Physician receives excellence award

MASON CITY, Iowa – He’s seen a lot in his 24 years as a surgeon in our area, now he’s being awarded for all of his efforts.

Dr. Daniel Waters has been a staple in the Mason City Clinic since they first opened, now he is being awarded the MacGregor Award for physician excellence.

Four years ago, Jack Colburn’s annual bike trip to Cambodia was put on hold. He would have to undergo coronary bypass surgery.

It’s a decision he knew could help him get back on the bike but didn’t know could save his life.

Today, he thanks the one physician that made it all possible.

“I prefer to be under the radar but Waters did me one big favor and I feel like I owe him this at least, actually far more,” said Colburn.

“It’s a big plus to be able to see them back in the community living the life that you wanted them to live,” said Daniel Waters, D.O., Mason City Clinic.

Dr. Dan Waters however, is no stranger to the spotlight.

Today he’s being recognized by his peers for his excellence in the field for the past 25 years.

“To be recognized by them, it’s an important thing that feels good and makes you feel like maybe you’re doing the right thing,” said Waters.

In the 24 out of 25 years he’s spent at the Mason City Clinic, Dr. Waters has become known for his cardiac and thoracic surgeries and he’s helped more than 5,000 patients.

He tells us, while technology has increased over the years, so have the medical problems.

“Technology has gotten better, but the patients have gotten sicker. The’re issues are much more complex than they used to be. They have multiple other problems and so it helps that the technology is caught up,” said Waters.

Meanwhile, Jack Colburn says a verbal “thank you”, can only go so far. Sometimes actions speak louder.

“I’m trying to make up for lost ground right now and he handed me the opportunity to do that, so I’m trying to make the best of it,” said Colburn.

Dr. Waters says his motivation behind his work, stems from a passion to get folks in the community back to good health.

He says each patient is unique, but that helps to keep his skills sharp.

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