Mervyn F. Silverman, M.D., M.P.H.
Joined the amfAR board in 1986. President of amfAR from May 1986 through April
1996, national spokesperson from January 1986 through December 1995, and
secretary from 2011 to present. Chairman and director of amfAR’s annual National
HIV/AIDS Update Conference from 1999 through 2005, chairman of amfAR’s program
board in 2009, and chairman of amfAR’s program advisory council beginning in 2010.
Serves on the executive and board development committees.
Dr. Silverman was director of health for San Francisco from 1977 to 1985, where
he was instrumental in the launch of a citywide program to combat the growing
AIDS epidemic, a model that has since been replicated nationwide. Other leadership
positions he has held include director of health for Wichita, KS;
medical director of Planned Parenthood of Kansas; director of the
Robert Wood Johnson AIDS Health Services Program; director of the
Office of Consumer Affairs for the Food and Drug Administration;
and director of the East Asia and Pacific Regional Medical Office
of the Peace Corps. He has also held many academic and
organizational appointments, including faculty positions at the
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine; Tulane
University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; and the
University of Hawaii School of Public Health. He has been a board
member of more than 25 organizations and associations and has
authored numerous chapters, articles, editorials, and reviews in a
variety of publications.
His recent honors include an Honorary Doctor of Science from Washington and Lee
University; the Public Health Heros Award from the University of California, Berkeley;
the Hero in Medicine Award from the Association of Physicians in AIDS Care; the
Award for Courageous Leadership from the San Francisco Foundation; and amfAR’s
Award of Courage.
Dr. Silverman received his B.S. from Washington and Lee University, his M.D. from
Tulane University School of Medicine, and his M.P.H. from Harvard University School
of Public Health.
He and his wife, Deborah, have three daughters, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter,
and live in Crockett, CA.