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Henry J. Silverman, MD, MA

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Epidemiology & Public Health


110 S. Paca Street, Second floor

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(410) 328-4881


(410) 328-0177

Education and Training

Henry Silverman, MD, MA is Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He divides his time between caring for patients in the intensive care units, teaching medical students, residents and faculty, leading a training program in research ethics focused in the Middle East, and performing qualitative and quantitative research in research ethics.

Dr. Silverman majored in biomedical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1974. He then studied medicine at The Johns Hopkins University (MD 1974) followed by a residency in internal medicine and a pulmonary and critical fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital (1983). He then became a faculty member at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He received his MA Degree in Bioethics from Georgetown University in 1995. His teaching efforts have been recognized by several teaching awards, including the Senior Resident's Award for Teaching (1988) and the Senior Medical Student's Award for Humanism in Medicine (2001).


Dr. Silverman's career in bioethics has included the following activities:

  1. Chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee at the University of Maryland Medical Center since 1990;
  2. Program Director of a National Institutes of Health Training Program in Research Ethics focused on providing training to individuals from the Middle East;
  3. research ethics consultant for Institutional Review Boards and Data Safety Monitoring Boards;
  4. conduct of qualitative and quantitative research investigating topics in clinical ethics and research ethics; and
  5. development of distance education programs in bioethics.

He has given presentations and organized workshops nationally and internationally (Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Sudan, Lebanon, and Yemen), has published articles in several major medical journals.

Research/Clinical Keywords

• Medical Ethics • Research Ethics • Distance Learning Education

Highlighted Publications

Silverman HJ, Hull S, Sugarman J.  Degree of variability among institutional review boards on approved research practices and informed consent in the context of a multi-center clinical trial.  Critical Care Medicine.  2001; 29:235-241

Silverman HJ, Luce JM, Schwartz J.  Protecting Decisionally Impaired Subjects In Research: The Need For A Multifaceted Approach.  Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2004; 169:10-14.

Miller FG, Silverman HJ. The Ethical Relevance of the Standard of Care in the Design of Clinical Trials.  Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2004; 169:562-564.

Silverman HJ, Miller FG.  Control Group Selection in Critical Care Randomized Controlled Trials Evaluating Interventional Strategies: An Ethical Assessment. Crit Care Med. 2004; 32:852-857.

Silverman HJ, Druml C, Lemaire F, Nelson R.  The European Union Directive and the protection of incapacitated subjects in research: an ethical analysis. Intensive Care Medicine.  2004; 9:1723-1729.

Silverman HJ, Luce JM, Lanken PN, Morris AH, Harabin AL, Oldmixon CF, Thompson BT, Bernard GR, for the NHLBI Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Clinical Trials Network. Recommendations for informed consent forms for critical care clinical trials. Critical Care Medicine. Crit Care med. 2005; 33:867-82.

Silverman HJ.  Enhancing research ethics capacity: implications for protection of research subjects, avoiding exploitation and achieving global health.  Middle East Fertility Society Journal.  2005; 10:105-109.

Khalil SS, Silverman HJ, Raafat M, El-Kamary S, El-Setouhy M.  Attitudes, understanding, and concerns regarding medical research amongst Egyptians: a qualitative pilot study. BMC Med Ethics. 2007 Aug 29;8:9.

Ramahi I, Silverman H. CLINICAL RESEARCH LAW IN JORDAN: AN ETHICAL ANALYSIS. Dev World Bioeth. 2007, Dec. 12.

Abdur Rab M, Afzal M, Abou-Zeid A, Silverman H. Ethical practices for health research in the Eastern Mediterranean region of the World Health Organization: a retrospective data analysis. PLoS ONE. 2008 May 7;3(5):e2094

Abou-Zeid A, Afzal M, Silverman H. Capacity Mapping of the National Bioethics Committees in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. BMC Med Ethics. 2009 Jul 4;10:8

Kassem HS, Rab F, Abouzeid A, Silverman H. Beyond research ethics committees: acceptance by investigators and involvement of the community. Middle East Fertility Society Journal. 2009;14:1.

Wazaify M, Khalil SS, Silverman HJ. Expression of therapeutic misconception amongst Egyptians: A qualitative pilot study. BMC Med Ethics. 2009 Jun 30;10:7

Silverman H, Ahmed B, Ajeilat S, Al-Fadil S, Al-Amad S,  El-Dessouky H, El-Gendy I, El-Guindi M, El-Nimeiri M, Muzaffar R, Saleh A. Curriculum Guide for Research Ethics Workshops for Countries in the Middle East. Dev World Bioeth.  2009 Aug18

Abou-Zeid A, Silverman HJ, Shehata M, Collection, Storage, and Use of Blood Samples for Future Research: HJViews of Egyptian Patients Expressed in a Cross-Sectional Survey.  J Med Ethics. 2010 Sep;36(9):539-47. Epub 2010 Jul 26.

Sleem H, El-Kamary SS, Silverman HJ.  Identifying structures, processes, resources and needs of research ethics committees in Egypt. BMC Med Ethics. 2010 Jun 28;11:12.

Riyami AA, Jaju D, Jaju S, Silverman HJ. The Adequacy of Informed Consent Forms in Genetic Research Performed in Oman: A Pilot Study. Dev World Bioeth. 2011 Jan 25. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8847.2010.00293.

Sleem H, Abdelhai RA, Al-Abdallat I, Al-Naif M, Gabr HM, Kehil ET, Sadiq BB, Yousri R, Elsayed D, Sulaiman S, Silverman H. Development of an accessible self-assessment tool for research ethics committees in developing countries. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2010 Sep;5(3):85-96.

Silverman HJ. Protecting Vulnerable Research Subjects in Critical Care Trials: Enhancing the Informed Consent Process and Recommendations for Safeguards. Annals of Intensive Care 2011, 1:8 doi:10.1186/2110-5820-1-8. Published: 13 April 2011

El-Dessouky HF, Abdel-Aziz AM, Ibrahim C, Malini M, Reham Abul Fadl R, Silverman H. Knowledge, Awareness, and Attitudes about Research Ethics among Dental Faculty in the Middle East: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Dentistry,  2011), Article ID 694759, 13 pagesdoi:10.1155/2011/694759.

Clinical Specialty Details

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Grants and Contracts

R25 TW007090-10: Fogarty International Center/NIH
Project Title: Middle East Research Ethics Training Initiative (MERETI)
Principal Investigator: SILVERMAN, HENRY J, MD
Dates: 06/01/2016 - 5/31/2021
Total Costs: $1,430,00

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