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Dr Andrew Bates

Endocrinology and diabetes mellitus

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Last updated: 24 Apr 2020

About me

My professional qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Pathology, MBChB, MD and FRCP (UK).

My undergraduate medical education was at Leeds University Medical School. I qualified in 1987 with distinction in microbiology. I obtained an additional degree, BSc (Hons), in chemical pathology, during the course of my medical studies. My postgraduate experience and training was obtained in West Yorkshire and the Midlands. I have been fortunate in training under the supervision of many very eminent endocrinologists in the past, both in Birmingham and beyond. I obtained membership of the Royal College of Physicians at the first attempt in 1990.

I was awarded a Sheldon Research Fellowship following a competitive selection process, to fund a period of three years of research under the supervision of Professor RN Clayton, which culminated in the award of my MD thesis in 1997 (Molecular genetics and epidemiology of pituitary tumours).

My professional qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in chemical pathology, MBChB, MD and FRCP (UK). I became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2003. I am also a member of the Society for Endocrinology, Endocrine Society (USA) and Diabetes (UK).

I was appointed as a Consultant Endocrinologist/Diabetologist at the University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust, Birmingham, on 1 December 1997. 

I have chosen to maintain a very active, patient focused clinical role since my appointment in 1997.
I have a strong interest in all of the main areas of Endocrinology and Diabetes and have built up considerable experience over the last 16 years as a Consultant. I am directly responsible for weekly Thyroid (ARSAC license holder enabling direct access to radioiodine for patients with overactive thyroid glands), Pituitary, Metabolic Bone (Osteoporosis, Vitamin D deficiency, Hyperparathyroidism), Reproductive Endocrinology (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, hirsutism, prolactin disorders), and General Endocrinology (Addison's disease, Adrenal disorders, gynaecomastia, disorders of testosterone secretion).

Patient feedback is central in ensuring high quality care. In my last 360 deg appraisal, 25/26 patients were 'very satisfied' with their consultation. Comments such as ‘The doctor was excellent and always has been’ ' A very competent doctor’ ‘Prepared to listen and give his time’ ‘Friendly and made me feel at ease, provide strong evidence of high quality care.

Feedback from colleagues is also very relevant. In the same 360 deg appraisal,15/15 colleagues rated me as good/outstanding for clinical assessment and 16/16 good/outstanding for patient management. Both scores were above the national/specialty average. Across the whole spectrum of clinical care, 80/80 responses were good/outstanding. Comments such as 'In my opinion Dr Bates is an outstanding doctor' 'Many of his patients I see hold him in very high regard', 'Very helpful and supportive..'. are very rewarding.

I continue to publish research in respected peer reviewed journals. I continue to participate in national and international conferences, which I attend regularly.

In my spare time I enjoy playing sport, cycling, gardening, listening to music and reading.

Areas of interest

Thyroid disease;
Overactive thyroid disorders
Hyper and hypothyroidism
Osteoporosis;
Calcium disorders;
Parathyroid disease;
Bone disease;
Pituitary disease;
Hirsutism;
PCOS;
Diabetes Mellitus; Hormone tests

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