Aaron Bates, M.D.

Aaron Bates, MDOrthopedic SurgeonSports Medicine Specialist

Dr. Bates is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine.  After completing medical school at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, Dr. Bates went on to serve as a Naval Flight Surgeon.  He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at UF Health in Jacksonville, FL, where he was chosen as the Administrative Chief Resident.  Following his residency, Dr. Bates completed his fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.  Dr. Bates has acted as the team physician for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo and the University of Houston, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Jacksonville Sharks.  Currently, Dr. Bates is the team physician for various area high schools.

Medical Degree

  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Orthopedic Surgery Residency

  • UF Health, Jacksonville, FL

Sports Medicine Fellowship

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX


  • Board-Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
  • Northeast Florida Orthopaedic Society
  • American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
  • J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
  • National Medical Association
  • Northeast Florida Medical Society

Athletic Affiliations

  • Team Physician, Clay High School



Patients that Inspire

“During the summer of my sophomore and junior year of high school I suffered a torn ACL and meniscus. I honestly never thought I would play basketball again but thankfully Dr. Bates performed a perfect reconstruction on my knee. Also he worked diligently with my physical therapist in my recovery with our hard work I was able to be cleared and return playing basketball in 5 months. I would recommend Dr. Bates to anybody he is the best surgeon you could ask for.”

– Ashton F. Daytona State College shooting guard

“I was a junior in high school playing both Football and Baseball and suffered from a torn labrum in my left shoulder. I was sent to Doctor Bates after several dislocations and much physical therapy. I received surgery from Doctor Bates in December of 2011. After a speedy recovery I was on the Baseball field by April 2012. Almost three years later I’m in college now and participating all sorts of intramural sports and other activities with a healthy shoulder! Thank you Doctor Bates!”

– Greg Castelli

Frank Collier, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Expert Chiropractic Medicine encompasses manual manipulations of the spine and extremities to restore proper mobility of the joint. Additionally, manual manipulations focus on proper biomechanics to avoid compensation throughout the body that could lead to pain and injury.



St. Johns County

We have exciting news! Southeast Orthopedic Specialists is happy to announce the opening of our new 210 Satellite location! We will be located on the 2nd floor of St. Vincent's Urgent Care in St. Johns, Florida. The address is: 2001 County Road, 210 W, Suite 200, St. Johns, FL 32259-2063 If you have any questions please contact us...

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