James Oates

Title:  1&2) Director of Rheumatology and Immunology, Vice Chair of Research in Medicine 3) Staff Physician and Researcher
Company: 1&2) Medical University of South Carolina 3) Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
Location:  Charleston, South Carolina, United States

James Oates, Director of Rheumatology and Immunology and Vice-Chair of Research in Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, Staff Physician and Researcher at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in rheumatology.

Dr. Oates was inspired by his father, John Alexander Oates, who was a clinical pharmacologist; he additionally had a focus on cardiology and lipid metabolism. Dr. Oates attended college at Johns Hopkins University, which is where he met Dr. Mary Betty Stevens and was introduced to rheumatology. In this respect, he currently holds several roles in the medical field. In his academic pursuits, he first earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Bates College in 1986 and then continued at Johns Hopkins to receive an MD in 1991. He continued with an internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center before completing a rotation in infectious disease at Muhimbili Medical Center. Following this, Dr. Oates completed a fellowship in rheumatology at Duke University and at the Medical University of South Carolina.

For Dr. Oates, his career highlights are the many insights he has gained from his research. Additionally, he is proud of his ability to emphasize the importance of modulating inflammation in Lupus and focusing on that as a potential drug inducing target cell. Dr. Oates is also interested in the study of biomarkers using machine learning in combination with panels of biomarkers, which gives researches a better prediction than just choosing one with a certain cut. The importance of this is that Dr. Oates and his team have gained new insights into the heterogeneous disease they have been studying. Looking toward the future, Dr. Oates hopes to bring his division to a new level in clinical care, along with research and education in the following three areas: systemic sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus (a form of Lupus that effects the whole body rather than a skin disease), and vasculitis. Pertaining to research, he is hoping that what they are working on will lead to develop treatments for Lupus, specifically heart and kidney disease related to Lupus.

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