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Nathan Bates, MD


Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery
Orange Park Medical Center
Orange Park Campus Office • 904.592.4940 •
Board Certification & Fellowship: American Board of Thoracic Surgery; American College of Surgeons
Dr. Nathan Bates, the pioneer of robotic cardiothoracic surgery in Northeast Florida, is providing the region with cutting-edge surgical
procedures. The state-of-the-art equipment Dr. Bates uses promises to change the future of heart surgery for all.
After completing his training at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in 2007, Dr. Bates joined Jacksonville’s Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgical Associates. As Medical Director of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Orange Park Medical Center, Dr Bates founded its cardiothoracic surgery program in December 2010 and it is the only program in Northeast Florida to be awarded the highest rating for patient outcomes by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for three years in a row. He is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Bates performed the first robotic lung surgery in Northeast Fllorida three years ago and made history again on April 14 by performing the region’s first robotic assisted mitral valve repair. Before now, patients have had to travel more than 300 miles to get this state-of-the-art, minimally invasive valve surgery. Patients seek this treatment because (compared to traditional mitral valve surgery) there is less pain, less scarring, shorter hospital stay, and a faster return to normal activities. Using the da Vinci robotic system, Dr. Bates controls the machine with his hands and feet while his surgical team monitors the patient’s vitals. Bates has a clear view to the heart throughout the entire surgery. “My vision is for patients in Northeast Florida to no longer have to leave Florida to get this done,” says Bates.

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