With over 30 years of experience as a physician, and over 20 years of experience in correctional medicine and medical management, Dr. Rusty Bates has led QCHC as its President & Chief Executive Officer since he founded the company in 2005.

QCHC has been listed in the Top 100 Privately-Held Businesses headquartered in Birmingham by the Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ) since 2015 (5th fastest growing company in 2017); as well as receiving a Top 25 Excellence in Businesses award from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) National Alumni Society in 2016 and 2017 (2nd fastest growing large company). QCHC was recently listed on the BBJ’s Fast Track 30 fastest growing businesses in Birmingham. Dr. Bates was recognized by the BBJ as one of Birmingham’s Top CEOs in 2010.

Dr. Bates is licensed to practice medicine in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and has practiced medicine in hospitals, emergency rooms, private practice, nursing homes, prisons, and jails. He is also a Certified Correctional Health Professional (CCHP) by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) by the American Association for Physician Leadership (formerly the American College of Physician Executives), and a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  Most recently, Dr. Bates successfully met the requirements to obtain the Certified Correctional Healthcare Professional-Physician credential from the NCCHC. The CCHP–Physician credential is designed to recognize expertise among physicians practicing in the specialized field of correctional health care. A CCHP-P is one who has demonstrated understanding of the medical needs of the inmate population and possesses knowledge of the unique challenges, legal context and policies and procedures specific to physicians practicing in a correctional environment.

Before founding QCHC, Dr. Bates served as Medical Director at the Hamilton Prison for the Aged & Infirm, then as Corporate Medical Director and Chief Medical Information Officer for a national correctional healthcare company. He also served for ten years on the Alabama Medical Licensure Commission, from 2000 to 2010.

Dr. Bates received his MD and BA in Mathematics from UAB, served his Residency and Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and also holds a Masters in Medical Management (MMM) from the Hines School of Public Policy at Carnegie-Mellon University.