Hospice of Chattanooga and
CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates Ooltewah
Coming from a long line of educators, some might be surprised to find Dr. William Bates in the healthcare industry. “During my senior year of high school, my life dramatically changed course when I suddenly felt called into medicine by the Lord,” explains Dr. Bates. He then went on to receive a Rymer Scholarship from Lee University before eventually going on to receive his osteopathic medicine degree. Now practicing for nearly two decades, Dr. Bates enjoys getting to fulfill his life’s calling while also helping patients and their families, not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually.
Osteopathic Medicine Degree:
Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine – Pikeville, KY
Board-Certified, American Board of Family Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
1. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
Being honest with patients and families and showing them that we are here to help. It’s important to give patients and families the confidence that, whatever comes up, we will be here for them.
2. What do you see as the most exciting new development for your profession?
The recognition by patients and the government that the foundation for a strong healthcare system starts with primary care.
3. Why have you chosen this field of specialty?
The scope and breadth of family medicine are unique amongst the medical specialties. It is a constant challenge as no two patients are alike. Being a hospice physician is a natural progression from family medicine as both areas of medicine are built on relationships with patients and families.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
I would say determination. I am driven to find the answer to questions that I have or concerns that patients present. That determination has served my patients well over the years.
5. What accolades mean the most to you?
A simple thank you is what matters more than anything to myself and honestly to most physicians.