Our Mission

Our mission is to advocate for our patients in a way that puts their interests first. We take on this mission with eagerness and sincerity here at Merit Health Care.

About Dr. Habach

Dr. Habach PictureAs a curious and dream-filled adolescent, Dr. Habach was in search of his calling. Many things had peaked his interest, but nothing seemed to grasp a deep fascination within him. This all changed by witnessing the compassion and sincerity displayed by a physician in his family. Not only did the physician hold himself and his treatment of others to higher standards, but he was also able to have a clear and fruitful impact on the lives of others. These ideals greatly echoed within Dr. Habach’s heart and mind. It became clear that he had found his calling. Driven by a strong motivation to learn and succeed, Dr. Habach was determined to become a physician and impact the lives of many.

Dr. Habach completed medical school at Damascus University, and a one year externship in London, England. After graduating from medical school, Dr. Habach served as a Program Officer for United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Damascus where he played a pivotal role in the achievement of immunizing 1.3 million Syrian children. His deep interest in the policy and public health aspects of healthcare influenced him to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He then completed his medical training with an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Connecticut and a Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Ghayas Habach has been active in the practice of Internal Medicine and Nephrology for almost 25 years. Dr. Habach is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology.

Through these many years of experience, Dr. Habach’s concept of the responsibilities a physician has to his patients and community has come to extend beyond only providing quality patient care. He believes physicians also have a duty to educate, teaching patients how to care for their health, not only alleviating symptoms and prescribing drugs. Physicians have a duty to advocate for their patients, always keeping their best interest a top priority. And most importantly, Dr. Habach believes physicians should be role models who demonstrate the ideals of ethics, righteousness, and compassion in every aspect of their lives. This is what being a physician means to Dr. Habach, and these are the ideals he has strived to embody for the last 25 years, and continues to strive towards with enthusiasm and focus.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Habach enjoys reading poetry and history, playing tennis, and listening to music, especially James Taylor. He also enjoys spending time with his children, watching them grow and develop into independent and passionate individuals.

Awards and Recognitions:

Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology(FASN)                  2007- Present

Ford Foundation, Population Council                                                1987 – 1988

Full tuition scholarship and stipend for MPH program

American Diabetes Association                                                            1999 – 2002

Provider Recognition Program

Certification:

American Board of Internal Medicine                                                1995 – 2005

Re-certification Board of Internal Medicine                                    2005 – 2015

Re-certification Board of Internal Medicine                                    2015 – 2025

American Board of Nephrology                                                            1996 – 2006

Re-certification Board of Nephrology                                                2006 – 2016

Re-certification Board of Nephrology                                                2016 – 2026

 Education:

Master of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University                                                                      1987 – 1988

Doctor of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, Damascus University                                       1979 – 1986

Externship Rotations in London, England                                        1984 – 1985

Internal Medicine Residency                                                                 1988 – 1991
Hartford Hospital
University of Connecticut
Hartford, Connecticut

Nephrology Fellowship                                                                            1991 – 1994
The University of Michigan
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Nephrology
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Current Positions:

 Active Consulting Nephrology Medical Staff                                  2015 – Present
Grandview Medical Center
Birmingham, AL 35242

Consulting Nephrology Medical Staff                                                2005 – Present
Brookwood Medical Center
2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209

Active Consulting Nephrology Medical Staff                                  2004 – Present
Citizen’s Hospital
604 Stone Avenue
Talladega, Alabama 35160

Medical Director/ Dialysis Unit                                                            1998 – Present
DaVita Healthcare, Inc.
331 James Payton Blvd.
Sylacauga, AL 35150

Medical Director/ Dialysis Unit                                                            2007 – Present
DaVita Healthcare, Inc.
724 West Battle Street
Talladega, AL 35160