About Dr. Thomas E Bates MD

Dr. Thomas E Bates, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Morehead City, NC. He has 27 years of experience. His specialties include Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery. He speaks English.

Dr. Bates has received 2 awards.

Rating Overview

26 Ratings with 7 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Thomas E Bates is Great. Dr. Thomas E Bates has been rated by 26 patients. From those 26 patients 7 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Thomas E Bates is 4.0 of 5.0 stars.


3714 Guardian Ave Ste E
Morehead City, NC 28557


Dr. Thomas E Bates has the following 2 specialties

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Thomas E Bates has the following 17 expertise

  • Surgery
  • Hip Osteoarthritis
  • Laminectomy
  • Joint Pain/Swelling
  • Scoliosis
  • Joint Replacement
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Knee Surgery
  • Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
  • Herniated Disc
  • Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery (Knee Replacement Arthroplasty)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Bone Fracture
  • Hip Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

Dr. Thomas E Bates is Board Certified in 2 specialties

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Procedures and overall care

Dr. Bates and Mr. Steve are very excellent in the surgery they perform as well as the care I received afterwards. The office procedures in scheduling of surgery made it so easy. The lab work, x-rays, and ekg were done right at the office. I was given a book with all appointments listed. They were always very quick to return phone calls if I called for anything. Would recommend them to anyone. Thanks for the great care and the difference in this surgery compared to my first surgery from another practice has been awesome.

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No hesitation

Dr Bates was able to diagnose and establish a plan of action. He wasn't hesitant in what was needed for me, as another physician was. Highly recommend him, his practice and the hospital.

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Knee replacement.

Dr. Bates did my surgery about eight years. EXCELLENT results.

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Great Doc for Athletes

Wonderful Doctor very understanding and accommodating to us.

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Five Stars

Dr Bates is awesome! He seemed very sincere in making sure I was comfortable and explained my diagnosis very thoroughly! He is very intelligent and I have seen all orthopedics in MHC, highly recommend he is the best.

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  • Awards

    2 Awards

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2012, 2014)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition

    Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012, 2016)

    Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.

  • Education

    27 Years Experience

  • Temple University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1992

  • United States Naval Medical Center


  • Dr. Thomas E Bates Accepts the Following Insurance

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS North Carolina
    • BCBS NC Blue Value
    • BCBS NC BlueOptions
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
    • Coventry Carelink - Carolinas HealthCare System Tier 2
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

More about Dr. Thomas E Bates

Dr. Bates is a graduate of LaSalle University and Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. He served in the U.S. Navy for eleven years including a tour at MCAS Cherry Point as a Wing and NASA flight surgeon. He served overseas as the Musculoskeletal Department Head at US Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy. He then completed a Total Joint Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, specializing in Adult Reconstructive Surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and candidate member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Dr. Bates has a broad range of orthopedic knowledge with a special area of interest in arthritis, fracture care, sports and work related injuries. His field of expertise includes arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques. He is dedicated to the team approach in patient care, involving local therapists, primary care physicians and the patient’s family to ensure a recovery and return to activities. Dr. Bates practices at Carteret Surgery Center and Carteret General Hospital. He lives with his wife and children and has a passion for outdoor sports and activities.

Locations & Directions

CAROLINAS CENTER FOR SURGERY, 3714 Guardian Ave Ste E, Morehead City, NC
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