Dr. Robert Bates
Dr. Robert Bates was born and raised in Chicago. He spent much of his career practicing urological medicine in Michigan where he built a five-person urology practice and served as the Chief Medical Officer of a 220-bed hospital. Before choosing McKenzie Health Dr. Bates spent five years in Jamestown, ND establishing a urology practice for Jamestown Regional Medical Center. He has enjoyed helping rural facilities establish successful urology service lines, increasing access for many and reducing travel time to see specialists many hours away.
"In an effort to establish with a primary care physician after not having one for some time, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Kiedrowski in September of 2023. He was thorough, personable, attentive and efficient. His nurse, Karlee was excellent as well. In the lab, I didn't even feel Taylor's stick or draw. From check in to check out, it was an exceptional experience, and I didn't have to leave town. I was back to work within the hour and had my lab results on EPIC's My Chart as soon as they were available. I would recommend McKenzie Health's Rural Health Center to my friends and family."
— Vawnita Best; Rural Watford City, ND
"I recently had hip replacement surgery at McKenzie Health in Watford City.
The entire experience, beginning with registration, to my primary doctor (Dr. Ramage and Maria), Dr. Johnson, Dr. Brewster in surgery scheduling, Dr. Joshi and his surgical team, the nurses on the surgical floor and physical therapists (Jess, Corey, kara and Lexyn) was all that I could ask for and more.
I felt your genuine concern for my well-being and care. You folks all deserve some recognition, so please give yourself a big pat on the back for a job well done and the service you continue to provide the citizens of western North Dakota.
We are indeed fortunate to have a facility of this caliber, along with its dedicated health professionals and employees, here in Watford City. Thank you again McKenzie Health!"
— Kent Taylor
— Patsy Levang; Keene, ND
— Ted Lone Fight III; Mandaree, ND
— Ernest Lambert; Belcourt, ND
— Marco Pelton; Watford City, ND
"In January of 2022, I slipped on the ice and broke my ankle. The initial ER visit that Thursday evening to stabilize it until surgery was efficient and the care was very good. Dr Joshi's nurse scheduled a pre-op consultation by telemed Friday morning and two hours later, Dr Joshi was conducting that consultation with me. The following Monday I had surgery to plate the break and clean and repair the damaged joint. Post-op with Dr. Joshi and his surgical team was seamless. They were caring, efficient and concise in their communication and their treatment plan. Follow-ups with Dr. Joshi and Dr. Tomjack were easy to schedule; they were on schedule, and check-in and check-outs were quick and easy, including pharmacy and insurance aspects of the user experience. All of these skilled services were high-quality, efficient, and delivered right here at home. There were no miserable vehicle transports to Bismarck, Minot, Williston, or Sidney while in pain. All the medical visits and procedures were quick, efficient and convenient, so I could get right back to healing.
Thank you McKenzie Health providers and staff. You are making a difference in the lives of McKenzie County residents and beyond."
— Vawnita Best; Rural Watford City, ND
— Kelly Peterson; Watford City, ND
— Jan Dodge; Watford City, ND
— Ron Anderson; Keene, ND
— Myra Anderson; Keene, ND
— Evelyn Wilson; Huntsville, AL
Dr. Bates has Specialized Skills in:
Hematuria/Blood in Urine
Benign Prostate Enlargement
Prostate Fusion Therapy
Awards & Accolades
- Board member of Audubon Dakota and active in prairie conservation
- Baseball fan and owner of a minor league team in Grand Rapids, MI
Education & Certifications
- BA – Hope College BA
- M.Phil – Yale University
- M.D. – University of Chicago
- General Surgery and Urology Residency – Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
- Master of Medical Management – Carniege Mellon University, Pittsburgh
- Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Diplomate of the American Urological Society
- Board Certified – Urology; in practice since 1982
- Formerly practiced in Michigan until 2015, then 5 years at Jamestown Regional Medical Center ND where I established a urology practice
- Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery – UND
- McKenzie Health; since fall of 2020
Dr. Bates' Favorite Things to do in McKenzie County:
- Hiking in the TR National Park
- Bird hunting in the Grasslands