Dr. Harold Cates Jr., MD

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Dr. Harold Cates Jr., MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male

Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics 9430 Park West Blvd Ste 130, Knoxville, TN 37923 Get Directions
(865) 690-4861

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Dr. Harold Cates, board certified physician, completed medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. His internship and...Read more

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Patient Reviews (12)
in Maryville, TN |
Dr. Cates performed bilateral knee replacement on me in October. Everything went very well and now, four months after my surgery My knees feel much better than before the surgery. Dr. Cates, Katrina Aberdeen (Nurse Practitioner) and their staff were great to work with throughout the entire process. I would and do recommend Dr. Cates to anyone considering joint replacement.
Jerry, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback.
in Knoxville, TN |
This man is awesome. He actually cares about how you feel and believes you when you tell him. He has excellent follow-through and an extremely competent staff.
in Clinton, TN |
Dr. Cates is very through in evaluation and determining correct option therapy, medicine, or surgery. he explains his reasons for treatment and request input from patient on recommended treatments. Dr. Cates follows up in timely manner with patients on progress.
Thank you very much for sharing these comments, Ronnie Mcmahan.
in greenback, TN |
Dr. Cates answered all of my questions prior to my surgery. My recovery after surgery was incredible. I anticipated difficulty in rising from chairs and toilet seats but didn't experience any. My range of motion came back quickly, my level of pain was minimal and my time using a walker was one day as was my use of a cane. I was able to go to outpatient physical therapy within a few days. My therapist at Results Physiotherapy said his patients usually exhibit great range of motion quickly.
in Knoxville, TN |
Dr Cates has a wonderful bedside and sense of humor. I had a TKR 2 weeks ago and Dr Cates took plenty of time answering my questions and explaining what he could do to help me. He looks me in the eye when he's taking and listening to me. His staff has answered my questions, returned my calls, and all have been very professional. I am going to PT now and looking forward to freedom in a few months!
in Middlesboro, KY |
Dr.Cates is a kind ,patient man. He takes time to listen and answers in terms a layman can understand. I will be having knee replacement surgery. After my family doctor recommended him, I felt comfortable choosing him as my surgeon to be. Several people have told me of their experience with Dr Cates. All have been very happy with their results. He has a very good reputation and that is very comforting.
in Loudon, Tn |
I have been a patient of Dr Cares for 6 years and I have recommended him to everyone I know who needs an orthopedic surgeon.
in Pineville, KY |
Dr. Cates is very caring and compassionate. He takes time to hear me and answer my questions. He did a knee replacement on my sister. She did great! I, myself , am facing that probability now. I trust Dr. Cates to do the best job possible. Great physician!
in Louisville, KY |
I have had two hip surgeries by Dr. Cates and have nothing but good things to say about the entire experience. I actually lived in Indianapolis and traveled back to TN in for my latest hip surgery! I must say that I haven't found another surgeon quite as considerate, kind and professional as Dr. Cates. I currently live in Louisville KY and have yet to find an orthopedic doctor that i feel is as great as he is.
in Knoxville, TN |
He's been my mother's physician and took the time to listen to her about her back pain after after her knee surgery. He decided to take an x-ray and found a cancerous tumor encased in her kidney, referred her to a wonderful urologist who removed the kidney. My mother was in her late early 80's at the time and continues to thrive at age 86.
in Knoxville, TN |
Had total hip replacement and hardly any pain. Cut pain meds down after 1 1/2 days and soon down to only one to go to sleep. Got totally off walker in couple of weeks and didn't need a cane. Have 3 more weeks of Physical therapy and doing great!!
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Dr. Harold Cates, board certified physician, completed medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. His internship and residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington were followed by a fellowship emphasizing total joint replacement and care at the Center for Hip and Knee Surgery in Mooresville, Indiana. Dr. Cates is the current Medical Director of the Joint Replacement Center at Fort Sanders Park West Hospital in Knoxville. In addition to his practice at Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics, Dr. Cates serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee and President of Tennessee Orthopaedic Foundation for Education and Research. Dr. Cates' professional memberships include those in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Society for Arthritic Joint Surgery, and the Tennessee Orthopaedic Society. In addition, Dr. Cates is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics offers nine locations to better serve you in Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Lenoir City, Crossville, and Sevierville in East Tennessee.

Dr. Cates Jr.' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Bone Disorders
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


  • Medical School
    University Of Tennessee Health Science Center College Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1985

  • Internship Hospital
    University of Kentucky
  • Residency Hospital
    University of Kentucky
  • Fellowship Hospital
    Center For Hip and Knee Surgery

    Completed in 1991

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open