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Dr. Norman H. Silverman, Pediatric Cardiologist Visits Deaconess

Dr. Norman H. Silverman, Pediatric Cardiologist from Palo Alto, CA, recently visited Deaconess Health System and The Women’s Hospital. During his time, he educated clinical providers through various activities.
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Dr. Silverman began by presenting at The Women’s Hospital Expert Series on “The History of Ultrasound” on May 15. The following day, staff at The Women’s Hospital and Deaconess radiology and pediatric departments gathered to discuss case reviews related to pediatrics and women’s health with Dr. Silverman. To conclude his lecture series, Dr. Silverman presented at Deaconess Grand Rounds on congenital heart defects in the newborn on May 16. Many staff members in the field of pediatrics, women’s health and neonatology benefited from his knowledge. Some of these providers included pediatricians, neonatologists, pediatric hospitalists and intensivists and sonographers.
More about Norman H. Silverman, M.D., D. Sc. (Med.), FACC, FAHA, FASE
Professor, Pediatric Cardiology, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Norman H. Silverman received his M.B., B.Ch. degree in medicine and his medical training at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg South Africa. He studied pediatric cardiology and fetal physiology with Dr. Abraham Rudolph from 1972-1974. Dr. Silverman began his medical career at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) in 1974 where he ascended through the academic ranks to become Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology.  His pioneering work at UCSF established echocardiography as a preferred diagnosis in pediatric cardiology supplanting more invasive catheterization methods. 
He was the first to define the echocardiographic criteria for diagnosing patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in premature infants.  His research also was the first to define the four-chamber view that is the bases for the non-invasive diagnosis of a wide variety of cardiac anomalies and is considered essential in all echocardiographic studies today.  He also introduced transesophageal echocardiography as a standard for managing intra-operative repair of children with congenital heart disease.  These observations changed and methods continue to influence how we manage congenital heart disease around the world.
In 2002, he moved to Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital as a Professor of Pediatrics. In 2005, he was named the first Roma and Marvin Auerback Scholar in Pediatric Cardiology in acknowledgment of his teaching expertise.  At the Hospital’s Heart Center, he continued his research, writing and teaching.  In April of 2008, in recognition of his life-long dedication to teaching and education The American Society of Echocardiography honored him with their Award for Excellence in Teaching in Pediatrics.  This only the second time the Society has made this award.
Dr. Silverman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.  He is a past president of The Society of Pediatric Echocardiography, and an active member of the American Pediatric Society.  He is currently on the editorial board of Echocardiography and Cardiology in the Young and is a frequent invited speaker at echocardiography and congenital heart disease meetings and workshops worldwide.  He is an author on more than 250 peer reviewed articles. Publishing since 1970, his articles can be found in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Cardiology in the Young, Circulation, Pediatric Cardiology among others. Dr. Silverman has authored or edited seven books as the following:
  1. Silverman NH, Snider AR. Two-Dimensional Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease. Norwalk, CT: Appleton-Century-Crofts; 1982.
  2. Higgins CB, Silverman NH, Schmidt KG, Kersting-Sommerhoff BA, eds. Tomographic Imaging of Congenital Heart Disease: Echocardiography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. New York, NY: Raven Press; 1990.
  3. Silverman NH. Pediatric Echocardiography. Baltimore, MD: Williams and Wilkins; 1993.
  4. Yagel S, Silverman NH, Gembruch U, Cohen SM, eds. Fetal Cardiology: Embryology, Genetics, Physiology, Echocardiographic Evaluation, Diagnosis and Perinatal Management of Cardiac Diseases. London, Springer; 2003.
  5. Yagel S, Silverman NH, Gembruch U, Cohen SM, eds. Fetal Cardiology: Embryology, Genetics, Physiology, Echocardiographic Evaluation, Diagnosis and Perinatal Management of Cardiac Diseases. New York, Informa.; 2nd Edition; 2008.
  6. Chiappa, EM, Cook, AC, Botta, G, Silverman, NH. Echocardiographic Anatomy in the Fetus. London, Springer; 2008.
  7. Silverman NH, Anderson RH, Spicer D, Ursell. P, Kipps A. Echo-morphologic Correlations in Congenital Heart disease E Book Through www. MD1
Over the past four decades he has built a national and international reputation that is centered on teaching and mentoring fellow physicians and on innovation in techniques and diagnoses.  He is one of a few world-wide leaders who advanced the development of two-dimensional Doppler- and fetal echocardiography.  His research continues to focus on the clinical outcomes of medical and surgical management of congenital heart disease.  He remains dedicated to the field and passionate about advancing treatment techniques in pediatric cardiology.
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