Edward Jones Waits MD

July 4, 1928November 21, 2013

Dr. Edward Jones Waits, after suffering a debilitating stroke, passed away November 21, 2013, at the age of 85 surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 4, 1928 to Selene Elizabeth Carlson and Charles Edward Waits of Atlanta. A lifelong Atlantan, Dr. Waits attended Druid Hills Elementary School, Boys High School and Emory University where he earned his undergraduate and Medical Degree. For 45 years, Dr. Waits practiced general surgery, most of that time on the surgical staff of Northside Hospital, with an emphasis on breast surgery and, later in his career, bariatric surgery. At Emory, he was a member and Past President of the Chi Phi Social Fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Phi Sigma Honorary Biological Society, and was a member of the Phi Chi Medical Fraternity. Dr. Waits was certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow in The American College of Surgeons. He was a member of The American Society of Bariatric Surgery, The Georgia Surgical Society, The Atlanta Clinical Society, The Floyd McRae Surgical Society, and the Northern District of the Medical Association of Atlanta. He completed two years of military service with the US Public Health Service achieving the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade for his service at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. Dr. Waits was instrumental in the development of the Outpatient Breast Care Center at Northside Hospital and was also a pioneer in the field of Bariatric Surgery helping to establish Northside Hospital as a premier Bariatric Surgical Center. For the last 20 years, Northside Bariatric Surgical Center has attracted countless patients with clinically severe obesity for successful surgical treatment. Dr. Waits received the Medical Association of Georgia’s Distinguished Service Award for his work with physicians with addictions and/or alcoholism. He served as Chairman of the Medical Association of Georgia’s Physician Wellbeing Committee for 15 years. At Northside Hospital, he established and chaired The Wellness Committee to deal with the problems of physician impairment. The group drafted a written policy for dealing with problems of drug and alcohol addictions within the professional span that is still used today as a model for hospitals and medical staffs throughout the country. Dr. Waits own recovery story was featured in Family Circle magazine and he has appeared on several national TV talk shows in support of health professionals with problems of addiction. Dr. Waits was a past member of Northside United Methodist Church, Sandy Springs Christian Church, the Brookwood and Sandy Springs Rotary Clubs, the Piedmont Driving Club, and the Highlands Falls Country Club. He was a Founding and Life Member of the Atlanta Country Club. Dr. Waits is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 23 years, Nancy Bleistine Waits, his son, Edward Jones Waits, Jr., and daughter in law, Lisle; devoted daughter Kathleen Bridges Waits, and his grandchildren, Mary Catherine Waits and Leila Lisle Waits, all of Atlanta. Throughout his life, he had a distinct love of golf with his many friends, Georgia Bulldog football, life in Highlands, and being at St. Simons Island. When at home, it was all about the hot tub, a warm fire, a good book, and a nap. What gave him the most joy in his life, however, was spending time with Nancy. He is preceded in death by his previous wife, Mary Lynn Bridges Waits; 3 children, twin girls who died at birth and Mary Selene Waits; his 2 brothers, Charles Edward Waits, Jr. and William Lee Waits and his nephew, Charles Edwards Waits, III. A memorial service to celebrate his life will held at St. Martin’s in the Field Episcopal Church in the sanctuary on December 6 at 2:00pm with a reception following in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to United Cerebral Palsy of GA, Ridgeview Institute, the Alzheimer’s Association, or a charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 6, 2013

Edward Jones Waits MD

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Sue Scott

July 28, 2014

I had the privilege to be a patient of Dr. Waits... He forever changed my life in the most positive way with his wonderful outlook on life & family. I was one of the pioneer weight loss surgery patients- conquering my battle of obesity. To this moment I credit this outstanding man for saving my life in 1985. I shall forever miss this man as the world has lost a great humanitarian. Rest In Peace ..

June 26, 2014

Ed was a guiding light for my intern yrs, at the old Piedmont
hospital. A friend, fellow Emory grad. and will not be forgotten, Love to his family.. Floyd R. Cooper, Jr. M.D.
Bishop, Ga.

Bob and Donna Kremer

December 4, 2013

Our community has indeed lost a caring and compassionate soul. We hold fond memories, both professionally and personally. Our deepest sympathy to Nancy and the entire family.

Dana Barr

December 3, 2013

I am so sorry for this loss you are experiencing. I know it is almost unreal at times, but I know he will live on in your hearts.

Rev. 21:3, 4 ~ Kim

November 28, 2013

Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Sharon &Joe Cruse

November 27, 2013

We are saddened to hear of Ed's passing. This planet will miss his energy...we were blessed to have been able to share some of that energy. Ed was blessed to have Nancy and his family in his life...and he knew it...the memory of him will continue to warm our hearts... Luv and Hugs to the Waits family...

Marcia Sasser

November 26, 2013

I was a patient of Dr. Waits for many years. I have missed this dear man so much since he retired from his medical practice. My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the rest of his family at this very sad time.

Rosalind Nash Robert

November 26, 2013

Sympathy and blessings go out to those who loved him. He saved my life.

A grateful patient,

November 25, 2013

What an incredible man and dear friend to my family! My parents, A.B. and Wita Padgett treasured their friendship with him and sought his wise counsel on many occasions. My sincerest sympathy and love to you in your loss.

Susan Padgett Gibson

November 25, 2013

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." Revelation 14:13

We are filled with fond memories of him. He was very loved and his legacy will be cherished.
Love, The Rosenthal Family