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Richard Gates, MD

(714) 997-2224

Thoracic Surgery

Board Certified:
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, Congenital Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery


Dr. Gates is on staff at CHOC Children's Hospital

Orange County Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons
1310 West Stewart Drive
Suite 503
Orange, CA 92868
phone: (714) 997-2224
fax: (714) 997-1187
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Physician / Researcher Bio

With over 20 years of experience, Dr Gates serves as director of cardiothoracic surgery at the CHOC Children’s Heart Institute. Working in partnership with CHOC leadership, surgeons and anesthesiologists, Dr. Gates has helped create and maintain a world-class pediatric peri-operative program. He works in collaboration with UC Irvine, with whom CHOC is affiliated, to promote research and education in the program. He’s dedicated to supporting CHOC’s position as a best place to practice for physicians and staff, and a best place to receive care for patients and their families.

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Gates is board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery and congenital cardiac surgery. Prior to joining CHOC Children’s, Dr. Gates attended medical school at Yale University School of Medicine. He served his residency training in general surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York and his residency training in cardiothoracic surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in congenital heart surgery/transplant at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Gates speaks fluent Spanish.

Administrative Appointments

  • Surgeon-in-Chief, CHOC Children's
  • Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery, CHOC Children’s Heart Institute
  • Interim Medical Director, Heart Institute, CHOC Children's


  • Medical School
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • General Surgery Residency
    Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, NY
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency
    UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Congenital Heart Surgery/Transplant Fellowship
    UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • General Surgery

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American College of Cardiology
  • Western Thoracic Surgical Association
  • Congenital Heart Surgeons Society

Published Works

Gates RN, Yost P, Parker B. The use ofbivalirudin for pediatric anticoagulation in HIT patients. 2009 5th international conference on pediatric mechanical circulatory support and pediatric cardiopulmonary perfusion. Dallas, TX

Gates RN, Palafox BA. Early results with an extracellular tissue matrix for cardiovascular tissue use in pediatric patients. 2011 Society of Thoracic Surgeons, San Diego, CA.

Gates RN, Yost P, ParkerB. The use of bilalirudin for pediatric anticoagulation in HIT patients . Artificial Organs, 2010;34(8): 667-69.

Sah S, Berdjis F, Valdes S, Gates RN. Pseudoaneurysm of surgically reconstructed right ventricular outflow tract. World J Ped Conggenital Heart Surg, 2013;4(1):116-9.

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UC Irvine

CHOC Children's is affiliated with the UC Irvine School of Medicine