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James Bates MD

(619) 286-9480
Primary Specialties
  • Orthopedic Surgery (Board Certified)
  • Affiliations
  • Alvarado Hospital
  • Alvarado/Helix Sports Medicine and Orthopedics
    • Additional Languages Spoken
      English and German

    Primary Office

    5555 Reservoir Dr., Suite 104
    San Diego, CA 92120
    (619) 286-4568
    Web Page:


    Medical School: University of Cincinnati, Ohio
    Internship: Naval Medical Center San Diego
    Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University Medical Center, New York

    Other Specialties/Certifications

    Joint Replacement Medical Director, Advanced Spine & Joint Institute at Alvarado Hospital
    Additional post-graduate medical training:
    Flight Surgery/Aviation Medicine, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, Florida
    Diving/Undersea Medicine, Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, Florida
    Professional military appointments:
    Tactical Physician, Navy Diver and Diving Medical Officer, Naval Reserve SEAL Team Five, Coronado, California, SEAL Team Physician and Sports Medicine Consultan


    2014 San Diego Healthcare Physician Champion

    Areas of Interest

    Dr. James Bates is the joint replacement medical director of the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute at Alvarado Hospital. He specializes in sports medicine and the reconstruction and replacement of damaged bones, joints, and cartilage resulting from sports injuries, traumatic injuries, and tumors of the extremities. He specializes in the use of robotics for partial and total knee replacement.

    Dr. Bates was trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. As an orthopedic surgeon, Navy Flight Surgeon, and Navy Diving Medical Officer, he serves as a consultant to the San Diego-based Navy SEAL Teams. Dr. Bates sees patients at offices at Alvarado and on Coronado.

    Procedures Performed:

    • Dressing and/or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (including Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
    • Hand Surgery
    • Hip Replacement
    • Hip Replacement Revisions
    • Hip Resurfacing
    • Joint Drainage
    • Knee and Leg Fracture, Dislocation Treatment
    • Knee Arthroscopy
    • Knee Replacement (robotics)
    • Knee Replacement Revisions
    • Laser Surgery
    • Microsurgical Procedures
    • Physical Therapy
    • Rotator Cuff Surgery
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
    • Steroid Injections
    • Total Joint Replacement
    • Trigger Point Injections
    • Viscosupplementation with Hyaluronate

    Conditions Treated:

    • Achilles Tendonitis
    • Adhesive Capsulitis
    • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
    • Growth Disorders
    • Hammer Toe
    • Hand Fracture
    • Osteoporosis
    • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
    • Peripheral Nerve Disorders

    For a more extensive list, visit the Alvarado/Helix Orthopedics and Sports Medicine website.

    Physician Bio

    Dr. Bates is considered exemplary for his dual role of being a leading orthopedic surgeon and a leader as a military officer. In both roles he is on the leading edge of research in two entirely different fields of expertise – orthopedics and undersea rescue and medicine.

    Dr. Bates is an active board-certified orthopedic surgeon, engaged in a busy private practice, yet finding time to engage in clinical research and implant development, while at the same time serving his country in a highly specialized field involving tremendous time and commitment.

    Dr. Bates has been instrumental in setting up the new Advanced Spine & Joint Institute at Alvarado Hospital as the medical director for the joint replacement program at Alvarado Hospital.

    As an orthopedic surgeon, he has participated in a clinical study on hip replacement surgery. The new technology has a stem design that has resulted in better implant-to-bone match, which may prove useful to those with osteoporosis, as well as an improved bearing surface which may improve its survivorship.