Robert D. Oates, MD

Professor, Urology

Robert Oates


Robert D. Oates, MD, FACS, is a professor of urology at Chobanian and Avedisian 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 7/25/2022

    Ling L, Li F, Yang P, Oates RD, Silber S, Kurischko C, Luca FC, Leu NA, Zhang J, Yue Q, Skaletsky H, Brown LG, Rozen SG, Page DC, Wang PJ, Zheng K. Genetic characterization of a missense mutation in the X-linked TAF7L gene identified in an oligozoospermic man†. Biol Reprod. 2022 Jul 25; 107(1):157-167. PMID: 35554494.

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  • Published on 9/1/2021

    Milunsky A, Milunsky JM, Dong W, Hovhannisyan H, Oates RD. Correction to: A contiguous microdeletion syndrome at Xp22.13 with non-obstructive azoospermia and congenital cataracts. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2021 Sep; 38(9):2501. PMID: 34146212.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Shepherd S, Oates R. At what age should we attempt to retrieve sperm from males with Klinefelter syndrome. Transl Androl Urol. 2021 Mar; 10(3):1432-1441. PMID: 33850778.

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  • Published on 5/25/2020

    Oates RD. Commentary on: A novel hemizygous loss-of-function mutation in ADGRG2 causes male infertility with congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2020 06; 37(6):1327-1328. PMID: 32451811.

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  • Published on 4/1/2020

    Bhasin S, Oates RD. Fertility Considerations in Adolescent Klinefelter Syndrome: Current Practice Patterns. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2020 04 01; 105(4). PMID: 31875917.

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  • Published on 1/9/2020

    Milunsky A, Milunsky JM, Dong W, Hovhannisyan H, Oates RD. A contiguous microdeletion syndrome at Xp23.13 with non-obstructive azoospermia and congenital cataracts. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2020 Feb; 37(2):471-475. PMID: 31916079.

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  • Published on 12/6/2019

    Rague JT, Oates RD, Slama J, Streed C. Detection of Anal Cancer at the Time of Neovaginoplasty: Is There a Role for Anal Cancer Screening Before Gender-Affirming Genital Surgery in High-Risk Patients? LGBT Health. 2020 01; 7(1):68-69. PMID: 31809234.

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  • 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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