Howard D. Silverman
Former Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics, UA College of Medicine
Dr. Howard Silverman is Founding Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he guides the department’s educational, clinical and research programs. He is actively involved in developing the department’s “big data” health-outcomes capabilities and is overseeing accreditation for a Clinical Informatics Fellowship.
Previously, he was Associate Dean of Information Resources and Educational Technology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. In this role he coordinated all information resources services on the Phoenix campus, and was actively involved in creating the medical school curriculum. In addition to serving as a clinical professor of Family and Community Medicine, and professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanism there, he also is a clinical professor of Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University.
He was previously the Banner Health System Director of Medical Informatics and Clinical Innovation where he had organizational responsibility for creating synergy between care transformation activities, clinical innovation and information technology.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Purdue University in mathematics and German, Dr. Silverman earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he specialized in artificial intelligence applications in medical decision-making. He attended Stanford University School of Medicine, and served a Family Practice Residency at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.
With experience in private practice, Dr. Silverman also served as Medical Director of Hospice of the Valley, the Samaritan Visiting Nurse Service, and Samaritan Care Center, and was Program Director for the family practice residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Dr. Silverman also was Chief Medical Officer for the American Centers for Health & Medicine, a Catholic Healthcare West-sponsored experimental practice to integrate managed care reimbursed primary care services with complementary and alternative therapies.
Dr. Silverman is author of Healing Ceremonies: Creating Personal Rituals for Spiritual, Emotional, Physical and Mental Health, describing his experience using ceremonies to integrate traditional medical care and personal healing and serves as a primer for creating healing ceremonies.