Meet Dr. Bates 

Dr. Christopher Bates – Northeast Florida Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Christopher Bates grew up in Dalton, Georgia. Ever since being an exchange student in Germany in high school, he has loved to travel the world, and he has been blessed to continue this passion with his wife, Miranda. They have lived in several states and have recently relocated from California. Their families have both spent ample time in the St. Simons area and are very familiar with north Florida. Dr. Bates enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, golf, and loves to spend his time off with his son, Brody and his daughter, London. He is also a major college football fan. Go Dawgs!

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Specialties and Skills

Dr. Bates has had the honor of practicing plastic surgery on all three coasts. He utilizes the different ideas and techniques that he’s learned along the way to bring the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art, and — most importantly — safe plastic surgery to his patients. One of Dr. Bates’s greatest attributes that patients comment on is his bedside manner. He holds this near and dear to his heart, and wants to ensure that he makes all of his patients feel safe and comfortable during the entirety of their journey at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery. His specialties include mommy makeovers, body contouring, breast procedures, and both surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

Publications and Presentations

  • Children and Residency: It Can Be Done!, McNurlen, Maria, M.D.; Boson, Alexis, B.S.; Bates, Christopher, M.D., and Phillips, Linda, M.D. (in progress)
  • A Study of the Safety, Tolerability, and Clinical Pharmacology of Subcutaneous 10XB-101 in Adult Subjects Undergoing Abdominoplasty (active clinical trial)
  • The Inferiorly Based Dermal Flap for Biologic Scaffold Coverage in Aesthetic Breast Surgery, Bates, Christopher, M.D. and Mills, Daniel, M.D.: Accepted for presentation at the California Society of Plastic Surgeons 70th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, May 2019)
  • Standardized Documentation Template Increases Insurance Approval for Reduction Mammaplasty, Bates, Christopher, M.D.; Junek, Kelsey S., B.S.; Boson, Alexis L., B.S.; Andry, Danielle, M.D.; Boukovalas, Stefanos, M.D., and Phillips, Linda G., M.D.: Oral presentation at the Second Annual Blocker Lewis Plastic Surgery Society Research Day, Galveston, TX (April 2019)
  • Dermal Fillers and Associated Complications: A Review of the Literature and Case Series, Freudenburg, Elliott P., B.S.; Gray, Kelsey M., B.S.; Boson, Alexis L., B.S.; Padilla, Pablo L., M.D.; Ohlstein, Jason F., M.D., MPH; Bates, Christopher M., M.D., and Cole, Eric L., M.D., FACS: Poster presentation at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (September 2018)
  • The Role of Antiperspirants in the Perpetuation of Axillary Perspiration, A Randomized Double-Blinded Prospective Study, Bates, Christopher M., M.D.; Boson, Alexis, B.S., and Moliver, Clayton, M.D.: Oral presentation at the Inaugural Blocker Lewis Plastic Surgery Society Research Day, Galveston, TX (June 2018)
  • Coolsculpting®: Experience, Clinical Results, and Patient Complications, Nemir, Stephanie, M.D. Ph.D.; Bates, Christopher, M.D., and Moliver, Clayton, M.D.: Oral presentation at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons the Meeting, Los Angeles, CA (September 2016)
  • Intravascular Papillary Endothelial Hyperplasia (Masson’s tumor): A Diagnosis the Plastic Surgeon Should be Aware Of, Bates, Christopher, M.D.; Boukovalas, Stefanos, M.D.; Dillard, Rachel, B.S.; Qiu, Suimmin, M.D., Ph.D., and Cole, Eric, M.D.: Oral presentation at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX (September 2016)
  • Uncovering the Mystery of an Extragingival Pyogenic Granuloma in an Emergent Setting, Bates, Christopher, B.S.; Ahmed, Rezwan, M.D.; Richardson, Russ, B.S., and Bolkhir, Wesam, M.D.: Poster presentation at the West Virginia State American College of Physicians Meeting, Roanoke, WV (October 2012)
  • Skin Temperatures and Plaster Splint-Induced Thermal Injury in the Orthopaedic Patient, Bates, Christopher M., B.S. and Shuler, Franklin D., M.D., Ph.D.: Oral presentation at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards SOM Annual Research Day, Huntington, WV (March 2012)
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Education and Training

Dr. Bates attended and graduated with honors at the University of Georgia for his undergrad. He then went on scholarship to Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, where he graduated first in class. At the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, he attended the six-year integrated plastic surgery residency and served as Chief Resident of Plastic Surgery and President of the Resident Body. In Laguna Beach, California, he attended the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Fellowship with Dan Mills, M.D., who is one of the past presidents of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

  • 2004-2008 University of Georgia
  • 2009-2013 Marshall University
  • 2013-2019 University of Texas Medical Branch Residency
  • 2019-2020 Fellowship Laguna Beach

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