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Donald Silver, MD
Donald Silver, MD

In Memoriam: Donald Silver, M.D. (1929-2021)

Dr. Donald Silver, Past President of the Central Surgical from 1991-1992, recently passed away at the age of 91.

Dr. Silver received his M.D. degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1955. He completed his internship in Pediatrics at Duke Hospital in 1956, and, as part of the Berry plan, served the next two years at Davis Monthan Air Force base in Tucson, AZ. At the end of his service commitment, he entered Duke’s surgical program as an Assistant Resident in General and Thoracic Surgery from 1958-1963.

After completion of his training, Dr. Silver joined the faculty at Duke as Assistant Professor of Surgery in 1964 where he co-directed the Thromboembolic Unit. He was known throughout his career for his research and studies of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT.) In 1975 he was named the W. Alton Jones Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri, and Surgeon in Chief of University Hospital and Clinics where he served as Chair until his retirement in 1998.

Throughout his career, Dr. Silver valued teaching medical students and residents. At Duke he was given the Golden Apple Award by medical students as the Best Clinical Teacher in 1971, and at University of Missouri, he was given medical student teaching awards in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1995. The Donald Silver Rare Book Room in the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri was given to the library by the Department of Surgery and was dedicated to Dr. Silver.

Dr. Silver is survived by his wife of 62 years Helen Harnden, four children and seven grandchildren to which the Central Surgical extends its deepest sympathies. The family requests any donations in his memory be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

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