I have known Dr. Aubry since 1972 when I first arrived to Upstate Medical University to complete an approved Residency Program to qualify for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. At that time, Dr. Aubry was a Professor, teacher, and mentor. During all these years, he was very consistent in his teaching; and at one point, he directed the Medical Student Program because he believed strongly in the teaching as a full-time faculty member.
I saw him frequently on the 9th floor of the old Memorial Hospital. This was the house of the Labor and Delivery Suite, where many faculty members admitted patients for deliveries. I saw him there doing rounds, writing notes on patients, and receiving patient consults. He believed strongly in the well being of the mother and baby.
He was one of the first people to establish Guidelines for Evaluation and Diagnosis of High Risk Pregnancies. Later on this became the subspecialty of Maternal Fetal Medicine.
In the mid 1970’s he received a grant to develop the Perinatal Center. This was one of the first centers in the United States to deal with high risk pregnancies. This center was then expanded to become the Regional Perinatal Center to look after 15-20 counties around Syracuse for evaluation and management of high risk pregnancies. He worked very hard to develop and maintain that program because he believed strongly in the health and well being of the baby. For all these reasons he used all methodology of evaluation of the mother and baby, using modern technology in the form of fetal monitoring, biochemical testing, and advanced ultrasonography in order to study the health and well being of the baby and to facilitate a safe delivery and management of the baby after delivery. He organized visits to the various hospitals in the counties around Syracuse on a regular basis in order to teach and consult to help maternal fetal well being. His visits to these regions were usually accompanied by a neonatologist who confirmed the well being of the baby after delivery.
Dr. Aubry added a new chapter in the health care of women during pregnancy. That chapter will always be taught to generations to come to help the wellbeing of the pregnant woman.
His contributions are also well recognized by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and all his colleagues, students and residents who learned the art of maternal fetal medicine from him.
We will always remember him as a great Professor and an excellent Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist who cared for patients and who spent all his years of life to mentor his students and residents.
Shawky Z.A. Badawy, M.D.
Professor, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology
Professor, Department of Pathology
Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, UM