American College of Cardiology honors Forrest General physician
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (March 9, 2018) Thad Waites, MD, FACC, cardiologist at Hattiesburg Clinic and on the medical staff at Forrest General, will be awarded the American College of Cardiology’s 2018 Master of the ACC Award (MACC) at the Convocation Ceremony on March 12 during the ACC’s 67th Annual Scientific Session in Orlando, Fla. The ACC chooses only three people worldwide for their highest honor.
“I would like to congratulate Dr. Waites for being honored on a national level by his most distinguished colleagues. His presence and influence have made a huge impact on our Heart and Vascular Department and the Pine Belt community,” said Andy Woodard, Forrest Health president.
A native of Waynesboro, Mississippi, Waites has practiced medicine for nearly 50 years. He was first inspired to go into the medical field by his brother, the late James C. Waites, MD.
He said, “My brother was a physician, but I was a bit of a rebel then. Although he was my idol and hero, I wasn’t going to just do what my brother had done. In college, I took an occupational assessment that read overwhelmingly for medicine so I thought I should pay attention. I have loved medicine, and I have loved cardiology. I can’t imagine being in a profession that I would have enjoyed more.”
Waites has held many positions throughout his career including the ACC’s Board of Governors and a member of the ACC’s Board of Trustees, and he currently serves as chair for the ACC’s Health Affairs Committee and vice-chair for the Mississippi State Board of Health. He has been a cardiologist at Forrest General Hospital since 1987.
While reflecting on his career, Waites remarked that he has enjoyed many different kinds of experiences. As a medical student, he spent one summer in the mission field in Indonesia. He also served the United States in the military as a flight surgeon in both the Marine Corps and the Navy. In the Navy, he volunteered to become part of a federal program in the Beaufort, South Carolina area providing care to patients who had limited access to medical care on the islands.
“I’m enjoying life and being a part of my patients’ lives. I love keeping up with all the people I know in Waynesboro. My wife and I are so pleased we moved to Hattiesburg, and for me, “back” to Mississippi. I don’t think I’m leaving a legacy so much as my patients have left a legacy for me. I think that would be the best way to say it,” Waites said, when asked about his legacy.
According to the ACC, “The Master of the American College of Cardiology (MACC) is the ACC’s ultimate in recognition and is awarded to cardiovascular professionals who have consistently contributed above and beyond to the goals and programs of the College, and who have provided leadership in important College activities. Reserved for those who have been in good standing for more than fifteen years, MACC recognizes those who have served the College with distinction.”
Waites said he feels honored to receive such a prestigious designation and to have been nominated and then ultimately selected by his peers and fellow members of the ACC. He has been a member of the ACC for 38 years.
For more information about the American College of Cardiology, visit www.theacc.org .