Dr. Bates received a BS in Molecular Biology/Chemistry from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and MSPAS from Bethel University, and a Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) in Medical Education from LMU. He has been a PA for 7 years and has worked in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Aerospace Medicine (while an Active Duty Air Force Captain stationed in Shreveport, LA). He currently practices in Internal Medicine.
While in undergrad, he assisted in research with Dr. Bradly Thomas at Erlanger Hospital TICU on ventilator-associated upper respiratory tract infections. In his doctorate study for LMU, he studied Autism Spectrum Disorders and the use of hyperbaric oxygen chambers for the treatment of patients diagnosed with ASD. Currently, he is working with Dr. Burger and Dr. Macintire to help develop a study for the DMS program, "Analyzing student reflections from non-graded courses in a DMS program; No Grades or Deadlines? So What?"
Dr. Bates came to LMU because he knew that the university places a lot of emphasis on faculty development. During his time in the DMS program, he also saw how much time the faculty spent to ensure that students were taken care of. He says, "That allowed me to see that it's more than just a job, but rather a family that likes to see everyone succeed."