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The oldest of four sons born to Jimmy and JoAnn Cates in Cookeville, Tennessee, James W. Cates, M.D., attended high school for four years at Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee. Excelling both academically and athletically, Dr. Cates was chosen his senior year by the faculty as Battalion Commander for the entire corp, graduated with honors, and was a varsity letterman in both football and track.
After high school, Dr. Cates attended undergraduate programs at University of Tennessee - Knoxville, University of California at Los Angeles, and Tennessee State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science. In 1985, Cates graduated from medical school at the Meharry College of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, and subsequently completed his three-year residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in the Family Physician Program. Dr. Cates has experience in cancer research at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, microbiology work at UCLA, and in the Department of Endocrinology at Vanderbilt University.
Currently, Dr. Cates is board certified in family practice and a Fellow American Academy of Family Practice. In 1987, he began practicing emergency medicine at Cookeville Regional Medical Center and also gained experience while working at Livingston Regional Hospital from 1988 until 1998, and at Mid State Sports Medicine with Orthopedist Dr. Richard Williams.
Dr. Cates is the full time President and CEO for Satellite Med.