Robert B. Yates M.D.

Robert B. Yates M.D.
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  • Hernia
  • Surgery


Dr. Yates is a board certified surgeon with advanced fellowship training in minimally invasive (laparoscopic and endoscopic) surgery. His clinical interests include the management of hernias, including inguinal/groin, ventral, incisional and hiatal hernias, and the surgical management of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract with a particular focus on disorders of the esophagus and stomach. He is a surgeon in the University of Washington Department of Surgery and the UW Medicine Hernia Center at Northwest Hospital. Dr. Yates received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency training in general surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He then completed an advanced minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the Center for Videoendoscopic Surgery at the University of Washington.

Patient Care Philosophy

The opportunity to provide surgical care to patients is a true privilege. Patients and their families place a tremendous amount of faith and trust in their surgeon, and I take that responsibility very seriously. I believe that patients do not simply have a disease that needs treatment; rather, each person has a unique set of clinical and social factors that define the goals and expectations for their surgical care. I strive to understand these factors for each patient and, whenever possible, develop and implement a treatment plan that is congruent with their goals and expectations. I encourage patients to ask questions and be active participants in their clinical decision-making process. It is particularly important to me that each patient fully understands, and has confidence in, the treatment plan that we have developed. Ultimately, it is my goal to ensure that each patient receives with the safest, most effective, and least invasive treatment possible.

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests include the treatment of a wide range of hernias, such as inguinal/groin, ventral, incisional, umbilical, parastomal, hiatal and paraesophageal. I am also interested in laparoscopic hernia repair, advanced abdominal wall reconstruction, gastroesophageal surgery, gastroesophageal reflux disease, achalasia, gallbladder disease, minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery and endoscopic surgery.

Research Interests

Dr. Yates's clinical research focuses on the goal of improving outcomes for patients undergoing surgical management of hernias and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.


Institution Credential Year
Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center Internship
Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center Residency
UW - Dept. of Surgery Fellowship
Ohio State University College of Medicine Medical education 2008
Degree Institution Year
MD Ohio State University College of Medicine 2008

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Surgery General Surgery 2013