Dr Timothy Bates BChD (Hons), PGCert (ClinEd), MSc, PhD, MFDS, FRCPath

Dr Timothy Bates

School of Dentistry
Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Contact details

Department of Cellular Pathology
University Hospitals Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital
B15 2GW

Tim is a consultant and honorary senior clinical lecturer in oral and maxillofacial pathology, based at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust and the School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham.


MSc in Management, University of Liverpool, 2020

FRCPath (Oral Pathology), 2016

PhD in Dental Sciences, Newcastle University, 2015

Post-graduate certificate in Clinical Education, Newcastle University, 2011

Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 2007

BChD (Hons), Leeds Dental Institute, 2005


Tim graduated in dentistry from the University of Leeds in 2005 and stayed in Yorkshire for his dental foundation training.  After a year at Guy’s and St. Thomas’, as senior house officer in oral pathology and oral medicine, Tim undertook academic specialty training in oral and maxillofacial pathology in Newcastle.

In 2016, Tim was appointed as consultant pathologist by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.  He helps to provide the diagnostic biopsy service for clinicians at the Birmingham Dental Hospital.


BDS4 - Tim supports the oral pathology teaching for undergraduate dental students in Birmingham School of Dentistry.  He organises clinico-pathological conferences which foster the discussion of interesting cases among clinical and academic staff, trainees, and undergraduate students

Postgraduate supervision

Tim supervises general histopathology trainees rotating through University Hospitals Birmingham.  He is an examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists’ Part One examination (Oral Pathology).


Tim’s PhD research evaluated EGFR, SOX2, and PAX9 in oral carcinogenesis.  He has published several reports of interesting cases as his clinical career has progressed.  He has recently begun research in healthcare management, in the field of human resources.

Other activities

Tim has served as honorary treasurer for the British Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology since 2017.

He is a co-organiser of the UKNEQAS national external quality assurance scheme for interpretive head and neck pathology.


Sathasivam, HP, Casement J, Bates T, Sloan P, Thomson P, Robinson M, Kist R.J.  (2020), Gene expression changes associated with malignant transformation of oral potentially malignant disorders.  Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine. 2. doi: 10.1111/jop.13090. Online ahead of print.

Elledge, R., Nandra, B., Bates, T.J., Zardo, D., Parmar, S.  (2020) Storiform collagenoma (sclerotic fibroma) of the oral mucosa. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 58(2):231-233. doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2019.11.005.

Phillips, H.M., Stothard, C.A., Shaikh Qureshi W.M., Kousa, A.I., Briones, J.A., Khasawneh, R.R., O’Loughlin, C., Sanders, R., Mazzotta, S., Dodds, R., Seidel, K., Bates, T., Nakatomi, M., Cockell, S.J., Schneider, J.E., Mohun, T.J. Maehr, R., Kist, R., Peters, H., Bamforth, S.D.  (2019),  Pax9 is required for cardiovascular development and interacts with Tbx1 in the pharyngeal endoderm to control 4th pharyngeal arch artery morphogenesis.  Development, 23;146(18):dev177618. doi: 10.1242/dev.177618.

Yao A, Bates TJ, Pearson J, Robinson M, Ward C, Powell J.  (2018), Laryngeal candidiasis: Our experience from sixty biopsy specimens.  Clinical Otolaryngology. 43(2): 729-732.

Bates TJ, Kennedy M, Diajil A, Goodson M, Thomson P, Doran E, Farrimond H, Thavaraj S, Sloan P, Kist R, Robinson M.  (2016), Changes in Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Gene Copy Number During Oral Carcinogenesis. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. 25(6): 97 – 35.

Bates T, Keith D, Sloan P. (2014), Unicystic Ameloblastoma Presenting in Gardner's Syndrome. Head and Neck Pathology, 8(2):239 – 40.

Bates T, McQueen A, Iqbal MS, Kelly C, Robinson M. (2014), Small Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Oropharynx Harbouring Oncogenic HPV-Infection. Head and Neck Pathology, 8(1):127-31.

Bates T, Plessis DD, Polvikoski T, Sloan P, McQueen A, Meikle D, Kelly C, Robinson M. (2012), Ganglioneuroblastic Transformation in Olfactory Neuroblastoma. Head and Neck Pathology, 6(1):150-5

Gallagher JE, Bates TJ, Kalsi H, Shah A, Wang YJ, Newton JT.  (2010), What is the role of senior house officer or dental foundation year two posts in professional careers? Exploring the motivations for, and perceived benefits of, undertaking SHO posts in two London hospitals. Primary Dental Care. 17 (3):115-22.