Dr. Michael Bates, MD

Dr. Michael Bates, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
48 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Michael Bates, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in New Orleans, LA and has been practicing for 10 years. He specializes in cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, and more.Read his story

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Hwy

New Orleans, LA 70121
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Always Care Benefits
  • American Lifecare
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Behavioral Health Network
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Louisiana
  • Employers Health Network
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems
  • EyeMed Vision Care

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Vascular Disease
more than 66% of peers
Lung Surgery
more than 65% of peers
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
more than 65% of peers

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Dr. Bates' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Bates "Dr. Bates graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and joined the Department of Surgery at Ochsner as an intern in 2000. He completed residencies in Surgery and Thoracic Surgery at Ochsner and a fellowship at Stanford before returning as a staff cardiac surgeon in 2008. He is the Director of the Thoracic Transplant Program and the Program Director for Ochsner's Thoracic Residency. He pursues a variety of clinical interests. This includes all aspects of adult cardiac surgery such as aortic surgery and valve sparing aortic root replacement, mitral valve repair, and coronary bypass surgery with a focus on the use of bilateral mammary arteries. He performs heart and lung transplants as well as mechanical circulatory support. Other areas of his practice are trans-catheter valves, thoracic outlet syndrome, atrial fibrillation, and surgery for CTEPH. However, his favorite work is in education, and he maintains a special interest in teaching cardiac surgery to residentsAfter Hurricane Katrina the thoracic training program was voluntarily closed and much of his recent work has been devoted to reopening the program. He takes great pride in making this training available again at Ochsner and for our state. As a clinical surgeon his primary goal is to continue improvement on excellent outcomes and the safety and experience of our patients at Ochsner."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Bates "It is my duty to always put patients first."

3  Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

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

39  Conditions Treated

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Thromboembolic Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
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28  Procedures

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0 Sanctions

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  • Appalachian State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1991
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • Ochsner Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Cardiothoracic Residency
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2007
  • Stanford University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2008

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
  • Use of pulmonary arteriovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in conjunction with the total artificial heart., January 201
  • Pacemaker use following heart transplantation,
  • Preoperative Administration of Vitamin K Reduces Bleeding in Patients Receiving Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices, 2017
  • Lung transplantation and the routine use of cardiopulmonary bypass and median sternotomy: experience at the Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute., 2017

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant, Member
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member
  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Member

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What People Say About Dr. Michael Bates, MD
One of the best physicians I have been to. Very patient and very thorough. Did not make me feel he had somewhere else to be. Gave me ample to time to go through my list of questions. He even asked my husband if he had any questions or concerns. Very satisfied.
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