Dr. Bates has been chief of the division of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Dayton Children's Hospital since 2015. He has been named one of the Best Doctors in America - a doctor that other doctors trust the most - multiple times, including in 2019. He came to Dayton from Mission Children's Specialists of Asheville, North Carolina. But he's no stranger to the Buckeye state. He received his pediatric and pediatric gastroenterology training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and was then a faculty member there for 10 years. Dr. Bates earned his bachelor of science, medical degree, and PhD at Duke University. He has more than 40 papers and chapters in peer reviewed journals and textbooks and has had research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Bates has special interests in treating children with congenital and genetic disorders of the digestive system and celiac disease. When asked why he chose to specialize in pediatric gastroenterology he responded, "I enjoy the breadth of pediatric gastroenterology. We see patients of all ages with conditions ranging from relatively simple and self-limited to very complex, chronis conditions. And talking with kids about pooping keeps you from taking yourself too seriously!" One of his favorite things about working with children is "their capacity to be a kid no matter what is happening".
Learn more about why Dr. Bates enjoys his job and what it will be like to bring your child to him.
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education and training
medical school: Duke University School of Medicine
residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
board certification: Diplomate, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, American Board of Pediatrics, 1997-present
publications and presentations
Bingham, Sean M.; Collier, Nikki; Willis, Leslie; Baker, Rebecca; Sandberg, Kelly; Bates, Michael D. Laboratory Stewardship to Encourage Appropriate Screening for Celiac Disease. Poster presentation, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2019.
Bates, Michael D.; de Dios, Karl; Soldes, Oliver. Congenital Absence of the Gallbladder in a Newborn with VACTERL Association. Poster presentation, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutirition Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2019.
Bingham, Sean M.; Collier, Nikki; Willis, Leslie; Baker, Rebecca; Sandberg, Kelly; Bates, Michael D. Appropriate Screening for Celiac Disease at a Children's Hospital Results in Increased Testing and Decreased Charges. Poster presentation, 18th International Celiac Disease Symposium, Paris, France, September 5-7, 2019.
Bates, Michael D.; Graham, D. D.; Harmel, Richard. P.; Sleight, Burdette K.; and Tripp, Marjorie E. Biliary Atresia and Choledochal Cyst Presenting in Siblings. Clinical vignette poster presentation, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Annual Meeting; National Harbor, Maryland; November 12-14, 2009.
Acra, Erin; Martin, Lisa J.; Benson, Woody; Louden, Emily; Peña, Alberto; and Bates, Michael D. Estimating the familial recurrence risk of anorectal malformation with rectoperineal fistula or rectovestibular fistula. Poster presentation, National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Educational Conference, Los Angeles, California, October 23-28, 2008.
Storer, Mekayla; Howard, Eleanor; Lefebvre, Greg; Martin, Vicki; Coffey, Alison; Larsen, Lars Allan; Tumer, Zeynep; Bates, Mike; Wieczorek, Dagmar; and Shaw-Smith, Charles. Mutation Detection and Copy Number Analysis in Syndromic Oesophageal Atresia and the VACTERL Association. European Human Genetics Conference, Barcelona, Spain, May 31-June 3, 2008.
Bates, Michael D.; Matarazzo, Nicholas P.; Meinzen-Derr, Jareen K.; Rodriguez, George; Louden, Emily; Falcone, Jr.; Richard A.; Levitt, Marc A.; and Peña, Alberto. Beyond VACTERL: Different Types of Anorectal Malformations Are Association with Different Combinations of Other Congenital Anomalies. Poster Presentation, Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Diseases, Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network, Bethesda, Maryland, September 5, 2007.
Matarazzo, Nicholas P,; Meinzen-Derr, Jareen K.; Rodriguez, George; Louden, Emily; Falcone, Jr., Richard A.; Levitt, Marc A.; Peña, Alberto; and Bates, Michael D. Beyond VACTERL: Different Types of Anorectal Malformations Are Associated with Different Combinations of Other Congenital Anomalies. Poster symposium presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; May 5-8, 2007.
Falcone, Richard A.; Levitt, Marc A.; Peña, Alberto P.; and Bates, Michael D. Genetics of Anorectal Malformations: Increased Heritability of Certain Phenotypes. Poster presentation, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Annual Meeting; Orlando, Floridia; October 19-22, 2006 [Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 43:E55, 2006].
Falcone, Richard A.; Levitt, Marc A.; Peña, Alberto P.; and Bates, Michael D. Increased Heritability of Certain Types of Anorectal Malformations. Oral presentation, American Pediatric Surgical Association Annual Meeting; Hilton Head, South Carolina; May 21-24, 2006.
Bates, Michael D. and Mendell, Angela. Structure-Function Relationships in HLX Homeobox Transcription Factor Regulation of Intestinal Mesenchymal Promoters. Poster presentation, Digestive Diseases Week; Los Angeles, California; May 20-24, 2006 [Gastroenterology 130:A-335, 2006].
Bates, Michael D.; Mendell, Angela; and Lessard, James L. Hlx Homeobox Transcription Factor is Required for Entric Smooth Muscle Differentiation and Development. Poster presentation and Travel Award recipient, Innovations in GI Research and Therapy, FASEB Summer Research Conference; Snowmass, Colorado, August 13-18, 2005.
Bates, M.D.; Ragland, E.E.; Dunagan, D.T.; and Lessard, J.L. Hlx Homeobox Transcription Factor is Required for Enteric Smooth Muscle Differentiation and Development. Oral presentation, Difestive Diseases Week; Chicago, Illinois; May 15-18, 2005 [Gastroenterology 128:A-6,2005].
awards, honors and organizations
honors and awards
Best Doctors in America, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2020
Martha Franz Award for Subspecialty Pediatrics, Integrated Pediatric Residency, Wright State University Boonshift School of Medicine, 2019
Mission Health PRC 5-Star Individual Provider Award, 2014
North Carolina’s Best Doctors, 2014 (Business North Carolina magazine)
North Carolina’s Best Doctors, 2013 (Business North Carolina magazine)
Travel Award, Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Disorders, Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network, 2007
Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2006-2007, 2009-2010
Best Doctors in North Carolina 2008-2009 (Business North Carolina magazine)
American Digestive Health Foundation Industry Research Scholar Award, 1998-2001
World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Young Investigator Travel Award, 2000
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Young Faculty Investigator Award, 1999
professional society memberships
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
American Gastroenterological Association
Society for Pediatric Research
American Association for Physician Leadership
ratings and reviews
Dr Bates is a wonderful doctor. Spends lots of time with us at each appointment. Answers our questions and explains everything. Very patient and caring! Great doctor!!!
Dr . Bates is great.
Dr. Bates has been a great provider during a very difficult time for our son and family. He has been patient and very accommodating when treating a not-always-so-willing patient. Dr. Bates has answered every question with confidence and knowledge. I can't thank him and his team enough for finding the cause of my son's stomach pain and helping us get back on track with life!
All of the staff was very nice and listened fully about concerns of sons condition. They took the time to answer every question.