Kenneth M. Oates, MD For an appointment call: 360.424.7041


  • Orthopedic


  • Foot & Ankle
  • Hand, Wrist & Elbow
  • Knee
  • Pediatrics
  • Shoulder
  • Sports Medicine
  • Total Joint Replacements

Care Center:

Skagit Northwest Orthopedics

Clinic Locations:

  • Anacortes - Commercial Avenue
  • Mt. Vernon - Continental

Kenneth Oates, MD, has double board certification in both general orthopedics and sports medicine. He did two fellowships and completed research on knee ligament injuries, biological alternatives to joint replacement, and joint replacement surgery.

He enjoys helping people get back to the activities they enjoy. He feels it is truly a gift to be involved in his patients’ efforts to return to the lifestyle that they have been missing because of injury, wear and tear, or arthritis. Having been active in sports his entire life and having had a number of orthopedic injuries of his own (five surgeries at last count), he tries to keep in mind what it is like to be in the patient’s position.

Dr. Oates teaches arthroscopy regularly at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Chicago and has been an editor and reviewer for the Arthroscopy scientific journal. He is very proud of his son and daughter, both of whom were raised in Anacortes. He is active in the outdoors as a skier, bike rider, and hiker. He is also involved in martial arts and is a second-degree black belt in Shito-Ryu Karate. In college, he was on the West coast champion University of Washington lightweight rowing team.

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Education & Fellowship

BS, University of Washington, Seattle
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Orthopedic surgery, University of California, San Diego

Orthopedic research, University of California, San Diego
Sports medicine, knee and shoulder reconstruction, The Steadman Clinic

Board certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Professional Affiliations

Instructor, Orthopedic Learning Center, Chicago, Illinois
Editor and reviewer (former), Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic & Related Surgery

Surgical Facilities