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