Dr. Silverman completed his medical education at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, followed by an internship and residency at Baltimore City Hospital. He then completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a masters degree in bioethics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Silverman is the chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He teaches in the Public Health Program at the School of Medicine. He currently holds a grant from the National Institutes of Health under which he directs a training program in research ethics for individuals from the Middle East. His major research interests include investigating the attitudes and perspectives of members of institutional review boards, investigators and patients regarding the ethics of clinical trials. He is devoted to enhancing research ethics capacity in the developing world. His major educational interests consist of developing distance learning programs in medical ethics and research ethics.