Dr. Joe Cates, MD

Dr. Joe Cates, MD

Vascular Surgery  |  
Male  |  
54 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Joe Cates, MD is a vascular surgery doctor who practices in Overland Park, KS. He is 54 years old.

Kansas City Vascular and General Surgery

10730 Nall Ave Ste 101

Overland Park, KS 66211
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Cenpatico Behavioral Health
  • Cigna
  • CoreSource
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Family Health Partners
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP)
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)

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Top Care Areas


See how frequently Dr. Cates performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
very high
more than 99% of peers
Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
very high
more than 99% of peers
Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

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  • Vascular Surgery
  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Vascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis of Aorta
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Chronic Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Heart Disease
  • Hernia
  • Liver Cancer
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)
  • Melanoma
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease of Extremities
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Poor Circulation
  • Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Compression
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Venous Insufficiency


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  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Arteriovenous Fistula Repair
  • Arteriovenous Shunt Creation
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Dialysis Access Procedures
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Embolectomy, Thrombectomy, or Vessel Exploration
  • Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Endovascular Repair of Visceral Aorta
  • Heart Surgery
  • Laparotomy
  • Lung Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Peripheral Artery Bypass
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
  • Revision of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
  • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Varicose Vein Procedure
  • Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Kansas.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Missouri at Kansas City
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated
  • University Of California Los Angeles School of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • UCLA school of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • UCLA school of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Alpha Omega Alpha,
  • Ingram’s Magazine - Dr. Cates featured in the Top Doctors issue,
  • Golden Scalpel Award,
  • Administrative Chief Resident, Division of General Surgery,
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City Award for Surgical Excellence,
  • UCLA Golden Heart Award, Department of Cardio Thoracic Surgery,
  • Victor Wilson Memorial Scholarship, St. Louis Friends of UMCK Scholarship, University of Missouri Scholar,
  • Kansas City Super Doc, 2010
  • The Squire - Dr. Cates listed as one of the Top Surgeons in Kansas City,
Media & Publications

Dr. Cates has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Overland Park Regional Medical Center

is a Healthgrades Top-Rated Hospital

Hospital Quality

2017 Five Star Recipient for Carotid Surgery

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Dr. Cates' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cates to family and friends
based on 31 total reviews (16 with comments)
Dr. Cates' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (16)
in Oak Grove, Mo 64075 |
Dr. Cates is awesome, he always takes the time to explain your case and help you understand your procedure, and your options.
Dr Cates is a fantastic surgeon who truly cares about you as an individual! Highly recommend him!
in Clinton Mo |
My experiences have been the best. Dr. Cates has my highest recommendation for anyone having vascular disease.
in Bosworth, MO |
Most definitely, very pleased. Dr. Cates takes the time to talk with you and wants to make sure you don’t have any questions. He explains everything so that I can understand it..
in Kansas City, MO |
I donated my kidney to my husband. Dr. Cates did my part of the surgery, the kidney removal. I cannot say enough good things about him, his team, the transplant coordination and the aftercare. I wish I could give him more stars. He is a very skilled surgeon with a kind and patient bedside manner who is both reassuring and forthcoming with information. His aftercare team was in to see me every day and readily available for questions.
Chicago, IL |
Did awesome taking care of me
in Grain ValleyGr, MO |
Dr. Cates is a very caring and thorough in every thing that he does. He makes sure that he takes the time to explain everything in a manner that is easy to understand.
in Topeka, KS |
I would highly recommend Dr. Joe Cates to my friends and family. He is direct and explains things in very understandable language. Just as importantly, he answers all questions fully - taking as much time as is needed to do so. I have a high level of trust in his expertise!
Manhattan, KS |
Dr.. Cates and all of the employees at Kansas City vascular are very professional and very courteous. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any of my family and friends.
in Downingtown, PA |
Dr. Cates is very knowledgeable, friendly and commicates well with patients. I was so pleased to have him do my surgery to donate a kidney to Will Brown. He did an excellent job and explained everything that he was going to do..
in Belton Mo 64012 |
I have been a patient of Dr. Cates for 3 years, could not have found a better surgeon. He has done a major surgery on me in 2014 and followed my care since. He is very easy to talk with, he makes sure that you understand everything before you leave his office. He will be doing another surgery on me soon and I know he will do everything possible to help me. He is a doctor who always has another plan ready if the first will not work.! Not just a great surgeon but a great person who cares.
in Leawood, KS |
Excellent surgeon, excellent physician group, excellent support staff. Not just bedside manner (which is excellent), but also clinical quality/outcome (equally excellent). Have already recommended Dr. Cates to a friend who needed a vascular surgery procedure, and will continue to do so whenever the occasion arises.
in Overland Park |
If you need a Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer, look no further than Dr. Cates. His technical skill and experience in this extremely difficult surgery is outstanding. He's exactly what you need in a surgeon: confident, determined and experienced. I'm alive today because he removed all the Stage IIIB pancreatic cancer from me and successfully re-plumbed my innards to function. It's a long, slow, grueling recovery but know you're in good hands with Dr. Cates. 10/10 would choose him again!
Dr Cates is an excellent Dr. He is very understanding of your situation and informs you as what is needed to be done in order to correct your issue. I have had WHIPPLE surgery in 2006 and a fistula in 2017. I would reccomend Dr Cates to anyone needing the type of surgeries that he performs.
in Olathe, KS |
Dr. Cates explained everything and made me feel at ease. He is very personable and seems to care about his patients.
in Rantoul, KS |
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Cates accepts 31 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Cenpatico Behavioral Health
  • Cigna
  • CoreSource
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Family Health Partners
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP)
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • HCA Midwest Comp Care
  • Healthcare USA
  • HealthPartners
    HealthPartners HMO
  • Homestate Health Plan
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • Missouri Care
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
  • New Directions Behavioral Health
  • PHCS
  • Preferred Health Professionals
  • Premier Group Insurance
  • Savility
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • WellCare

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Hospitals where Dr. Cates has admitting privileges

Lee's Summit Medical Center
2100 SE Blue Pkwy
Lees Summit, MO 64063
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Overland Park Regional Medical Center
10500 Quivira Rd
Overland Park, KS 66215
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Research Medical Center
2316 E Meyer Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64132
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Belton Regional Medical Center
17065 South 71 Highway
Belton, MO 64012
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Saint Joseph Medical Center
1000 Carondelet Dr
Kansas City, MO 64114
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Menorah Medical Center
5721 W 119th St
Overland Park, KS 66209
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