2001 Award Recipient - William Silverman, MD

William A. Silverman, MD, (retired Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University) graduated from the University of California Medical School in San Francisco, CA in 1942. He trained at UC Hospital and The Babies Hospital, Columbia University in New York. He joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia in 1946 and for the next 22 years studied the problems of prematurely born infants using the newly-developed randomized clinical trial to test innovations. In his latest book, Where's the Evidence?, he is highly critical of the burgeoning field of neonatal pediatrics for its failure to draw a line between "knowing" and "doing." The uncritical adoption of untested therapies, he argues, has been responsible for recurrent iatrogenic disasters.




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