalized for your condition.

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Femoral Hernia

Femoral Hernia

Femoral hernia surgery often can be performed on an outpatient basis, followed by a minimal recovery period. Our surgical team will evaluate your specific condition and propose treatment options.

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Gallstones

Gallstones

Our surgeons may use minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery to remove your gallbladder, the most common treatment to relieve the symptoms of gallstones.

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Incisional Hernia

Incisional Hernia

Incisional hernia surgery often can be performed on an outpatient basis, with a minimal recovery period. Our surgical team will evaluate your specific condition and propose treatment options.

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Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal Hernia

Our surgical team will evaluate your inguinal hernia and propose treatment options. If surgery is recommended, you may be able to go home on the same day and enjoy a quick recovery.

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Intestinal Fistula

Intestinal Fistula

A fistula that does not heal on its own may require surgery to remove it along with some of the surrounding intestinal tissue. Our surgeons may perform several procedures to complete the repair.

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Laceration Skin Surgery

Laceration Skin Surgery

Based on your medical history and other factors, our doctors will evaluate your wound and determine the best way to repair it, prevent infection and reduce scarring.

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Lipoma Skin Surgery

Lipoma Skin Surgery

Our general surgery team will diagnose your lipoma, a type of fatty lump under the skin, and develop a targeted treatment plan for you that may include tests to determine if the lump is cancerous.

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Lump Skin Surgery

Lump Skin Surgery

Our general surgery team will diagnose your lump and determine the best treatment based on whether it is a typical lump, or in rare cases, an indication of cancer.

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Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis

If your chronic pancreatitis does not respond to medicine and you have dilated pancreatic ducts, we may recommend surgery to relieve blockage or to remove the pancreas, in part or entirely.

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Spleen

Spleen

When your injured or diseased spleen must be removed, you may qualify for minimally invasive surgery performed by our experienced doctors. This may reduce scarring and lessen your recovery time.

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Stomach Ulcers

Stomach Ulcers

While medication frequently resolves or improves ulcers, you may need emergency surgery if you develop a bleeding or perforated ulcer or if the outlet from your stomach is obstructed.

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Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery

Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery

If we determine your thyroid or parathyroid glands should be removed, our skilled surgeons may use minimally invasive methods that can reduce your post-operative pain and recovery time.

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Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical hernia surgery often can be performed on an outpatient basis, with a minimal recovery period. Our surgical team will evaluate your specific condition and propose treatment options.

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Ventral Hernia

Ventral Hernia

Ventral hernia surgery often can be performed on an outpatient basis, followed by a brief recovery period. Our surgical team will evaluate your specific condition and propose treatment options.

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