BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Oliver P. "O.P." Jones, M.D., the widely
beloved professor who inspired awe and sometimes trepidation in
generations of anatomy students at the University at Buffalo, will
be remembered in a lectureship created in his honor through the
generosity of a former student and his spouse.
Daljit S. Sarkaria, M.D. '57, and his wife, Elaine Sarkaria,
Ed.D., have given $200,000 to the UB School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences to create the Oliver P. "O.P." Jones, M.D.,
'56, Endowed Lectureship in Medical Education. UB hopes to attract
world-renowned speakers to address emerging trends in medical
education through the series.
Nancy Nielsen, M.D., president-elect of the American Medical
Association and senior associate dean of medical education in the
UB medical school, will deliver the inaugural lecture for the
series later this year. Details on the date and place of the
lecture will be available closer to the event.
The Jones lectureship honors a medical pioneer who taught at UB
for more than 30 years in the Department of Medicine, from 1937-71.
An internationally regarded expert in the field of hematology,
Jones was a pioneer in the use of the electron microscope in
morphological studies of blood.
Daljit Sarkaria, who earned a doctorate in 1948 from Cornell
University, said he hopes the lectureship will memorialize his
former teacher while enhancing the medical education of UB
"Dr. Jones was one of my best teachers. He was committed to
teaching medicine on a personal level," Sarkaria said. "We are
happy to be able to create this lectureship in support of
excellence in teaching, research and patient care."
Following graduation from the UB medical school in 1957,
Sarkaria entered residency training at UCLA Medical School. He
served for 22 years with La Mirada Hospital as a pathologist and
supervising clinical laboratories. He and his wife are retired and
reside in Orange, Calif.
The Sarkarias have given generously to higher education and
medicine, establishing endowed faculty chairs at Cornell University
and UCLA, and supporting the Mayo Clinic. Three of their five
children have pursued careers in medicine.
"We are grateful to the Sarkarias for their generous gift to the
medical school," said Michael E. Cain, M.D., dean of the UB School
of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. "Dr. Jones believed in the
value of education and its role in building purposeful lives. The
Sarkarias' gift recognizes and honors his role in creating a legacy
of teaching and research that reflects the school's past, present
and future, and helps UB to ensure that patient-centered teaching
remains at the core of our programs."
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, the largest and most comprehensive campus in the
State University of New York. The School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, School of
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and School of Public Health
and Health Professions are the five schools that constitute UB's
Academic Health Center. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their
academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate
and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University
at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American