Dr. William LeCates, a Cooperstown resident and president of Bassett Medical Center, was promoted to colonel in the New York Army National Guard during a recent ceremony at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham.
According to a media release, LeCates joined the New York Army National Guard in 2009 and serves as the New York Army National Guard State Surgeon, the chief medical adviser to Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, adjutant general for the State of New York. He helps oversee the work of 100 New York Army National Guard medical professionals.
LeCates is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan having deployed there twice and to Liberia in 2015 to help combat tropical and infectious diseases, which included an outbreak of the Ebola virus.
He served as the division surgeon for the Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division from 2017 to 2019 and became the state surgeon in January.
His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal and Flight Surgeon Badge.
LeCates is a nephrologist, a specialist in kidney diseases and hypertension, who studied at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for 10 years, which included a residency and fellowship.
He is also a graduate of Amherst College and worked as an assistant economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before studying medicine.
After graduating, he returned to Cooperstown as a practicing doctor, specializing in internal medicine with a focus on kidney disease. He has worked at Bassett since 2003.
He and his wife Debbie have three children, Abigail, Grace and Henry.