Waters Installed as Inaugural Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine – UBMD Physicians’ Group

Thaddeus P. Waters, MD, was appointed as the inaugural Amol S. Lele, MD, professor and head of the Department of Maternal and Fetal Medicine by UB President Satish K. Tripathi, left, and Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, right, dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Published November 22, 2022


Presenting ‘the brightest and the best’

President of UB Satish K. Tripathi and Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, UB vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School, presided over the Nov. 16 ceremony.

“To provide the highest quality medical education, the Jacobs School must recruit, retain and develop the best faculty and students.” New recruits like Dr. Waters are integral to the growth and future of how we care for our community,” said Brasher. “We sought out — and hired — the brightest and the best.” Dr. Waters is another outstanding addition to our school.”

“His research and clinical interests in gestational diabetes and preterm birth — among other areas — align with our university’s commitment to the greater good,” Brashear added. “In short, he exemplifies the type of faculty member we want to help us achieve our vision of excellence for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and for UB.”

“Here at UB, we are deliberately focused on attracting the best faculty.” Dr. Waters clearly embodies this faculty excellence,” Tripathi said. “As we continue to attract exemplary faculty members to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, we are achieving new levels of excellence in medical education, clinical training and research.”

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“I consider myself a custodian and custodian of this position, and I hope every day to do justice and honor her memory and legacy,” Waters said.

He brings an extensive resume to the Jacobs School

Waters, a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine, completed his medical degree and residency at Drekel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia and his fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He graduated from Washington and Lee University with a BA in English Literature.

He is also the medical director of maternal-fetal medicine and the regional perinatal program at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Waters previously served as 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 for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine, and the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Carrying the legacy of a beloved faculty member

The late Amol S. Lele, MD, her patients, interns and numerous medical professionals with whom she worked, had the highest respect. Throughout her career, she was recognized for her strong commitment to medicine.

The residents she trained voted her “educator of the year” more than once. In 2013, the Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network honored her at its Great Baby Beginnings event for her dedication to children and the education and mentorship she provided. Lele was also named Physician of the Year by the Association of Asian American Physicians.

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“Amol S. “Lele was a brilliant and beloved member of our UB faculty,” Brashear said. “She was a professor who was thoughtful and thorough with the countless students she educated, and she was a physician who was as deeply passionate about her patients as she was respected in her field.”

“I know I speak for her colleagues, friends and former students when I say how much Amol is missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know her,” added Brashear. “We are humbled to have this opportunity to continue Amola’s remarkable legacy of service in her name.

Lela’s husband, Dr. Shashikant B. Lele, clinical professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology; and their children, daughter Rajal Lele Young, a lawyer; and son Kedar S. Lele, DDS ’98, pediatric dentist; were on hand for the ceremony.

The lecture deals with ethical challenges

Thaddeus P. Waters, MD, lectures after being installed as Amol S. Lele, MD, professor and head of the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

After his installation, Waters gave a lecture, “Will This Time Be Different? The Promise, Challenges, and Limitations of Technology in Obstetrics, From the External Fetal Monitor to Noninvasive Prenatal Testing and CRISPR in Utero Gene Therapy.”

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He went through the history of technology in obstetrics and gynecology and its impact, including successes and failures.

He was talking about the ultrasound. What was once rudimentary technology now offers a three-dimensional view of the fetus in real time.

“Today we can not only see the baby, we can identify anomalies.” From this we developed an entire area of ​​care called prenatal diagnosis, where we can screen for genetic abnormalities and identify structural problems. “This field has evolved from not only diagnosing problems, but solving them while the baby is in the womb,” Waters said.

Ethical issues are becoming increasingly challenging, and CRISPR allows the possibility of altering DNA in patients.

“The possibilities of CRISPR are amazing, but so far there are more questions than answers,” Waters said. “How do we approach the ethical questions this raises?”

He also addressed the inequities in maternal and fetal care faced by women of color and the growing disparities between urban and rural women.

“Technology has made some remarkable advances in obstetrics, and there are more to come. However, those advances have not reduced the gaps we see in our most challenging results. We have many opportunities to address inequities both locally and regionally, to improve care and outcomes for our patients,” Waters said.

The ceremony was held in the Ronald I hall. Dozoretz, MD ’62 in the Jacobs School building.


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