Steven Bates, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Bates is dedicated to getting to know all of his patients personally and begins each consultation with a couple of questions that help him learn who they are and what they value. "I don't just jump in and start doing a physical exam and talking about surgical incisions, complications and outcomes," he says. "You really want to try to get to know your patients as people first."
He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and joined the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Department of Plastic Surgery in 2007 at the conclusion of his six-year residency in plastic surgery at Stanford University. "I knew immediately that this is the group I had to join," he says. "They are all energetic, forward-thinking, great doctors."
A Northern California native, he earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California, Davis and received his M.D. degree from the Chicago Medical School.
Dr. Bates is married and has two children. A runner, cyclist and skier, he enjoys activities that offer new experiences and adventures, including travel and starting an Internet business. In his free time, he likes spending time with his family and his practice partners.
He describes himself as someone that enjoys constantly learning new things and mastering new challenges. Working in a field that is at the forefront of surgical research techniques and where surgeons operate on the whole body, rather than just one part, is what he loves about his specialty.
The best part of his job, however, is the moment when he gets to meet with a happy patient after a successful surgery. "That is why we do it," he says. "That moment, when you are in the room with the patient and they say they are so happy with their results. It hits you in the stomach and makes you excited and ready to go out and do more surgeries."
According to Dr. Steven Bates, great cosmetic surgery results begin with getting to know your patient.
"Understanding the patient helps you come up with a good solution to the problem because in cosmetic surgery you have this huge toolbox of techniques and methods to work with and there are multiple ways to approach any one problem," he explains. "You have to tailor what you do as the surgeon to what the patient needs and what best matches that patient's personality."