Robert D. Oates, MD

Professor, Urology

Robert Oates


Robert D. Oates, MD, FACS, is a professor of urology at Boston University School of Medicine. Having completed one of the early clinical fellowships in male reproductive medicine and surgery with Larry Lipshultz, MD, in 1988, he returned to Boston and has had an active clinical fellowship of his own since 1992.

Oates has presented at local, national, and international meetings on innumerable occasions. He has been instrumental in male reproductive surgical research, authoring the first papers on the intentional cryopreservation of epididymal and testis sperm, now a common approach in many IVF centers. He has also been actively involved in clinical and laboratory research on the genetic basis of male reproductive failure.

Oates serves as president of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR), directs both the fellowship and residency programs for the Boston University department of urology, collaborates both nationally and internationally on numerous research projects with many top investigators, and has a busy clinical practice involving all aspects of male reproductive medicine and surgery.


  • Boston University, MD
  • Johns Hopkins University, BA


  • Published on 1/28/2019

    Bearelly P, Oates R. Recent advances in managing and understanding Klinefelter syndrome. F1000Res. 2019; 8. PMID: 30755791.

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  • Published on 7/15/2018

    Niederberger C, Pellicer A, Cohen J, Gardner DK, Palermo GD, O'Neill CL, Chow S, Rosenwaks Z, Cobo A, Swain JE, Schoolcraft WB, Frydman R, Bishop LA, Aharon D, Gordon C, New E, Decherney A, Tan SL, Paulson RJ, Goldfarb JM, Brännström M, Donnez J, Silber S, Dolmans MM, Simpson JL, Handyside AH, Munné S, Eguizabal C, Montserrat N, Izpisua Belmonte JC, Trounson A, Simon C, Tulandi T, Giudice LC, Norman RJ, Hsueh AJ, Sun Y, Laufer N, Kochman R, Eldar-Geva T, Lunenfeld B, Ezcurra D, D'Hooghe T, Fauser BCJM, Tarlatzis BC, Meldrum DR, Casper RF, Fatemi HM, Devroey P, Galliano D, Wikland M, Sigman M, Schoor RA, Goldstein M, Lipshultz LI, Schlegel PN, Hussein A, Oates RD, Brannigan RE, Ross HE, Pennings G, Klock SC, Brown S, Van Steirteghem A, Rebar RW, LaBarbera AR. Forty years of IVF. Fertil Steril. 2018 07 15; 110(2):185-324.e5. PMID: 30053940.

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  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Barratt CLR, Björndahl L, De Jonge CJ, Lamb DJ, Osorio Martini F, McLachlan R, Oates RD, van der Poel S, St John B, Sigman M, Sokol R, Tournaye H. The diagnosis of male infertility: an analysis of the evidence to support the development of global WHO guidance-challenges and future research opportunities. Hum Reprod Update. 2017 Nov 01; 23(6):660-680. PMID: 28981651.

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  • Published on 1/7/2017

    Avellino G, Theva D, Oates RD. Common urologic diseases in older men and their treatment: how they impact fertility. Fertil Steril. 2017 Feb; 107(2):305-311. PMID: 28073432.

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  • Published on 7/7/2016

    Tournaye H, Krausz C, Oates RD. Concepts in diagnosis and therapy for male reproductive impairment. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2017 Jul; 5(7):554-564. PMID: 27395770.

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  • Published on 7/7/2016

    Tournaye H, Krausz C, Oates RD. Novel concepts in the aetiology of male reproductive impairment. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2017 Jul; 5(7):544-553. PMID: 27395771.

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  • Published on 7/6/2016

    Oates R. Adolescent Klinefelter syndrome: is there an advantage to testis tissue harvesting or not? F1000Res. 2016; 5. PMID: 27441089.

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  • Published on 12/31/2015

    Gies I, Oates R, De Schepper J, Tournaye H. Testicular biopsy and cryopreservation for fertility preservation of prepubertal boys with Klinefelter syndrome: a pro/con debate. Fertil Steril. 2016 Feb; 105(2):249-55. PMID: 26748226.

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  • Published on 7/1/2015

    Yang F, Silber S, Leu NA, Oates RD, Marszalek JD, Skaletsky H, Brown LG, Rozen S, Page DC, Wang PJ. TEX11 is mutated in infertile men with azoospermia and regulates genome-wide recombination rates in mouse. EMBO Mol Med. 2015 Sep; 7(9):1198-210. PMID: 26136358.

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  • Published on 3/12/2015

    Lee NG, Andrews E, Rosoklija I, Logvinenko T, Johnson EK, Oates RD, Estrada CR. The effect of spinal cord level on sexual function in the spina bifida population. J Pediatr Urol. 2015 Jun; 11(3):142.e1-6. PMID: 25864616.

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