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Stephen L Kates, MD

4.8 out of 5
159
159 Ratings
24 Comments

Specialty

Orthopaedics

Locations

Ambulatory Care Center
417 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center (NOW Center)
11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233

Department

Orthopaedic Surgery

Education

Medical School

Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School

Internship

Northwestern Department of Medicine

Residency

Northwestern Department of Medicine

University Of Rochester Medical Center

Biography

When Mr. Fix-It finds his niche in putting bones back together
People generally refer to Stephen Kates, MD, as someone who can fix just about anything.

At home, he’s a cabinetmaker, machinist and mechanic who enjoys working with machines.

At the hospital, he’s known as a world-class bone surgeon, who puts people back together. Ask Dr. Kates why he opted to specialize in orthopaedic medicine, and you get the simplest answer: “I enjoy the mechanical fixation of bones.”

Plus, medicine is the family business. He represents the third generation to practice, while his daughter is the fourth.

As an orthopaedic surgeon and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine, Dr. Kates generally treats three primary types of cases: knee replacements; hip replacements, principally using an anterior approach; and orthopaedic trauma surgery, most commonly on upper or lower extremities and the pelvic area.

With many knee and hip replacements occurring in older patients, Dr. Kates gained unique experience in caring in geriatric patients. In fact, he developed what is today an internationally adopted model for treating geriatric fractures, an approach that has been adopted in medical centers in Europe, Latin America and Asia. In elevating the orthopaedic residency program at VCU, Dr. Kates has integrated additional training in geriatric topics for future orthopaedic surgeons.

Outside of the operating room, Dr. Kates, the John Cardea Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, continues to look for new ways to treat and prevent bone infection. His research team was honored for this work in 2015 with the Richard A. Brand Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Research.

His clinics attract patients with challenging conditions from across Virginia. “I will do my best to address their problem and give them a truthful explanation of their condition and what can be done to help it,” says Dr. Kates, repeatedly recognized among the nation’s top orthopaedic surgeons by U.S. News & World Report. “Although this is well-received by most, it is not well-received by everyone.”

Dr. Kates proactively encourages his patients to be part of the solution. “We both have to do our part to be successful,” he says. “For the patients, this often means changing personal habits, such as stopping smoking, reducing their use of addictive substances, losing weight and improving problematic conditions, such as diabetes. My team and I try our best to do our part to prevent complications and improve outcomes in patients with such problems.”

“In five years, I envision people being primarily treated as outpatients,” he adds. “In only a decade from now, I expect there will be further advances in noninvasive and limited-invasive treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.”

And after full days in the clinic or operating room, Dr. Kates enjoys returning to his home workshop, where he’s a bit more accomplished than your traditional tinkerer. His hobbies extend to crafting classic furniture and rebuilding cars, which allows him to practice some metalworking. You might say he enjoys putting things back together so they work again.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery certified
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • American College of Surgeons, leader of the national focused registry on hip fractures
  • Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Editor
  • International Geriatric Fracture Society, Past president
  • AO Trauma Research
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

 

Research Interests
Treatment and prevention of bone infection

Clinical Interests

  • Adult Reconstruction Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Infections

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Locations

Ambulatory Care Center

417 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center (NOW Center)

11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233

Ratings & Reviews

159 Ratings
24 Comments

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Very good.
January 2020
The provider was good at my satisfactory.
October 2019
Dr. Kates is a terrific communicator and incredible helpful for me.
September 2019
He's that good.
September 2019
Dr. Stephan Kates - friendly, courtesy, helpful, caring, concern, understanding, professional, doctor. I am happy to have him for a provider. I will highly recommend him to others.
June 2019
I have a lot of respect for him. He is very knowledgeable and I have complete confidence in his care.
May 2019
Dr. Kates is my best Doctor ever. Always taking time to listen to any concerns or worries. You did a wonder job going over x-rays, VCU Health is the place to go. Dr. Kates cares about his patients.
March 2019
Excellent doctor in all areas. We are very lucky to work w/him.
February 2019
Had never met him before. He was friendly, knowledgeable, compassionate, and willing to spend time to explain my condition to me.
January 2019
Very confident with the skills of Dr. Kates.
November 2018
Excellent doctor.
November 2018
Dr. Kates is EXCELLENT.
November 2018
Good.
November 2018
Took time & listened to me, actually fixed knee, very thorough, A+++.
October 2018
I would definitely recommend him to anyone who has to have an knee replacement. He done an amazing job on my knee. Am so happy with his work. Thank you Dr Kates!! I love you. You gave me my life back.
October 2018
Dr. Kates is tough. But we love him.
October 2018
First visit was a good experience [...].
October 2018
Dr. Kates is the consummate physician. He listens to patients concerns, responds in a way so the patient understands, and never rushes through appointments.
October 2018
Always polite and courteous.
August 2018
I think Dr. Kates is the best and most honest doctor I have met
August 2018
He's great.
July 2018
Dr. Kates was excellent. This was a 1st consult and he listened and valves the medical opinion of specialists managing my health issues from out of town.
June 2018
Dr. Kates was wonderful! He was the first of MANY doctors I have seen to finally diagnose my knee condition.
June 2018
Dr. Kates is much moreknowledgable than my previous [...] doctor.
June 2018

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Clinical Interests

  • Adult Reconstruction Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Infections

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