Repository: Lawrence Gartner, MD, FAAP and Carol Gartner, PhD Pediatric History Center
American Academy of Pediatrics
345 Park Blvd
Itasca, IL 60143
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Title: William A. Silverman Papers
Dates: 1945 - 2004
Physical Description: 4.5 Linear feet
Language(s): English
Summary: Manuscripts for publications and lectures, publication reprints, notes, news articles, invitations, and correspondence created throughout Dr William Silverman’s career in pediatrics, neonatology, medical education and clinical research.​


Administrative Information

Provenance: Gift from Mrs. Rose Silverman, 2006.
Information about Access: The collection is open without restriction.
Ownership & Copyright: The collection is the physical property of the Gartner Pediatric History Center. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Biographical Note

A leader in pediatrics for more than 60 years, Dr. Silverman authored hundreds of articles, papers and lectures as well as five books. Considered the "father of neonatal care" in the United States, Dr. Silverman pioneered the burgeoning discipline of premature infant care beginning in the early 1940s. His studies of premature infant temperature control, retinopathy of prematurity, and kernicterus are considered classics in the field. He was relentless in his pursuit of "evidence" and insistence on controlled clinical trials in the field. He dedicated much of his later life to work with the blind and to experimental design issues in clinical research. Dr. Silverman graduated from the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco in 1942. He trained at University of California Hospital in San Francisco and The Babies Hospital of 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. Even after retirement, Dr. Silverman remained a key figure in the pediatric world, lecturing, writing, editing publications and mentoring until his death in 2005.


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