Waites Recognized with American College of Cardiology Top Honor
Thad Waites, MD, FACC, a physician at Hattiesburg Clinic Heart & Vascular, has been awarded the 2018 Master of the ACC Award by the American College of Cardiology in honor of contributions to the cardiovascular profession.
Waites will be recognized for these achievements along with all 2018 Distinguished Award winners at the Convocation Ceremony on March 12 during the ACC’s 67th Annual Scientific Session in Orlando, Fla. He is one of only three people in the nation to be selected this year and the first physician from Mississippi to ever receive the ACC’s highest award.
“Thad Waites’ dedication to improving cardiovascular health and enhancing patient care is a testament to his expertise and professionalism,” said ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. “Waites’ hard work truly shows his determination to make a lasting positive impact in the cardiovascular field. I am proud to present him with the Master of the ACC Award.”
The Master of the ACC Award recognizes and honors Fellows of the American College of Cardiology who have consistently contributed to the goals and programs of the College and who have provided leadership in important College activities. MACCs have been members of the College for at least 15 years and have served with distinction and provided leadership on various College programs and committees.
Waites, a native of Waynesboro, Miss., has been practicing medicine for nearly 50 years and has been with Hattiesburg Clinic since 1987. Various service positions throughout his professional career include chair for the ACC’S Board of Governors and member of the ACC’s Board of Trustees. Waites also served on Hattiesburg Clinic’s Board of Directors from 1990 to 2004 and was the board’s vice president from 1996 to 2004. Waites currently serves as chair for the ACC’s Health Affairs Committee and vice-chair for the Mississippi State Board of Health.
“Hattiesburg Clinic is incredibly proud of Dr. Waites on his most recent honor of Master of the ACC Award. Dr. Waites is a longtime member of the Hattiesburg Clinic family and has vastly contributed to the medical community through his work as a physician and a leader. We are grateful for his service and honored to call him one of our physicians,” said Tommy Thornton, executive director for Hattiesburg Clinic.
Waites said receiving this top honor from the American College of Cardiology, of which he’s been a member for 38 years, is the pinnacle of his career. He said he is humbled by the award.
“This is recognition of a lifetime of effort on my part and deemed by my colleagues as something to be awarded for. When you get this, it’s saying, ‘you’ve done well.’ And I greatly, greatly appreciate it,” said Waites.
Nineteen Distinguished Awards will be presented at the Annual Scientific Session this year, each recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine. Recipients are nominated by their peers and then selected by the American College of Cardiology Awards Committee.
About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more details, visit acc.org.