published November 22, 2022
Story by Bill Broughton
Represents ‘the brightest and most beautiful’
“To provide high-quality medical education, the Jacobs School must recruit, retain and develop the best faculty and learners. New hires like Dr. Waters are integral to the growth and future of how we care for our community,” Brashear said. “We have sought out – and recruited – the best and brightest. Dr. Waters is another exceptional addition to our school.”
“His research and clinical interests in gestational diabetes and premature births – among other areas – align with our university’s commitment to the public good,” Brashear added. “In short, he exemplifies the kind of faculty member we seek to help us achieve our vision of excellence at the Jacobs College of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the University at Buffalo.”
“Here at the University at Buffalo, we purposefully focus on attracting the best faculty. Dr. Waters clearly exemplifies this faculty excellence,” said Tripathi. “As we continue to attract exemplary faculty to the Jacobs College of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, we are achieving new levels of excellence in medical education, clinical training and research.”
“I consider myself a trustee and responsible for this office and hope each day to do justice and honor to her memory and legacy,” Waters said.
Brings an extensive resume to the Jacobs School
Waters, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, completed his medical degree and residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He holds a BA in English Literature from Washington and Lee University.
He also serves as the Medical Director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Regional Obstetrics Program at Oishei Children’s Hospital.
Previously, Waters was Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Director of Labor and Delivery and Co-Director of the Perinatal Center at Rush University in Chicago.
He is a member of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Carry on the legacy of a beloved faculty member
The late Amol S. Lele, MD, was highly regarded by her patients, interns, and the many medical professionals with whom she collaborated. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her strong commitment to medicine.
The residents she coaches have voted her “Teacher of the Year” many times. In 2013, the Buffalo Preinatal Network honored her at their Great Baby Beginnings event for her dedication to children and for the education and guidance she provided. Laila was also honored as Physician of the Year by the Asian American Physicians Association.
“Amol S. Lilly was a brilliant and well-liked member of the University at Buffalo faculty,” said Prashear. “She was a thoughtful, thorough professor with the countless students she taught, and a physician who was as passionate about her patients as she was about respect in her field.”
“I know I speak for her colleagues, friends and former students when I say how much Amol is missed by all those who were fortunate to know her,” Brashear added. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to continue Amol’s legacy of meaningful service in her name.”
Lele’s husband, Shashikant B. Lele, MD, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Their children are daughter, attorney Ragal Lily Young; and his son, Kedar S. Laila, DDS ’98, pediatric dentist; She was on hand for the party.
Lecture dealing with ethical challenges
After the installation, Waters lectured “Will This Time Be Different? The Promise, Challenges, and Limitations of Technology in Obstetrics, from the External Fetal Monitor to Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing and CRISPR in Intrauterine Gene Therapy.”
He has gone through a history of obstetrics and gynecology technology and its impact, including successes and failures.
Talk about ultrasound. What was once a rudimentary technology, now offers 3D views of the fetus in real time.
“Today, we can not only see the baby, we can identify anomalies. With that in mind, we have developed a whole field of care called prenatal diagnostics, where we can screen for genetic abnormalities and identify structural problems. This area has evolved not only from diagnosing problems, but than fixing them while the baby is still inside the womb.”
Ethical issues are becoming ever more challenging as CRISPR technology makes it possible to alter the DNA in patients.
“The potential of CRISPR technology is amazing, but at the moment there are more questions than answers,” Waters said. “How do we deal with the ethical issues this raises?”
It also addressed the inequalities in maternal and fetal care facing women of color, and the growing disparity between women in urban versus those in rural areas.
Technology has made some notable advances in the field of obstetrics, and there is much more to come. However, these advances have not narrowed the gaps that we see in the most consistently challenging outcomes. “We have many opportunities to address inequalities both locally and regionally, to raise the bar of care and outcomes for our patients,” Waters said.
The ceremony was held in the Ronald I. Dozoretz MD Auditorium ’62 in the Jacobs School building.