Chief Medical Officer, Our Medical Provider Team, Leadership Team

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.