Thomas E. Bates, MD
Thomas E. Bates, MD

Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Fellowship Trained in Adult Reconstruction

Coastal Region

Morehead City – Guardian Avenue

Board certified in orthopedic surgery with a subspecialty certification in orthopedic sports medicine, Thomas E. Bates, MD, is an expert in adult joint reconstruction and sports medicine.

A graduate of LaSalle University and Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Bates completed his specialty training in adult reconstruction at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, and served in the U.S. Navy for eleven years, including a tour of MCAS Cherry Point as a wing and NASA flight surgeon. He also served overseas as the Musculoskeletal Department Head at U.S. Naval Hospital in Sigonella, Italy.

Dr. Bates is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and several other orthopedic surgeon and medical societies. He has served as the Medical Director for the Carolinas Center for Joint and Spine, and as the Orthopedic Champion for the Geriatric Fracture Program.

Dr. Bates has a broad range of orthopedic knowledge with a special interest in arthritis, joint replacement, arthroscopy, and sports medicine. His field of expertise includes arthroscopic surgical techniques in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle. He has a special interest in minimally invasive and joint-preserving techniques for both older and younger patients with arthritis, including MAKO robotic partial and total knee replacement and total hip replacement. He is dedicated to a team approach to patient care, involving therapists, primary care physicians and the patient’s family to ensure a speedy recovery and return to sports, work and recreational activities.

Dr. Thomas Bates, a skilled orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon in the coastal region, offers his expertise to patients in Morehead City and Swansboro.

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  • Undergraduate: LaSalle University
  • Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Naval Medical Center- Portsmouth, VA
  • Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University


  • Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine


  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery


  • Carolina East
  • Carteret Health Care
  • The Surgical Center of Morehead City
EmergeOrtho Coastal Region Adds Eight Experienced Physicians in Carteret and Onslow Counties

EmergeOrtho Coastal Region Adds Eight Experienced Physicians in Carteret and Onslow Counties

Coastal Region

Carteret & Onslow Counties — EmergeOrtho Coastal Region is pleased to announce the addition of these eight experienced orthopedic specialists to its comprehensive network serving eastern North Carolina: Thomas Bates, MD; Garlon Campbell, MD; Robert Coles, MD; Earl Frantz, DO; Ashraf Guirgues, MD; Felix Muniz, MD; Randle (Will) Ramsey, DO; and Gary Wertman, DO. They,...

They treat you with respect take the time to understand what your needs are and work toward that gold of fixing the problem. Very professional in everything they do I love going there for treatment can't say that about many healthcare systems. I recommend EmergeOrtho to everyone I see.

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EmergeOrtho is full of wonderful doctors! They make sure they go over every little thing and explain stuff so that you understand. I have 4 different doctors here and have been pleased with them all.

Michelle M


A New Level Of Orthopedic Care Has Emerged

As our patient, you will benefit from a full range of orthopedic services, specialties and technologies, including physical and hand therapy, advanced imaging services, and urgent care walk-in services providing immediate diagnosis and treatment for urgent orthopedic conditions.