Dr Bates was appointed as a Consultant Endocrinologist/Diabetologist at the Heart of England Foundation Trust on 1 December 1997. His undergraduate medical education was at Leeds University Medical School, during which time he obtained an additional degree in Chemical Pathology, together with a Distinction in microbiology.
His postgraduate experience has been obtained in West Yorkshire, North Staffordshire and the West Midlands. He obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians at the first attempt in 1990.
He was successful in obtaining a Sheldon Research Fellowship to fund a period of three years of research, which culminated in the award of my MD thesis in 1997. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2003. He is also a member of the Society for Endocrinology, Endocrine Society (USA) and Diabetes (UK).
He is currently a busy full-time Consultant Endocrinologist/Diabetologist. He has a strong interest in all of the main areas of Endocrinology and Diabetes and has built up considerable experience over the last 12 years as a Consultant. He is directly responsible for weekly Thyroid (ARSAC license holder enabling direct access to radioiodine for patients with overactive thyroid glands), Pituitary, Metabolic Bone (Osteoporosis, Vitamin D deficiency, Hyperparathyroidism), Reproductive Endocrinology (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, hirsutism, prolactin disorders), and General Endocrinology (Addison's disease, Adrenal disorders, gynaecomastia, disorders of testosterone secretion).
He continues to publish research in respected peer-reviewed journals and has an ongoing research interest in the epidemiology of pituitary disease and Addison's disease, new thyroid hormone assays and vitamin D deficiency in diabetic patients. In his spare time, he spends any free time available playing sport, cycling, gardening, listening to music and reading.