Chief Medical Officer, Medical Providers Team, Executive Leadership

Dr. Gates provides Express Care services to current patients and assists patients of other providers who require same day appointments. Our Express Care providers work closely with our primary care providers to ensure patients are seen the same day whenever possible regardless of whether they feel sick or well. If you are new to Wood River Health, you will need to schedule a new patient visit before Express Care services are available.

Dr. Gates trained at McGill University Faculty of Medicine and completed residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Gates practiced hospital medicine and obstetrical medicine consultation in the Care New England health system for 15 years and was awarded the inaugural “Kent Hospital Physician of the Year” before moving to outpatient practice. Ultimately becoming Chief Medical Information Officer, he worked to empower providers in the new build and design of Epic Ambulatory.

Dr. Gates’ career-long interests and expertise in Reliability and Patient Safety in systems of care delivery have shown a 32-83% reduction in avoidable ER use and a six-fold reduction in dangerous 30-day readmissions. Over the last four years as Chief Medical Officer for a large Rhode Island FQHC, Dr. Gates garnered over $24,000,000 in net-new Medicaid revenue for their mission of patient safety and equity of health care access using proactive care management and easy, flexible processes for primary care teams. Dr. Gates spends his free time with his two children, pet ‘Chug’ Petra, and building or repairing antique vacuum tube amplifiers. He joined Wood River Health's leadership team in January 2023.