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Robert Oates

Urologist

Dr. Robert Oates is a urologist practicing in Boston, MA. Dr. Oates specializes in Male Infertility and is internationally recognized as an expert in all areas of this field. Dr Oates is Fellowship trained in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery and is one of the leading Vasectomy Reversal surgeons in the region. He has authored numerous publications and continues to advance the science of the genetic basis of male infertility. He and his support staff are caring and pride themselves on scheduling patients in a very timely and convenient fashion. Erica can be reached at 617.638.1007 and will be happy to facilitate an initial visit.

Dr. Oates is a Professor of Urology at Boston University School of Medicine. He has presented at local, national and international meetings on innumerable occasions (symposia, podium, poster, roundtable). In his male reproductive surgical research career, he authored the first papers on the intentional cryopreservation of epididymal and testis sperm and has been actively involved in clinical and laboratory research on the genetic basis of male reproductive failure, having directed the research leading to the first peer-reviewed manuscript linking Congenital Bilateral Absence of the Vas Deferens and mutations in the Cystic Fibrosis genes. He authored the definitive publication on the clinical aspects of a Y chromosomal AZFc microdeletion with David Page. He has served as President of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR), the President of the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU), an affiliate society within ASRM, and President of the New England Fertility Society.

He directs the Fellowship and Residency programs for the Boston University Department of Urology, and has a busy clinical practice involving all aspects of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He has served as Program Chair for many national societal meetings and was the Scientific Program Chair for the 2012 ASRM Annual Meeting.
37 years Experience
Robert Oates
Specializes in:
  • Vasectomy Reversal
  • Male Infertility
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Boston, MA
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

What is the best treatment for an overactive bladder?

You should see a Urologist as soon as possible. You need to make sure of two important things before the decision is made that your bladder is "overactive". The first is to make READ MORE
You should see a Urologist as soon as possible. You need to make sure of two important things before the decision is made that your bladder is "overactive". The first is to make sure that there is no irritative source within your bladder. The second is to make sure that you are not in a state of retention where you cannot empty your bladder completely and it "fills to the brim" quickly, you feel a need to go, you empty just a small part of what is in there, and on and on. Finally, an assessment of your prostate. I cannot emphasize enough making sure to see a Urologist for these considerations before any treatment is decided upon. Dr Oates

I have a brownish discharge while urinating since yesterday. What could it be?

Could be "myoglobin" if you did a lot of heavy exercise or had some trauma to a muscular area. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and visit your doctor right away.

My husband is suffering from erectile dysfunction. Could it be due to an underlying health condition?

Can be associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity - should be checked by a Urologist to diagnose and treat.

Inner tip of penis opening is white and a dull pain. I believe I have HPV.

It could be Lichen Sclerosis, a benign condition, but I would recommend seeing a urologist for an evaluation.

Is dark yellow urine a sign of infection?

Color and odor can be due to a lot of different things. Darker yellow generally indicates dehydration so see it it clears with a lot of fluid intake. Odor can be from asparagus, READ MORE
Color and odor can be due to a lot of different things. Darker yellow generally indicates dehydration so see it it clears with a lot of fluid intake. Odor can be from asparagus, for example.

Can smoking cause urinary incontinence?

Probably not (but always a possibility) but you definitely want to see a Urologist for an evaluation as incontinence in someone your age is distinctly unusual.

I have a pea sized lump on my right testical

Any testicular lump or bump that is growing in size should be evaluated by a urologist to figure out if it is anything you need to be concerned about.

Why is the tip of my penis turning white?

Hi, it certainly may be nothing, but a physical examination by a urologist would be in order as it may be lichen sclerosis - a benign disease, but one that can sometimes lead to READ MORE
Hi, it certainly may be nothing, but a physical examination by a urologist would be in order as it may be lichen sclerosis - a benign disease, but one that can sometimes lead to tightening of the opening where the urine comes out (the meatus).

Is there any treatment to increase sperm count?

The optimal treatment for infertility is that each of you visit an expert. For you, a urologist with special training in male infertility, and for your wife, a reproductive endocrinologist READ MORE
The optimal treatment for infertility is that each of you visit an expert. For you, a urologist with special training in male infertility, and for your wife, a reproductive endocrinologist who is a gynecologist with specialty training in female infertility. There is no simple answer to your question, but with the history and examination by the urologist, there may be options to improve things or, together with the reproductive endocrinologist, there may be options to help you become pregnant in other ways.

Why should people with kidney stones avoid spinach?

Hi, spinach is high in "oxalate" which is a component of some - but not all - kidney stones. The doctor probably analyzed a stone or stone fragment to see what its composition READ MORE
Hi, spinach is high in "oxalate" which is a component of some - but not all - kidney stones. The doctor probably analyzed a stone or stone fragment to see what its composition was. That information forms the basis of dietary advice.

Is fertility reduced with spina bifida?

Fertility may be affected depending upon what level the spina bifida is affecting. For low-level lesions (lower lumbar and sacral), fertility may be fine. For higher level lesions, READ MORE
Fertility may be affected depending upon what level the spina bifida is affecting. For low-level lesions (lower lumbar and sacral), fertility may be fine. For higher level lesions, fertility may be significantly reduced, secondary to sperm production problems. I was happy to see your question since I was involved in one of the first studies to demonstrate this and there have been only a few since that time. So, it may or may not be affected, as it depends on the neurological defect level.

Dr. Robert Oates