Leland "Bert" Waters, Ph.D.
Dr. Waters serves as Associate Director for the Virginia Geriatric Education Center's Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). He manages the day-to-day operations of the GWEP and assists in the oversight of the GWEP staff and coordination of activities related to project objectives, including implementation of distance-based and website trainings. Dr. Waters is the Principal Investigator for the VCU Nursing Home ECHO COVID Action Network, an award from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. Funding was provided by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the University of New Mexico’s ECHO Institute. Project ECHO uses telemedicine to help providers to learn from specialists to manage care for their complex patients. VCU is joining a network to rapidly deploy ECHO programs to train and support nursing home staff on best practices for protecting patients, staff, and visitors from deadly coronavirus infection and spread. He serves as Administrator for the statewide Geriatric Training and Education initiative at the Virginia Center on Aging. He also serves as a preceptor on the Web-Based Capstone Case in Geriatrics, Simulation Based Interprofessional Team Training, for the VCU School of Medicine, and supervised the School of Medicine’s Senior Mentoring Program.
Dr. Waters' research interests include geriatric workforce development, health promotion, long-term-care, and improving access to palliative care. Dr. Waters has served on numerous Boards and Executive Committees over the years in the public and nonprofit sectors. He has contributed in a leadership role for several regional and statewide aging advocacy coalitions. He currently serves as Treasurer and Executive Committee Member for the National Association for Geriatric Education. Dr. Waters received a PhD in Health Related Sciences at VCU's College of Health Professions with an emphasis in Gerontology. He has an Affiliate Appointment with a rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Gerontology and has a BS in Economics and a MS in Gerontology with a concentration in Public Administration.