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In the media: Thad F. Waites, MD, MACC

Dr. Waites named Chairman of the Board for the Mississippi State Board of Health

During a recent board meeting, in Jackson, Miss., Thad F. Waites, MD, MACC, a physician at Hattiesburg Clinic Heart & Vascular, was elected chairman of the board for the Mississippi State Board of Health.

“I am excited to be the new chair of the Board of Health. It is an epochal time for the Board and for the Department of Health,” Dr. Waites said. “I am pleased to be part of the fight against the devastating pandemic as well as other challenges that lie ahead. This includes the possibility of being required to manage all parts of a marijuana industry, if the marijuana ballot initiative passes on Nov 3. We have a wonderful Department of Health led by Dr. Thomas Dobbs. The Board and the Department will together meet all challenges and succeed for the people of Mississippi.”

Dr. Waites graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1970 and completed his residency and fellowship at University of Colorado in Denver and Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, respectively.

He was first appointed to the State Board of Health in 2010 and most recently has served as vice-chairman. He is currently serving as co-director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Forrest General Hospital.  In 2018, Waites received the Master of the American College of Cardiology award, which is awarded annually by the ACC to three cardiologists and the president. Waites is the only Mississippian to have received this designation.

The Mississippi State Board of Health was established in 1877 to protect and advance health throughout Mississippi, and became the Mississippi State Department of Health in 1982.

Garner Leverette


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