Norman H. Silverman

Dr. Norman H. Silverman began his medical career at the University of California at San Francisco in 1974.  His pioneering work at UCSF established echocardiography as a preferred diagnosis in pediatric cardiology supplanting more invasive catheterization methods.

He was the first to define the echocardiographic criteria for diagnosing patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in premature infants.  His research also was the first to define the four chamber view that is the bases for the non-invasive diagnosis of a wide variety of cardiac anomalies and is considered essential in all echocardiographic studies today.  He also introduced transesophageal echocardiography as a standard for managing intra-operative repair of children with congenital heart disease.  These observations changed and methods continue to influence how we manage congenital heart disease around the world.

Dr. Silverman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.  He is a past president of The Society of Pediatric Echocardiography, and an active member of the American Pediatric Society.  He is currently on the editorial board of Echocardiography and Cardiology in the Young and is a frequent invited speaker at echocardiography and congenital heart disease meetings and workshops worldwide.  He is an author on more than 220 peer reviewed articles and six books.  Publishing since 1970, his articles can be found in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Cardiology in the Young, Circulation, Pediatric Cardiology among others.  The second edition of his book, Fetal Cardiology: Embryology, Genetics, Physiology, Echocardiographic Evaluation, Diagnosis and Perinatal Management of Cardiac Diseases was published in 2009.

He received his undergraduate degrees and his medical training at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg South Africa.  In 1985, he received his degree as a Doctor of Science in Medicine for his echocardiographic studies of congenital heart disease from the University of the Witwatersrand.  In 2002, he moved to Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital as a Professor of Pediatrics where he is also The Roma and Marvin Auerback Scholar in Pediatric Cardiology.  At the Hospital’s Heart Center, he continues his research, writing and teaching.  In April of 2008, in recognition of his life-long dedication to teaching and education The American Society of Echocardiography honored him with their Award for Excellence in Teaching in Pediatrics.  This only the second time the Society has made this award.

Over the past four decades he has built a national and international reputation that is centered on teaching and mentoring fellow physicians and on innovation in techniques and diagnoses.  He is one of a few world-wide leaders who advanced the development of two-dimensional Doppler- and fetal echocardiography.  His research continues to focus on the clinical outcomes of medical and surgical management of congenital heart disease.  He remains dedicated to the field and passionate about advancing treatment techniques in pediatric cardiology.