Janet F.R. Waters, MD, MBA

Clinical Associate Professor


  • Division Chief, Women's Neurology

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Waters’ clinical and research interests focus on the care of women with neurologic illness in the setting of childbearing years, menopause, and gynecologic and breast cancer. She has clinical expertise in the management of headaches, epilepsy, myasthenia gravis, Chiari malformation and increased intracranial hypertension in pregnancy. She has special interests in preeclampsia/eclampsia, obstetrical nerve injuries and complications of neuraxial anesthesia. Her division was the first in the U.S to provide electives and fellowship training in Women’s Neurology.

Education & Training

  • MD, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Medicine
  • Resident, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Neurology
  • MBA, James J. Nance College of Business, Business Administration

Specialized Areas of Clinical, Research and/or Educational Interests 

  • Research: Chiari Malformation in pregnancy, Epilepsy in pregnancy
  • Clinical: Neurologic illness in pregnancy and postpartum, Neurologic manifestations of breast and gynecologic cancer
  • Education: Neurologic illness in Pregnancy 

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Professional Organization Membership

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
  • UPP Board of Directors

Honors & Awards

  • Undergraduate Science Research Award, Brandeis University
  • Undergraduate Psychology Research Award, Brandeis University
  • Jay Silver Prize in Excellence in Academic Performance and Research in Psychology
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Society

Selected Recent Publications

Neurologic Illness in Pregnancy, Principles and Practice, edited by Autumn Klein, Janet F. Robinson-Waters, M. Angela O’Neal, Christina Scifres, Jonathan H. Waters, Wiley, Oxford, UK 2015

Waters JFR, O’Neal MA, Pilato M, Waters S, Larkin JC, Waters JH. Management of Anesthesia and Delivery in Women with Chiari I Malformations Obstetrics and Gynecology 2018;132:1180-1184

Waters, JFR Postpartum Neuropathy, Chapter 19, Neurology and Psychiatry of Women: A Guide to Gender-based Issues in Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment, Springer Nature, 2018

Waters, JFR. Management of Myasthenia Gravis in Pregnancy Neurologic Clinics 2019; 77(1):113-20

Paolini SL, Pilato M, Rajasekaran V, Waters JFR, Bagic A, Urban A. Outcomes in three cases after brivaracetam treatment during pregnancy. Acta Neurol Scand. 2020;141:438–441.