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Mark Yates, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon


Spine surgery
Hand surgery
Knee arthroscopy and reconstruction
Shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction
Pediatric injuries
General orthopedics and trauma
Anterior approach total hip replacement

Mark Yates, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who joined Piedmont Orthopedics in 1988. He specializes in sports medicine and general orthopedic surgery. He performs a wide variety of orthopedic procedures, including arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, computer-aided knee replacement surgery, and anterior and posterior spine surgery using minimally invasive techniques. An experienced surgeon using leading-edge techniques, Dr. Yates has presented reviews of approximately 900 cases at national orthopedics meetings.

Focus on Patients

Dr. Yates enjoys getting to know his patients and helping them regain mobility.

“I’m a people person,” he says. “I like to talk with my patients and learn about their jobs and what they do. I look forward to having the opportunity to improve their ability to function and enjoy life.”

Background and Interests

Born in Oklahoma City, OK, and raised in Springfield, MO, Dr. Yates graduated from medical school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and served his residency at Duke University Medical Center. He and his wife, Kappie, have two children, Charlie and James. A former college tennis player, Dr. Yates enjoys playing golf (2 handicap) and hiking in his spare time.


Undergraduate: University of Missouri at Kansas City
Medical School: University of Missouri at Kansas City
Internship: Duke University Medical Center
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Organizations

American Medical Association
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
North Carolina Medical Society
North Carolina Orthopaedic Society
Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine
Piedmont Orthopedic Society (Duke University Orthopedic Surgery alumni organization)

Community Involvement
Dr. Yates is a leader in the Triad medical community. Currently the chief of surgery at Cone Health, he also is a past chair of the surgical peer review committee. He has served as team orthopedic physician for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Spartans since 1988.

An active volunteer in the community, Dr. Yates has a strong commitment to helping children with disabilities. He has contributed free orthopedic care to disabled children at Gateway Education Center through a monthly clinic since the late 1990s and at its newer counterpart, Haynes-Inman Education Center, since its opening in 2010. As part of his volunteer work, he has prescribed braces and provided surgery free of charge to allow disabled children to continue walking – or, in some cases, to walk for the first time.

“Even though many of them can’t talk, the smiles on their faces tell you that you did the right thing,” Dr. Yates says. “Many have looked up at the entire world from a sitting position. They are so happy when they actually stand up for the first time.”

He was recognized for his lengthy service to disabled children on May 8, 2012, which was proclaimed “Dr. Mark Yates Day” at Haynes-Inman Education Center. Arriving for his normal bi-monthly clinic, Dr. Yates was surprised by a gathering of past and present patients, parents, teachers, therapists and others who honored him with accolades and presentations.

Dr. Yates also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and is a past member and Paul Harris Fellow of Summit Rotary Club. He and his family are members of First Presbyterian Church.


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