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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address SHEL 407 Zip 2182
Phone  205-934-4960
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Pathology   Laboratory Medicine Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Cellular and Molecular Biology Program 
Molecular and Cellular Pathology Program 

Biographical Sketch 
Ken B. Waites, M.D. (b. 1955) Dr. Waites is a medical microbiologist with joint appointments as Professor in the Departments of Pathology, Microbiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Diagnostic and Critical Care. He received his B.S. degree in Biology summa cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College in 1977, and his M.D. from UAB in 1981. He completed an internship in Pediatrics at UAB in 1982, a fellowship in medial microbiology at UAB in 1982 and a residency in pathology at UAB in 1986. Dr. Waites joined the UAB faculty as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology in 1986. He served as Section Head of the Microbiology Laboratory of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and Medical Director of the Diagnostic Mycoplasma Laboratory from 1991 through 2010 and currently serves as Staff Pathologist and Consultant Microbiologist for the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, overseeing all microbiology procedures for that facility. Dr. Waites is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Infectious Disease Society of America, a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the International Organization for Mycoplasmology, the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists, and the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. He is a Senior Scientist in the UAB Injury Control Research Center, the HIV and Mucosal Immunobiology Center and Scholar in the John Sparkman Center for International Public Health Education at UAB. He has served as President of the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, Secretary-General of the International Organization for Mycoplasmology and Chair of the International Program on Comparative Mycoplasmology. Dr. Waites has received numerous honors and awards including the E.O. King Award in Medical Microbiology from the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, the Peter Hannan award in Applied and Clinical Mycoplasmology and various teaching awards within the university. He is author of over 200 journal articles and book chapters in the field of medical microbiology.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists     
American Academy of Microbiology     
American Society for Microbiology     
American Society for Microbiology, Southeastern Branch     
American Society of Clinical Pathologists     
Infectious Disease Society of America     
International Organization for Mycoplasmology  Chair   

Research/Clinical Interest
Diagnostic microbiology, epidemiology and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, mycoplasma and ureaplasma diseases
Research encompasses work that includes basic and applied aspects of medical microbiology. Areas of interest include epidemiology, laboratory detection, pathogenesis and treatment of mycoplasmal and ureaplasmal infections.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID

Waites, K.B., Balish, M.F., Atkinson, T.P. New insights into Mycoplasma pneumoniae pathogenesis, diagnostics and disease. Future Microbiology. Invited Review. 3:635-648, 2008.

Atkinson, T.P., Balish, M.F., Waites, K.B. Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, pathogenesis and laboratory detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections. FEMS Microbiology Reviews. Invited Review. 32:956-973, 2008.   
Waites, K.B., Crabb, D.M., Duffy, L.B. Comparative In vitro activities of an investigational fluoroquinolone DC159a and other antimicrobial agents against human mycoplasmas and ureaplasmas. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 52:3776-3778, 2008.   
Patel, M., Weinheimer, J.D., Waites, K.B., Baddley, J.W. Active surveillance for Staphylococcus aureus colonization in intensive care units in a veterans affairs medial center: risk factors for colonization and outcomes. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 29:503-509, 2008.
Patel, M., Waites, K.B., Hoesley, C.J., Stamm, A.M., Canupp, K.C., Moser, S.A. Emergence of USA300 MRSA in a tertiary medical center: implications for epidemiologic studies. Journal of Hospital Infection 68:208-213, 2008.   
Andrews, W.A., Schelonka, R., Waites, K.B., Cliver, S.P., Moser, S.A. Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Emergence of a new potential genital tract pathogen. Obstetrics and Gynecology 111:113-118, 2008.   
Waites, K.B., Atkinson, T.P. The role of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in upper respiratory tract infections. Current Infectious Disease Reports. Invited Review. 11:198-2006, 2009.   
Walkty, A., Lo, E., Manickam, K., Alfa, M. Xiao, L., Waites, K. Ureaplasma parvum as a Cause of Sternal Wound Infection. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 41:1976-1978, 2009.   
Xiao, L., Atkinson, T.P., Hagood, J.A., Makris, C., Duffy. L.B., Waites, K.B. Emerging macrolide resistance in Mycoplasma pneumoniae in Children: Detection and Characterization of Resistant Isolates with Real-time PCR. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 28:693-698, 2009.   
Sader, H.S., Fey, P.D., Fish. D.N., Limaye, A., Pankey, G., Rahal, J., Rybak, M., Snydman, D., Steed, L.S., Waites, K., Jones, R.N. Evaluation of vancomycin and daptomycin potency trends (MIC creep) against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus collected in nine United States medical centers over five years. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 53:4127-4132, 2009.   
Waites, K.B., Crabb, D.M., Duffy, L.B. Comparative In Vitro Susceptibilities of a New Investigational Ketolide CEM-101 Against Human Mycoplasmas and Ureaplasmas. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 53:2139-2141, 2009.   
Moser, S.A., Box, M.J., Patel, M., Amaya, M., Schelonka, R., Waites, K.B. Multiple Locus Variable Tandem Repeats Analysis of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus discriminates within USA PFGE types. Journal of Hospital Infection 71:333-339, 2009.   
M.J. Novy, Duffy, L.B., Axthelm, M., Sadowsky, D., Witkin, S., Gravett, M., Cassell, G.H., Waites, K.B. Ureaplasma parvum or Mycoplasma hominis as sole pathogens cause chorioamnionitis, preterm delivery and fetal pneumonia in rhesus macaques. Reproductive Sciences 16:56-70, 2009.   

mycoplasma, ureaplasma