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Robert D Oates
EWG: Male subfertility work-up

Robert D Oates
Robert D Oates, MD
Professor of Urology
Vice Chairman, Department of Urology
Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center
Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery

I am a Professor of Urology at Boston University School of Medicine. Having completed one of the early clinical fellowships in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery in 1988, I returned to Boston and have trained many fellows and residents in my subspecialty. I have presented at local, national and international meetings on innumerable occasions (symposia, podium, poster, roundtable). In my male reproductive surgical research career, I authored the first papers on the intentional cryopreservation of epididymal and testis sperm and have 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. I authored the definitive publication on the clinical aspects of a Y chromosomal AZFc microdeletion with David Page. I have 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 am currently the President of the New England Fertility Society. I direct the Fellowship and Residency programs for the Boston University Department of Urology, and have a busy clinical practice involving all aspects of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. I have served as Program Chair for many national societal meetings and was the Scientific Program Chair for the 2012 ASRM Annual Meeting.

Ten most recent publications

  • Harnisch BA, Oates, RD: “Genetic Disorders Related to Male Factor Infertility and Their Adverse Consequences” in Seminars in Reproductive Medicine. Reindollar RH, Goldman MB (eds). Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY, 30:105-115, 2012
  • Cimmino C, Oates RD: “Azoospermia” in Fertility Preservation in Male Cancer Patients. Mulhall J, Applegarth L, Oates RD, Schlegel P (eds). Cambridge University Press, New York, NY 2012
  • Harnisch BA, Oates, RD: “Pre-IVF evaluation of the infertile man” in In Vitro Fertilization: A Comprehensive Guide. Ginsburg ES, Racowsky C (eds). Springer Press, Philadelphia, PA. 2012
  • Oates RD: “Genetic Evaluation of Male Infertility” in Male Infertility: Surgical and Medical Management. Goldstein M and Schlegel PN (eds). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 2013
  • Oates RD: “Poor Quality Ejaculate Sperm: Do the Data Support the Use of Testis Sperm?” in Biennial Review of Infertility. Schlegel PN, Fauser B, Carrell DT and Racowsky C (eds). Springer Press, New York. 2013
  • Phillips E, Carpenter C, Oates RD: “Ejaculatory Dysfunction” in “Current Management of Male Infertility” in Urologic Clinics of North America. Neiderberger C (ed). Elsevier Press, Philadelphia, in press.
  • Oates, RD: “Evaluation of the azoospermic male” Asian J Andrology. 14:82-87, 2012 (PMID 22179510)
  • Oates, RD: “The natural history of endocrine function and spermatogenesis in Klinefelter syndrome: what the data show” Fertil Steril. 98:266-73, 2012 (PMID 22846647)
  • Rosen SG, Marszalek JD, Irenze K, Skaletsky H, Brown LG, Oates RD, Silber SJ, Ardlie K, Page DC: “AZFc deletions and spermatogenic failure: a population based survey of 20,000 Y chromosomes” Am J Hum Genet October 2012 (PMID 23103232)
  • Oates, RD: “Commentary on Successful Testicular Sperm Retrieval in Adolescents with Klinefelter Syndrome Treated with at Least One Year of Topical Testosterone and Aromatase Inhibitor”. Fertil Steril June 2013, Awaiting Publication