• Dr. John B. Waits, MD, FAAFP is a practicing, board-certified Family Medicine and Obstetrics physician who serves as CEO of Cahaba Medical Care and the Program Director and DIO of the Cahaba Family Medicine Residency.

    Dr. John B. Waits attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine (Tuscaloosa Campus for clinical years) and completed his Family Medicine Residency at In His IMAGE Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma and an Obstetrics Fellowship at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences in Tuscaloosa.

    Dr. Waits founded Cahaba Medical Care in 2004. In 2008, Dr. Waits applied for and was granted Rural Health Clinic status for Cahaba Medical Care.

    From 2006-2011, Dr. Waits served as the Residency Director at the University of Alabama’s Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency (TFMR). During this time, he also served as an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Tuscaloosa. During his tenure as Program Director at TFMR, Dr. Waits started a rural residency training track in Centreville, Alabama

    In 2010, Dr. Waits founded the Cahaba Medical Care Foundation with his practice partner, Dr. Lacy Smith, transitioning their private practice into a 501c3 non-profit. Dr. Waits and Dr. Smith worked together to apply for Community Health Center (FQHC) designation, which they were awarded in 2012.

    In 2013, Dr. Waits and Dr. Smith also founded and received accreditation for the Cahaba Family Medicine Residency in Centreville, Alabama, an ACGME and AOA accredited Family Medicine Residency and Teaching Health Center.

    Cahaba Medical Care currently has 6 Medical office locations in Central Alabama, 1 Dental office location, and 1 community center, employing 185 employees, including 14 physicians, 17 Residents, and 14 advance practice providers.

    Dr. Waits has a particular interest in health care policy and how it touches women and children in terms of maternity and infant care, the rural poor, health care access, and the care of the uninsured and underinsured, and, among other positions, serves on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Partnership for Children and the Alabama Primary Health Care Association.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Enhancing Examination Success: the Cumulative Benefits of Self-Assessment Questions and Virtual Patient CasesMedical Science Educator.  32:985-993. 2022
    2020 Effect of access to obstetrical care in rural alabama on perinatal, neonatal, and infant outcomes: 2003-2017Annals of Family Medicine.  18:446-451. 2020
    2019 Maternal pertussis vaccination during pregnancyAmerican Family Physician.  99:454-455. 2019
    2018 What are the short-term benefits and harms of methotrexate for treating RA?Evidence Based Practice.  21:50. 2018
    2018 Are neonatal mortality rates increased in stand-alone birthing center births compared with hospital births?Evidence Based Practice.  21:E6-E7. 2018
    2018 Does a family history of adenomatous colon polyp(s) in a first-degree relative pose an increased risk of developing colon cancer?Evidence Based Practice.  21:E8. 2018
    2018 How effective is blood pressure selfmonitoring for reducing blood pressure in people with hypertension?Evidence Based Practice.  21:9. 2018
    2017 Peripheral vascular disease: Treatment in older adultsAmerican Family Physician.  95:182. 2017
    2016 Stretching for prevention of exercise-related injuryAmerican Family Physician.  94:547. 2016
    2016 Should you treat an upper extremity DVT with anticoagulation?Evidence Based Practice.  19:12-13. 2016
    2016 What is the best intervention to prevent adolescent pregnancies?Evidence Based Practice.  19:6. 2016
    2015 How high can the dose of ACE inhibitors be pushed in patients with CHF and diabetes mellitus?Evidence Based Practice.  18:E-2-E-3. 2015
    2015 Do you need to use heparin when initiating coumadin therapy in a patient with atrial fibrillation?Evidence Based Practice.  18:7. 2015
    2013 Health care reformFP essentials.  404. 2013
    2010 Rational use of laboratory testing in the initial evaluation of soft tissue and joint complaintsPrimary Care: Clinics in Office Practice.  37:673-689. 2010
    2009 Letter: Self-monitoring of blood glucose - Caution warrantedBMJ Evidence Based Medicine.  14:6. 2009
    2000 Preventive agricultural medicine: A medical student's perspective on an important component of rural community health 2000

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2000
  • Full Name

  • John Waits