Dr. Frederic Silverman
(1914-2006)
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Frederic Silverman who was born in New York on June 06, 1914 and passed away on March 15, 2006 at the age of 91. We will remember him forever.

Dr. Frederic Noah Silverman


Frederic Silverman, 91 died Wednesday March 15 in Palo Alto, CA.  Born in Syracuse, NY, Dr. Silverman graduated from Syracuse University School of Medicine in 1939.  He received his pediatric training at Yale University and Babies Hospital in New York City.  He was a pioneer in alerting the medical community and public on the use of radiology to detect child abuse. Dr. Silverman became Director of the Division of Radiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1947. In 1976 he moved to Stanford University Medical Center, continuing his teaching and writing.  Frederic Silverman is the author of over 160 journal and textbook articles with the emphasis on pediatric skeletal diseases.  Dr. Silverman was the recipient of the Gold Medal of the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the Antoine Beclere award, the Brandt F. Steele Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of child abuse and neglect, and the Drake Medal of the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. 

Dr. Silverman is preceded in death by his parents, Max and Sophia Silverman and his brother, Morton J. Silverman.  He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Carolyn Weber Silverman.  He is also survived by his nephew Matthew H. Silverman (Concord, MA), Sally Ross and her husband, Miles (Overland Park, KS), nephew Jay Weber and his wife, Sheri (Stafford, TX), Susan Weber (East Meadow, NY) and numerous great nieces and nephews.  The family suggests contributions to the Dr. Frederic N. and Carolyn Silverman Endowed Chair at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
















Tributes and Condolences
So Very Sorry for Your Loss   / Melissa Eiler (Visitor~Daughter of Irwin & Renee Eiler )
Some Thoughts about Frederic N. Silverman   / Howard Silverman (Cousin)
Some Thoughts about Frederic N. Silverman by Howard A. Silverman  March 21, 2006 I’d estimate that over fifty-five years, the number of days I spent even partially with Fred might be in the range of thirty to fifty.  Hardly worth mention...  Continue >>
Tribute by Hoosh Taybi, Delivered at Celebration of Fred's Life   / Hoosh Taybi (Friend, Colleague, "Brother" )
My name is Hoosh Taybi, a former student of Dr. Silverman.  I am probably the oldest living Fellow trained in Pediatric Radiology in Dr. Silverman’s Department.  Fifty two years ago, near the end of my training in Pediatrics, I decided to...  Continue >>
uncle  / Gwynn Loomstein (friends of sally and miles )
  what a nice loving uncle, the pictures really tell a life time story. we're sorry for your loss.....     love,  don & gwynn loomstein  (friends of sally and miles ross)
Mentor and Inspiration   / Corning Benton (Fellow and Friend )
Long after Fred had left Cincinnati, I would telephone him in California to seek his advice. During my 2 year fellowship with Fred, he was a wonderful friend, mentor, and role model. Fred's love of scholarship, joy in practicing good medicine, and ...  Continue >>
My mentor and friend,  / Janet Strife (his fellow in trainig )    Read >>
Mrs Samuel KAplan  / Molly Kaplan (friend)    Read >>
A Tribute to Frederic N. Silverman  / Hooshang Taybi (Friend)    Read >>
Dr. Frederic  / Darcy Kroll (Friend of Miles and Sally Ross )    Read >>
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Society of Pediatric Radiology - Obituary of Dr. Frederic N. Silverman  



Frederic Noah Silverman, M.D.

A founding father of pediatric radiology, Frederic N. Silverman, M.D. died March 15th, 2006 in Palo Alto, California. He was 91 years old. He was a pioneer in alerting the medical community and public on the use of radiology to detect child abuse.

Dr. Silverman graduated from Syracuse University School of Medicine in 1939. He had every intention of entering the clinical practice of pediatrics, completing internships in pediatrics at Yale in 1940 and at Johns Hopkins in 1941. His training was then interrupted by a tour in the South Pacific with the US Army Medical Corps. In 1945 he returned to Babies Hospital at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for further training in pathology but changed to radiology upon realizing the potential contributions of diagnostic radiology to pediatric healthcare, and became a special assistant and then junior associate of Dr. John Caffey. It was Dr. Caffey who stimulated his interest in metabolic disorders and skeletal abnormalities.

In 1947 he became the first full-time Director of the Division of Roentgenology at the Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, and was in that position until 1975. During that time he trained 38 fellows, many of whom became directors of departments themselves. As a mentor, he successfully encouraged medical students, residents, and fellows to improve the clinical practice of pediatric radiology and to advance the subspecialty.

Dr. Silverman was one of the founding fathers of the subspecialty pediatric radiology. He was a charter member and served as second President of The Society for Pediatric Radiology(SPR). He was an organizing advisor and a regular participant in the European Society of Pediatric Radiology (ESPR) and a founding member of the Caffey Society.

His landmark article "The Roentgen Manifestations of Unrecognized Skeletal Trauma in Infants" published in AJR in 1953 defined inflicted trauma as the etiology of the entity now known as child abuse. His subsequent landmark article published in JAMA in 1962 on the battered child, coauthored with Dr. C. Henry Kempe, increased physician awareness of child abuse and emphasized the critical role of diagnostic radiology for early detection and definitive diagnosis. Dr. Silverman went further than merely describing the radiologic features of deliberate injuries to children; he urged his colleagues to address this increasing problem that had been ignored for years. As a result of his work, additional studies, and widespread media coverage, all states in the US by the mid 1960's had enacted laws that mandated the reporting of child abuse and also provided legal protection for reporting to physicians.

Dr. Silverman moved to Stanford University Medical Center in 1976 as Professor Emeritus where he was able to concentrate on teaching and writing. Following Dr. Caffey's death, he became Senior Editor of Pediatric X-Ray Diagnosis and led a group of distinguished contributors in producing subsequent editions of this classic textbook. He also edited Essentials of Caffey's Pediatric X-Ray Diagnosis in 1989. He was the author or co-author of over 160 publications which dealt with a wide variety of pediatric radiological topics.

Organized pediatric radiology has greatly benefited from Fred Silverman's vision and leadership. His honors include Alpha Omega Alpha, the Silverman Society organized by his former trainees, the Silverman Radiology Library at CCHMC, honorary memberships in both the SPR and the ESPR, the recipient of the first Gold Medal of the SPR in 1988 and the Gold Medal from the Association of University Radiologists. He has received numerous honorary memberships and recognition awards, international visiting professorships, and named lectureships. He received the Drake Medal of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1998, the Antoine Beclere Award, and the Brandt F. Steele Award for outstanding contributions in the field of child abuse and neglect. These many awards verify the esteem in which Dr. Silverman was held by the national and international community of pediatric radiology. An Endowed Chair in Pediatric Radiology was named in his honor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital (CCHMC) in 1997 to support teaching and education.

Fred's personal life was blessed by the devoted marriage that he and Carolyn shared for over 60 years. He is survived by Carolyn and his devoted family, nephew Matthew Silverman, niece Sally Ross and husband Miles, nephew Jay Weber and wife Sheri, and niece Susan Weber.

Fred Silverman was first and foremost a consummate pediatric physician whose contributions to diagnostic radiology improved the health and welfare of children throughout the world. He served the subspecialty of pediatric radiology and the needs of sick children with skill, knowledge and devotion throughout his long and illustrious career. The family suggests contributions in his memory to the Frederic N. and Carolyn Silverman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Radiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
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Dr. Frederic Noah Silverman  

Frederic Silverman, 91 died Wednesday March 15 in Palo Alto, CA.  Born in Syracuse, NY, Dr. Silverman graduated from Syracuse University School of Medicine in 1939.  He received his pediatric training at Yale University and Babies Hospital in New York City.  He was a pioneer in alerting the medical community and public on the use of radiology to detect child abuse. Dr. Silverman became Director of the Division of Radiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1947. In 1976 he moved to Stanford University Medical Center, continuing his teaching and writing.  Frederic Silverman is the author of over 160 journal and textbook articles with the emphasis on pediatric skeletal diseases.  Dr. Silverman was the recipient of the Gold Medal of the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the Antoine Beclere award, the Brandt F. Steele Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of child abuse and neglect, and the Drake Medal of the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. 

 

Dr. Silverman is preceded in death by his parents, Max and Sophia Silverman and his brother, Morton J. Silverman.  He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Carolyn Weber Silverman.  He is also survived by his nephew Matthew H. Silverman (Concord, MA), Sally Ross and her husband, Miles (Overland Park, KS), nephew Jay Weber and his wife, Sheri (Stafford, TX), Susan Weber (East Meadow, NY) and numerous great nieces and nephews.  The family suggests contributions to the Dr. Frederic N. and Carolyn Silverman Endowed Chair at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

 

Frederic Noah Silverman - Paediatric Radiologist  
Source:  www.whonamedit.com

Associated eponyms:

Currarino-Silverman syndrome (Frederic N. Silverman)
An abnormality of the sternum characterized by premature obliteration of its sutures and keel-arched or pigeon breast deformity.

Robinow's syndrome
A syndrome of multiple cogenital anomalies, including foetal-like facies, mesomelic dwarfism, and genital hypoplasia.

Rolland-Desbuquois dysplasia
A lethal syndrome of multiple abnormalities, characterized by micromelia, cleft palate, and variable limited mobility of the elbow, wrist, knee, and ankle joints. Symptoms and signs are those of Kniest’s syndrome.

Silverman-Handmaker syndrome (Frederic N. Silverman)
A lethal form of chondrodysplasia characterised by anarchic ossification of vertebrae, camptomelia and micromelia.

Tardieu's syndrome
Battered child syndrome.


Source: www.whonamedit.com
Biography:
We thank Dr. Hooshang Taybi for submitting this biography, with bibliography, of Frederic Noah Silverman:

Frederic Silverman graduated from Syracuse University School of Medicine in 1939. He received his paediatric training at Yale University (1939-1940) and Johns Hopkins University (1940-1941). This was followed by training in paediatric pathology at Babies Hospital at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. World War II interrupted his education and he enlisted in the United States Army Medical Corps on December 8, 1941. The next three years he served in the South Pacific. After the war he returned to Babies Hospital where he became interested in paediatric radiology and received training from1945 to 1947 under John Caffey (1895-1978), the father of this specialty and the author of Pediatric X-ray Diagnosis.

Dr. Silverman became the Director of the Division of Roentgenology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1947. In 1976 he moved to Stanford University Medical Center continuing his teaching and writing, free of administrative duties. He inspired several generations of medical students, interns and residents rotating through radiology departments, some choosing paediatric radiology as their field of practice for years to come. The paediatric fellows trained in his department in Cincinnati became department heads, teachers and practicing paediatric radiologists in the United States and other countries.

Frederic Silverman is the author or co-author of over 160 journal and textbook articles with emphasis on paediatric skeletal disorders and genetic syndromes/diseases. After Caffey’s death he became the senior editor of Pediatric X-ray Diagnosis. He was a pioneer in alerting the medical community and the public on child abuse (battered child syndrome) with his publication in a radiology journal in 1953 and the Journal of American Medical Association in 1962. He was one of the most revered teachers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and very popular as visiting professor and invited lecturer at national and international levels. Among many professional awards he has received are the Gold Medal of the Society for Pediatric Radiology in 1988 (the first person to receive this honor), the Antoine Béclère award (subject: De l’art du diagnostic des nanismes et du diagnostic des nanismes dans l’art), the Brandt F. Steele Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of child abuse and neglect, the Gold Medal of the Association of University Radiologists and the Drake Medal of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine as an outstanding paediatrician and radiologist.

The Silverman Society was formed by his former fellows in his honor in 1972. The Frederic N. Silverman Lecture series started in 1985 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. An endowed Frederic N. Silverman Chair in Pediatric Radiology was established at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1998.

In his mid-eighties Dr. Silverman retired from practice of medicine ending a brilliant career as a caring paediatrician, a distinguished radiologist and a generous teacher sharing his vast knowledge with colleagues and students. During the many decades of professional activities he had the full support of his wife, Carolyn Silverman, both now living in a retirement community in California.

    "Fred Silverman is first and foremost a consummate pediatric physician whose contributions to diagnostic radiology have improved the health and welfare of children throughout the world."
    Janet Strife, M.D., Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's director of radiology
Bibliography:




  • B. R. Parker:
    Frederic N. Silverman, 1988 Gold Medalist of the Society for Pediatric Radiology.
    American Journal of Roentgenology, 1988, 151:761.



  • W. Gerhardt:
    1998 Drake Medal goes to Frederic N. Silverman M.D.
    Staff Bulletin, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 1998.
 
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