Peter Bates, MD served as the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer.  Prior to that, he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Academic Dean for nearly eight years at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Bates served as a member of the President’s Council at MMC and the Dean’s Executive Council of TUSM.  He is a Professor of Medicine at TUSM and MMC.

Dr. Bates received both his BS and MD from the University of Washington where he completed his Internal Medicine Internship, Residency, Chief Residency and began his Fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine.  He completed his Pulmonary Fellowship at Maine Medical Center.  He is a board member of the Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine and Community Dental.  He is a member of several regional and national specialty and academic organizations.

Dr. Bates served as the Academic Dean overseeing a medical school partnership with the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM).  This initiative offers a “Maine Track” for applicants who are interested in a unique, innovative curriculum that will offer clinical training experiences in Maine and expose medical students to the advantages of rural practice as well as training in a major tertiary medical center.  The program enrolled its first students in August 2009 and seeks to address the physician workforce shortage in Maine as well as provide access to a medical education for qualified Maine applicants.