Robert Oates, MD FACS

About Dr. Oates

I'm a Professor of Urology at Boston University School of Medicine and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Urology. I've been the Fellowship Program Director for the past eight years and ran the Urology Residency program for fourteen years. I collaborate with colleagues across the globe on numerous research projects and helm a busy clinical practice here at Boston Medical Center (BMC).

Born and bred in Boston, I attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and stayed for my Urology residency. After finishing my residency, I was fortunate to work with Dr. Larry Lipshultz in 1988 at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for one of the first clinical fellowships in Male Reproductive Medicine. I returned to Boston after my fellowship concluded and have been an Attending Surgeon in the Department of Urology at BMC ever since.



  • Board of Directors of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine

  • Board of Directors of the WHO Guidelines Task Force on Infertility

  • President of the New England Fertility Society, 2013

  • President of the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU),  2012

  • President of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR), 2006

  • Program Chair for many societal meetings and most recently served as the Scientific Program Chair for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Annual Meeting in 2012


  • Have ongoing clinical research projects involving the genetic basis of male reproductive failure and Klinefelter syndrome as well as several involving a variety of aspects of the physiology and surgical outcomes in the male to female transgender patient.

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