Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Specializing in Joint Replacement Surgery
and Sports Medicine
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"Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care!"
James Eric Bates, MD believes that the foundation for your overall health and wellbeing begins with physical health and mobility. Dedicated to providing the most compassionate and the most advanced care available, Dr. Bates places himself at your service to restore or enhance your function and mobility. As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Bates partners with patients who have conditions such as arthritis and traumatic bone and joint injuries that result in severe shoulder, hip and knee pain, and guides them through the medical and surgical treatment options to restore their mobility and independence.
As an inventor and clinical scientist, Dr. Bates has devoted time to developing and advancing joint replacement implants, and surgical instruments and techniques designed to improve outcomes in joint replacement surgery. His current specialty interests include minimally invasive surgical techniques, the use of computer-based surgical navigation, and advancing the application of robotic-assisted devices in orthopedic surgery. He remains on the cutting edge of technology and research in orthopaedic surgery so as to best serve the needs of his patients.
Captain Bates, United States Navy, remains active in the Navy Reserve, having now served over 30 years between active duty and reserve duty, and serving around the globe supporting troops at times of war and participating in humanitarian medical missions at times of peace. As a Naval Flight Surgeon, Navy Diver, and Diving Medical Officer, Captain Bates has served with various elements of the Navy and Marine Corps, Naval Special Warfare / SEAL Teams, Navy Undersea Rescue Command, US Strategic Command, and even Army and Air Force units. He recently commanded a Forward Surgical Team in Afghanistan.
God, country, and family remain cornerstones of Dr. Bates’ life. He believes that family time and community involvement are vitally important. He lives in Coronado with his wife, two children, and their Boston terrier where they attend Sacred Heart Church and Naval Base North Island Chapel.
Dr. Bates extends his sense of family and community involvement into his work as an orthopaedic surgeon. He is passionate about his profession and applies this to the care he provides to his patients. His greatest satisfaction comes from seeing the restoration of function and mobility to his patients thereby facilitating their return to ambulation, recreation, and sporting activities.
Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, California
ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY RESIDENCY TRAINING
Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell University Medical Center, New York, New York
ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY VISITING PROFESSORSHIP
Landeskrankenanstalten, Salzburg, Austria
AVIATION MEDICINE / FLIGHT SURGERY
Naval Aeromedical and Operational Medical Institute, Pensacola, Florida
DIVING / UNDERSEA MEDICINE
Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, Florida
Chief of Staff, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center
Chief of Orthopaedics, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center
MEDICAL STAFF MEMBERSHIP
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, San Diego, California
Sharp Coronado Hospital, Coronado, California
Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, California
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Medical Association
California Medical Association
California Orthopedic Association
San Diego County Medical Society
San Diego Office:
5555 Reservoir Dr, Ste 104
San Diego, CA 92120
La Mesa/MRI Office:
8860 Center Dr, Ste 350
La Mesa, CA 91942
230 Prospect Pl, Ste 210
Coronado, CA 92118
10803 Vista Sorrento Pkwy
San Diego, CA 92121