Surgeon Advisory Board

Richard Gates, M.D.

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Gates serves as director of cardiothoracic surgery at the CHOC Children's Heart Institute. Working in partnership with CHOC leadership, surgeons and anesthesiologists, Dr. Gates has helped create and maintain a world-class pediatric peri-operative program. He works in collaboration with UC Irvine, with whom CHOC is affiliated, to promote research and education in the program. He's dedicated to supporting CHOC's position as a best place to practice for physicians and staff, and a best place to receive care for patients and their families.

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Gates is board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery and congenital cardiac surgery. Prior to joining CHOC Children's, Dr. Gates attended medical school at Yale University School of Medicine. He served his residency training in general surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York and his residency training in cardiothoracic surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in congenital heart surgery/transplant at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Gates speaks fluent Spanish.

Robert Andtbacka, M.D., C.M.

Robert Andtbacka, M.D., C.M., is an associate professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a surgeon and investigator with Intermountain Healthcare and Huntsman Cancer Institute. He is a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program.

He specializes in surgery for melanoma, soft tissue sarcomas, and cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. His research interests include novel techniques to identify how melanoma spreads through the lymph and vascular systems; resistance to targeted therapies in soft tissue sarcomas, including gastrointestinal stromal tumors; and novel therapeutics for solid tumors. In addition, he participates in multi-center clinical trials designed to improve diagnosis and treatments for cancer patients.

Andtbacka received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he also completed a residency in general surgery. Before joining the University of Utah, he completed a three-year fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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