Jacksonville's top orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine.

Dr. Bates is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. Dr. Bates has acted as the team physician for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Jacksonville Sharks. He has also spent time through fellowship training helping the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo, and the University of Houston. Currently, Dr. Bates is the team physician for various area high schools and sports clubs such as Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association.
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2627 Riverside Ave, Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL 32204



Riverside Clinic
Middleburg Clinic
Orange Park Clinic
Southside Clinic


Opening Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 - 5:00
9:30 - 5:30

If sports injuries are slowing you down, you don't have to give up your active lifestyle.

Dr. Aaron Bates has a strong presence in the Jacksonville sports community. Dr. Bates is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and fellowship trained in Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy. As a member of the Southeast Orthopedic Specialists physician team, Dr. Bates practices in the Greater Jacksonville area including Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties.

Southeast Orthopedic Specialists’ distinct sub-specialties and unique practice ensures unparalleled expertise in the diagnosis, treatment, and surgery of musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr. Bates specialties include; ACL Repair/Reconstruction, rotator cuff repair including SCR, Knee joint preservation procedures, Shoulder dislocations and labral repair, elbow Tommy John repair, total shoulder replacement, biceps and hamstring tendon repairs.

Patient Inspiration

I suffered a torn ACL and meniscus and I never thought I would play again. Dr. Bates performed a perfect reconstruction. I was able to be cleared and returned playing basketball in 5 months.
- Ashton F. Daytona State College

Sports Medicine Specialties.

Whether you are an area athlete or a “weekend warrior,” Dr. Bates offers you the highest quality of sports medicine care in Northeast Florida.

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Professional Partnership, For Any Program.

Need a team physician? Dr. Bates has acted as the team physician for the Houston Texans, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo and the University of Houston, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Jacksonville Sharks.  Currently, Dr. Bates is the team physician for various area high schools.

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Dr. Bates is the team physician for various Jacksonville, FL area high schools.

Orthopedic Specialties

AC Joint Separation

AC Joint Separation

The most common cause of an AC joint injury is a direct contact force impacting the top of the shoulder. The impact can cause the joint to experience a mild sprain or a complete shoulder separation. Depending on the severity of injury will determine if conservative or surgical treatment will be required.
Shoulder Arthritis

Shoulder Arthritis

It is estimated approximately 20% of the older, adult population is affected by shoulder arthritis. Arthritis of the shoulder causes patients to feel chronic shoulder joint pain, stiffness, and weakness.
Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator Cuff Repair

A rotator cuff injury is a common injury seen in both young and active adults. The injury itself may be an acute injury related to a fall or sudden lifting motion.

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