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Michael Silbermann

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Citizenship  Israel

Name  Michael Silbermann
Michael Silbermann
Born  January 19, 1934 (age 81) Acre, Israel (1934-01-19)
Institutions  Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel Ministry of Health, Middle East Cancer Consortium
Doctoral advisors  Jack Fromer and Larry Cavazos
Notable awards  2015 Honorary Member Award (Oncology Nursing Society)
Fields  Oral and maxillofacial surgery
Alma mater  Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tufts University

Michael Silbermann is an Israeli maxillo-facial surgeon and health educator. He is currently the executive director of the Middle East Cancer Consortium.



Silbermann was born on January 19, 1935 in the old quarters of the Arab city of Acre, Israel. His parents, Herbert and Marga-Miriam emigrated from their native Germany to Palestine in 1934.


Following his military service, Silbermann moved to Jerusalem to study dental medicine at the Hadassah Faculty of Dentistry (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, doing his residency in oral surgery with Jacob Lewin-Epstcin.

Following his studies in Jerusalem (1967), he moved to Boston (MA, United States) for specialty training in maxillo-facial surgery at Boston City Hospital under Philip Maloney and Chris Doku. After completing his Ph.D. at Tufts University (under Jack Fromer and Larry Cavazos), he joined a new medical school at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa).

After serving for 20 years as chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Technion's Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, and 10 years as director of the Laboratory for Musculoskeletal Research, he was elected dean of the Technion's Faculty of Medicine. Upon completing his tenure as dean, he was appointed Chief Scientist of the Israel Ministry of Health in Jerusalem, starting January 1993. Silbermann is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine published by the OMICS Publishing Group, a predatory publisher.

In 2015, Silbermann received the Honorary Member Award of the Oncology Nursing Society for his contributions to oncologic nursing.

Middle East Cancer Consortium

Silbermann is the executive director of the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC) since 1996.

Selected publications

Silberman has authored more than 300 academic papers and book chapters related to the field of maxillofacial surgery and, in recent years, regarding the work and findings of the MECC. He has also edited three books:

  • Silbermann, M; Slavkin, H, eds. (1982). Current Advances in Skeletogenesis. Amsterdam-Oxford-Princeton: Excerpta Medica. 
  • Bernes, DS; Abramsky, O; Silbermann, M, eds. (1996). Director of Medical Research in Israel. Institutions and Scientists. Jerusalem, Israel: Ministry of Health (Israel) and Laster Pages. 
  • Silbermann, M, ed. (2004). Palliative Care to the Cancer Patient. The Middle East as a Model for Emerging Countries. New York, NY: Nova Publishers. 
  • References

    Michael Silbermann Wikipedia

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