CHWS Consulting Physician
Dr. Bateman is board certified in family and sports medicine, and he has been the University of Puget Sound team physician since 1994. Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Mike majored in chemistry at Brigham Young University. He is fluent in Spanish, served a church mission among migrant farmworkers, and played a brief collegiate volleyball stint. The University of Missouri-Columbia was the home of his medical school, with brief rotations at UCLA's Ventura County Hospital and Puyallup Tribal Health Clinic. He completed his 3-year residency at the University of Washington affiliate Tacoma Family Medicine, working in the Mary Bridge Children Hospital and Tacoma General Hospital.
Mike was instrumental in diagnosing rare copper toxicity in an adolescent patient that led to the 5th successful, life-saving liver transplant in the world. He has worked as a physician at Iron Man Championships in Hawaii for the past 5 years. He serves as a medical co-director of the Tacoma City Marathon and Sound-to-Narrows 12-K run. He volunteers as a sports medicine physician for Curtis High School and the newly formed Tacoma Tides professional basketball team. He has prepared several manuscripts and given lectures about endurance sports medicine, concussions, female-athlete triad, thermal stress in exercise and osteoporosis, athletes, and anemia.
Dr. Bateman practices medicine at Primary Care Northwest, a 20-year-old clinic in Tacoma, WA. He and his wife raise 6 children and are training for the Pacific Crest Half Marathon in Sunriver, Oregon.