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Verified Patient Rating: 4.9 (21 patient reviews and ratings)

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General Orthopedics, Knee, Robotic Joint Replacement, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Dr. Kenneth Oates is fellowship-trained and board-certified in orthopedic surgery and holds a subspecialty certificate in orthopedic sports medicine. He specializes in the surgical and nonsurgical care of knee, shoulder, and sports-related injuries and conditions. His surgical expertise includes arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery as well as total joint replacement. Dr. Oates uses the most current medical technologies and works closely with his patients to get them back to their favorite activities.

Dr. Oates received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He earned his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Oates went on to complete his internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of California, San Diego. Following his post-graduate medical training, he received fellowship training in sports medicine and knee and shoulder reconstruction at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado.

Dr. Oates is active in the outdoors as a skier, bike rider, and hiker, and is also involved in martial arts.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Doctor of Medicine: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Surgery Internship: University of California, San Diego, CA
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of California, San Diego, CA
  • Orthopedic Research Fellowship: University of California, San Diego, CA
  • Sports Medicine and Knee and Shoulder Reconstruction Fellowship: The Steadman Clinic, Vail, CO


  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Professional Associations

  • Arthroscopy Association of North America Skills Lab, Instructor

Hospital Affiliations

  • Skagit Northwest Orthopedic Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Island Hospital

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“Full right shoulder replacement on 9/26/16; very successful surgery and ensuing 4 months of Physical Therapy played my 1st full round of golf with all clubs last week! No pain,neither immediate nor residual. Great and skinful surgeon; both from myself and the PT's in La Conner & Tucson. Dr Oates is an excellent communicator both with the patient and his family and his support staff. Leading up to the surgery, I had many choices; glad we choose Dr. Oates!”
– Dave S.
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