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Gary A. Silverman, MD, PhD

Job Title Chief, UPMC Newborn Medicine Program, Magee-Womens Hospital, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Job Title Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Training Program, Magee-Womens Hospital, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Job Title Twenty-Five Club Professor of Pediatrics, Cell Biology and Physiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-9448 Phone
412-641-1844 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1982 PhD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
1984 MD, University of Chicago Pritzer School of Medicine, Chicago, IL


1987 Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA 


1989 Department of Newborn Medicine, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 
1991 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science 
  • American Association of Immunologists
  • American Federation for Clinical Research   
  • Society for Pediatric Research     
  • American Society of Human Genetics    
  • Human Genome Organization (HUGO)    
  • American Society for Cell Biology    
  • American Association for Cancer Research   
  • Society for Developmental Biology   
  • Perinatal Research Society     
  • American Pediatric Society     
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation   
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  
  • American Academy of Pediatrics 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Perinatal Pediatrics 
  • American Thoracic Society 
  • Midwest Society for Pediatric Research
  • Association of American Physicians

Board Certifications

  • National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomate
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine


  • Phi Sigma, Biology Honorary Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Washington and Jefferson College 
  • Solon E. Summerfield Scholarship, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity
  • Birch Scholarship Award, Washington and Jefferson College
  • National Science Foundation, Student Originated Studies Program
  • National Research Service Award: Medical Scientist Training Program,  University of Chicago
  • The Medical Alumni Prize, University of Chicago
  • Individual National Research Service Award, NICHHD
  • Leukemia Society Special Fellowship
  • FIRST Award, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
  • Lucille P. Markey Trust Child Health Fellowship 
  • William Randolph Hearst Award 
  • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation Award
  • Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Award
  • Biology Smokeless Tobacco Research Council Award
  • The Stewart Trust of Washington D.C., Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust Grant, in Support of Promising Ideas in Basic and Applied Cancer
  • Inaugural Class Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award
  • Twenty-Five Club Endowed Professorship, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Best Doctors in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Magazine


  • Luke CJ, Pak SC, Askew YS, Naviglia TL, Askew DJ, Nobar SM, Vetica AC, Long OS, Watkins SC, Stolz DB, Barstead RJ, Moulder GL, Bromme D, Silverman GA. An intracellular serpin regulates necrosis by inhibiting the induction and sequelae of lysosomal injury. Cell 2007; 130(6):1108-1119.
  • Askew DJ, Cataltepe S, Kumar V, Edwards C, Pace SM, Howarth RN, Pak SC, Askew YS, Bromme D, Luke CJ, Whisstock JC, Silverman GA. SERPINB11 is a new noninhibitory intracellular serpin: common single nucleotide polymorphisms in the scaffold impair conformational change. J Biol Chem 2007; 282 (34):24948-24960.
  • Pak SC, Kumar V, Tsu C, Luke CJ, Askew YS, Askew DJ, Mills DR, Bromme D, Silverman, GA. Srp-2 is a cross-class inhibitor that participates in post-embryonic development of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans: initial characterization of the clade L serpins. J Biol Chem 2004; 279(15):15448-15459.
  • Schick C, Brömme D, Bartuski AJ, Uemura Y, Schechter NM, Silverman GA. The reactive site loop of the serpin SCCA1 is essential for cysteine proteinase inhibition. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1998; 95(23):13465-13470.

    View Dr. Silverman's full list of publications from PubMed.

Biography Summary

Gary A. Silverman, MD, PhD, joined Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 2004 as chief of the UPMC Newborn Medicine Program. He also is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

In Pittsburgh, Dr. Silverman's clinical duties include oversight of the medical care provided to high-risk newborns admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Children's Hospital and Magee-Womens Hospital, as well as other critically ill newborns in the region. He also directs the division's basic and clinical research programs and medical education and teaching in the field of neonatology.

Previously, Dr. Silverman was chief of newborn medicine at Children's Hospital Boston, associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard-Wide Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program.

Dr. Silverman received his bachelor's degree from Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pa. He received his doctorate in immunology/pathology from the University of Chicago and his medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He completed his residency at Children's Hospital Boston and his fellowship in the Department of Newborn Medicine, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine in Missouri. He also was a postdoctoral research fellow at Washington University School of Medicine.

In addition to managing the research efforts within the Newborn Medicine Program, Dr. Silverman will continue to conduct his own studies on a family of proteins called serpins, which are proteins that protect cells from injury. Among Dr. Silverman's current projects is the investigation of how serpins work in normal development as well as the role they play in certain cancers and infections.

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Development of an in vivo Model of Conformational Disease for High Throughput Genetic and Drug Screens
  • High Throughput Genetic and Drug Screens for Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Intracellular Serpin Regulation of Intestinal Cell Necrosis
Last Update
August 19, 2011
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August 19, 2011