Robert D. Oates, MD


Robert D. Oates, M.D., F.A.C.S. is Professor of Urology at Boston University School of Medicine. Having completed one of the early clinical fellowships in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery with Dr. Larry Lipshultz in 1988, he returned to Boston and has had an active clinical fellowship of his own since 1992. Dr Oates has presented at local, national and international meetings on innumerable occasions (symposia, podium, poster, roundtable). 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, having directed the research leading to the first peer-reviewed manuscript linking Congenital Bilateral Absence of the Vas Deferens and mutations in the Cystic Fibrosis genes. Dr. Oates has authored the definitive publication on the clinical aspects of a Y chromosomal AZFc microdeletion. He presently serves as Immediate Past-President of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR),¬† is the Associate Program Director for¬†Urology Residency program 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. He has been named to Castle and Connolly’s Best Doctors in America for the last several consecutive years.


  • Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Boston Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX


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