Mervyn F. Silverman, M.D., M.P.H.
Joined the amfAR board in 1986.
President of amfAR from May 1986 through April 1996, secretary from 2011 to
present, and national spokesperson from January 1986 through December 1995.
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
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
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. Among his recent honors are his
designation as a Public Health Hero by the University of California, Berkeley;
a Heroes in Medicine award from the Association of Physicians in AIDS Care; 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
He and his wife, Deborah, have three daughters and one granddaughter and live in Crockett, California.