Richard Gates, MD
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Orange County Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons
1310 West Stewart Drive
Orange, CA 92868
phone: (714) 997-2224
fax: (714) 997-1187
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- Surgeon-in-Chief, CHOC Children's
- Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery, CHOC Children’s Heart Institute
Physician / Researcher BioWith over 20 years of experience, Dr Gates serves as director of cardiothoracic surgery at the CHOC Children’s Heart Institute. Working in partnership with CHOC leadership, surgeons and anesthesiologists, Dr. Gates has helped create and maintain a world-class pediatric peri-operative program. He works in collaboration with UC Irvine, with whom CHOC is affiliated, to promote research and education in the program. He’s dedicated to supporting CHOC’s position as a best place to practice for physicians and staff, and a best place to receive care for patients and their families.
Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Gates is board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery and congenital cardiac surgery. Prior to joining CHOC Children’s, Dr. Gates attended medical school at Yale University School of Medicine. He served his residency training in general surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York and his residency training in cardiothoracic surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in congenital heart surgery/transplant at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Gates speaks fluent Spanish.
- Medical School
Yale University School of Medicine
- General Surgery Residency
Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, NY
- Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
- Congenital Heart Surgery/Transplant Fellowship
UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
- Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
- Congenital Cardiac Surgery
- American College of Surgeons
- The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- American College of Cardiology
- Western Thoracic Surgical Association
- Congenital Heart Surgeons Society
What I Like Most About Being a Pediatric Physician: Dr. Gates
Dr. Richard Gates shares with us how he likes interacting with patients and families. ...
CHOC Articles & Publications
CHOC Children's Annual Report: FY 2011
David and Andrea Saenz never expected what happened after their infant daughter’s umbilical cord was cut....
|CHOC Pioneers Groundbreaking Pulmonary Procedure
Kid's Health (Archive): Spring 2011
When an innovative pulmonary procedure was recently approved for use in the United States, the FDA conducted a rigorous selection process and chose only 15 hospitals across the country to become certi...
On The Mark: Fall 2008
When Richard Gates, MD, arrived at CHOC in 1995, there was only one way to protect a neonate?s heart during cardiac surgery. Surgeons had to cool the patient down, stop circulation?and hope for no per...
|CHOC's New Era In Pediatric Cardiac Care
Physician Connection: Winter 2008
It was a day to remember our hospital's history, celebrate the advances in pediatric and cardiac intensive care, and learn more from the experts who continually push the boundaries of possibility. A n...
Richard Gates, M.D.
Physician Connection: Summer 2007
When Richard Gates, M.D., arrived at CHOC in 1995, there was only one way to protect a neonate's heart during cardiac surgery....
|Dr. Richard Gates Appointed Surgeon-in-Chief for CHOC Children’s
October 15, 2012
CHOC Children’s announces the appointment of Richard Gates, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.S., to the position of surgeon-in-chief. Given the opening of Orange County’s first dedicated pediatric inpatient surg...
|More than 80 CHOC Children's Doctors Named "Physicians of Excellence"
January 03, 2012
More than 80 CHOC Children's physicians, including specialists and pediatricians, are named "Physicians of Excellence" by the Orange County Medical Association....
|More than 60 CHOC Children’s Doctors Named “Physicians of Excellence”
January 04, 2011
More than 60 CHOC Children’s physicians, including specialists and pediatricians, are featured as "Physicians of Excellence" in the January 2011 issue of Orange Coast magazine. The "Physicians of Exc...
|More than 50 CHOC Children's Doctors Named "Physicians of Excellence"
January 04, 2010
The Orange County Medical Association names more than 50 CHOC doctors "Physicians of Excellence."...
Gates RN, Yost P, Parker B. The use ofbivalirudin for pediatric anticoagulation in HIT patients. 2009 5th international conference on pediatric mechanical circulatory support and pediatric cardiopulmonary perfusion. Dallas, TX
Gates RN, Palafox BA. Early results with an extracellular tissue matrix for cardiovascular tissue use in pediatric patients. 2011 Society of Thoracic Surgeons, San Diego, CA.