Dr. Christopher M. Bates, MD Education, Awards, Honors, Publications


Orthopedic Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship: University of Cincinnati Mary S. Stern Fellowship

Orthopedic Surgery Residency: John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine, MD

Undergraduate: Bachelors of Science x2, Physics and Biochemistry, Minors in Spanish & Math, Washington State University


Orthopedic In-Training Exam: Scored in the top 0.5% nationally (100th percentile) during final 2 years of residency

Orthopedic Intern of the Year

UNT Research Day Poster Presentation Winner, 1st Place

John Peter Smith Professionalism Award (voted on by OR, Clinic, Floor Staff)

John Peter Smith Resident Teaching Award (voted on by medical students)

Invited Speaker for Fort Worth Physical Therapy / Certified Hand Therapists

Invited Lecturer for Doctors Demystify Course on Orthopedic Hand Surgery, 2017, 2019

Texas Orthopedic Association Conference Podium Presentation Resident Winner Contributor

Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee

Honors College Thesis Pass with Distinction, Stephenson Scholar (Highest recognition)

Paraprofessional (Resident Advisor) of the Year (Highest recognition)

Washington State University Distinguished Regents Scholarship (Full merit-based scholarship)


P. Ross, C.M. Bates, R. Matar, A. Swenson, Dorsal Bridge Plates: Outcomes and Complications, in progress

W.F. Pientka II, C.M. Bates, A. Pientka, Effect of Changing Hydrocodone to Schedule II on Prescriber Habits and ED Visits for Postoperative Pain, in progress

R.A. Wagner, C.M. Bates, H.B. Sanchez, Prepatellar Fat to Patella Ratio Helps Predict Complication Rate after Total Knee Arthroplasty, J Arthroplasty, 2018, Jul 33(7):2251-2255

W.F. Pientka II, C.M. Bates, B.G. Webb, Asymptomatic Migration of a Kirschner Wire from the Proximal Aspect of the Humerus to the Thoracic Cavity, 2016, JBJS Case Connector, Vol 6, Issue 3

J.F. Plate, C.M. Bates, C.J. Tuohy, et al, Age-related degenerative functional, radiographic, and histological changes of the shoulder in nonhuman primates, 2013, J Shoulder Elbow Surg, S1058-2746(12)

C.M. Bates, F. Stevens, S. C. Langford, and J. T. Dickinson, Motion and Dissolution of Drops of Sparingly Soluble Alcohols on Water, 2008, Langmuir, Volume 24, Issue 14, Pages 7193-7199

C.M. Bates, F. Stevens, S. C. Langford, and J. T. Dickinson, Nanoscale craters in poly(methyl methacrylate) formed by exposure to condensing solvent vapor, 2007, Journal of Materials Research, Volume 22, Number 12, Pages 3360-3370


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The Hand to Shoulder Center

At The Hand to Shoulder Center in Fort Worth, TX, our team of fellowship-trained hand, elbow, and shoulder surgeons treat any and all conditions from the shoulder to the fingertip. Our surgeons perform both elective and reconstructive procedures, including:

  • Joint Replacement
  • Traumatic Injury Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Wide Awake Local Anesthesia Only Surgery

Our physicians are associated with the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. For more information or to request an appointment, please contact us online or call (817) 420-9238.

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