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Stephen L Kates, MD

Stephen L Kates, MD

out of 5
209 Ratings
33 Comments

Specialty

Orthopaedics

Department

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations

Adult Outpatient Pavilion

1001 E. Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Short Pump Pavilion

11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233
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William & Mary

332 N. Henry St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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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

Ratings & Reviews

209 Ratings
33 Comments

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Dr. Kates explained everything clearly & concisely will remaining friendly & caring.
October 2022
Dr. Kates is awesome
July 2022
The best orthopedist I've ever had!
July 2022
This was my second visit with Dr. Kates. There are preciou few doctors like him in the VCU system (or anywhere for that matter). He went above and beyond to help me with a medical problem beyond the scope of my appointment. Went to great lengths to explain things. He is a great asset to the VCU staff.
June 2022
I am transferring from another provider. Dr. Kates was attentive, clear, direct and to the point in answering my questions & explaining his recommendations. Excellent attention to my emotional as well as physical well-being. Very knowledgeable & experienced.
May 2022
Dr. Kates is excellent - he helped me so much, gave me lots of info & recommendations. He cared about my health.
March 2022
Good
March 2022
Outstanding Care. Excellent treatment plan
February 2022
I have good confidence in this dr. & his STAFF.
November 2021
The dr. listened well, was very compassionate, professional. He took lots of time with me.
October 2021
He was awesome. Very knowledgeable & delightful.
August 2021
Dr. Kates has superior communication skills and my complete confidence.
August 2021
Doctor is clearly an expert. He knows his staff!
June 2021
I feel very comfortable & confident with Dr. Kates.
June 2021
Excellent caring doctor!
June 2021
Very happy with Dr. Kates [...]
May 2021
Dr. Kates went out of his way & above caring about my health.
April 2021
Order test to see just what was causing the pain. I came in with a problem and left with a very good solution to help with pain in my hip.
March 2021
Very good - great experience.
March 2021
Dr. Kates was caring, compassionate, knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent provider.
February 2021
Dr. Kates is my hero! I'm walking again thanks to my hip replacement. He is a great dr. & a super nice man. He was recommended to me & I have already recommended him to friends. AAA+.
January 2021
Good.
September 2020
Since I have been to the US. This is the best doctor I ever had. He is effective and to the point. His service is astounding. His name is Stephen Kate, orthopedic surgeon.
August 2020
Best doctor I ever had in the US.
August 2020
Good.
August 2020
Dr. Kates was great! Cannot say enough GREAT things about him! I had a knee emergency and feel very blessed he was the doctor that was able to see me.
August 2020
Dr. Kates is an excellent & caring physician highly recommend him.
July 2020
Dr. Kates is an excellent doctor. Wish he could be my primary care physician.
July 2020
I went to three other doctors before Dr. Kates after talking to him I had all the confidence in the world in this man. Dr. Stephen Kates is totally awesome. I rate this doctor on a scale 0-20 A+ "20".
June 2020
Loved Dr. Kates - my surgery and recovery went very well.
June 2020
Good experience - No problems.
April 2020
I have nothing but total respect and appreciation for Dr. Kates. He was the only one to tell me the truth about my situations and I will be forever grateful.
March 2020
Very good experience.
March 2020