Daniel Silverman to serve as head of Health Services

July 2, 2002, 10:54 a.m.

Dr. Daniel Silverman, a physician with experience in health systems management, academic administration and medical education, has been selected to serve as chief medical officer and to lead University Health Services at Princeton.

His appointment as chief medical officer of the University and executive director of University Health Services is effective Aug. 15. He will succeed Dr. Pamela Bowen, who earlier this year announced her plans to step down as director of University Health Services after 11 years of service to Princeton.

Silverman is currently director of Evidence-Based Medicine Solutions and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In addition to serving as a lecturer, clinical teacher and supervisor, he has worked with Dr. William Peck, dean of the School of Medicine, to create EBM Solutions, a consortium involving medical schools at Washington, Duke, Emory, Vanderbilt, Oregon Health Sciences and Mount Sinai/New York universities. Its goal is to provide evidence-based clinical guidelines and interactive treatment tools to patients, physicians, employers, healthcare systems and managed care organizations.

"I am delighted that Dr. Danny Silverman will join the Princeton community as chief medical officer for the University and executive director of Princeton University Health Services," said Janet Dickerson, Princeton's vice president for campus life, to whom Silverman will report. "He is a visionary leader in development of new healthcare technologies and in collaborative healthcare programs and is especially well prepared to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the complex medical and psychiatric challenges facing undergraduate and graduate students."

"Dr. Silverman has an established reputation as a clinician, a scholar and a physician executive," she continued. "With these skills, I believe he will become an adviser and advocate for the life-long health of our whole community."

Dickerson noted that the title of chief medical officer was added to the position "better to reflect the scope of the director's responsibilities as well as the value the University places on the health of this community."

"I believe that in establishing a new position which combines the roles of chief medical officer for the University and executive director of University Health Services," Silverman said, "the University's leadership is expressing its strong desire to create a campus-wide environment that will facilitate student health, wellness and personal fulfillment as a fundamental part of the academic mission. I feel privileged and excited to have been asked to join Princeton's students, faculty and administration in fulfilling that vision."

At Princeton, Silverman's specific responsibilities will encompass out-patient services, including urgent care, travel and immunization services, and reproductive health services; a 17-bed in-patient unit; laboratory and X-ray services; a counseling center, which offers psychological services, alcohol and drug counseling and education, and a sexual harassment/assault counseling and education program; athletic medicine, including athletic training and physical therapy services; health promotion, outreach and education; and the employee health department.

For more details, read the news release .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601