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photo Saul Silver, MD

Email: silvers@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-621-1500

Contact
Office: Shadyside Medical Building
5200 Center Avenue, Suite 514
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
 
Phone: 412-621-1500
Fax:
E-mail: silvers@upmc.edu
Research Interest
Sub Investigator Silver AMI: Observational study designed to collect data about the post –AMI recovery period that will be used to generate risk models for older patients with AMI. National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Yale University. New Haven, CT.

Sub Investigator (August 2015 – Present) ARTEMIS: A prospective, cluster-randomized clinical trial that will evaluate whether patient copayment reduction significantly influences antiplatelet therapy selection and long-term adherence, as well as patient outcomes and overall cost of care after acute myocardial infarction. AstraZeneca and Duke Clinical Research Institute (CRO). Raleigh/Durham, NC.

Sub Investigator (January 2012 – Present) BIOFLEX I: A Phase II clinical evaluation of safety and efficacy study of the Biotronik Astron and Astron-Pulsar stents used in the treatment of femoro-popliteal lesions located in the native SFA or PPA in patients presenting with life limiting PVD. Biotronik, Inc. Lake Oswego, OR.

Sub Investigator (May 2014 – Present) TIGRIS: Long term risk, clinical management, and healthcare resource utilization of stable coronary artery disease in post myocardial infarction patients, AstraZeneca. Sodertalje, Sweden and Worldwide Clinical Trials (CRO). London, England.

Sub Investigator (August 2012 – February 2015) ABSORB III: Clinical evaluation of the ABSORB Everolimus eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) in the treatment of subjects with de novo native coronary artery lesions. Abbott Vascular. Santa Clara, CA.
Clinical Interest
Cardiology for me is a passion that started at a young age after my father had a heart attack. When thinking back to that time I remember the futility my mother and I experienced in trying to understand what was happening. My father's heart disease inspired me to become a cardiologist and to help others enjoy better health and longer lives. Heart catheterization, echocardiography, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure are just a few of my clinical interests.
Educational Interest
I am most interested in heart disease prevention. The Dean Ornish program has been a passion of mine. Other programs that focus on prevention are also of keen interest. I attempt to empower patients through education to consider life style modification that can potentially transform their lives for the better. I also enjoy teaching residents and fellows Clinical Cardiology and catheterization lab procedures. The conditions of Sleep Apnea and obesity and Palliative care for the end stage cardiology patient as well as care for the family are also passions.

Teaching activities include:
2017: Mentorship/teaching, fellows on Cardiology Consult Service
2014-present: Medical student and Resident teaching on Clinical service rotations at Shadyside

I have also served as a faculty instructor and Clinical preceptor for the UPMC Physician Assistant School program ( In the "School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences") at the University of Pittsburgh.
Publications
For my complete bibliography, Click Here.
Selected Publications:
Silver, S. Cardiac Rehabilitation/Exercise in Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators. Journal of the National Medical Association. Journal of the National Medical Association. 1996; 88(6): 374-378.
Silver, S. The Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure in the 90’s. Congestive Heart Failure. 1996; May/June 1996: 26-33.
Silver S. Reduced Hospital Admissions With Chronic Inotropic Therapy for Resistant Congestive Heart Failure. Congestive Heart Failure. 1995; Nov/Dec 1995: 19-23.
Narahar KA, and the Western Enoximone Study Group. Enoximone versus Placebo: A Double Blind Trial in Chronic Congestive Heart Failure. American Heart Journal. 1991; 121(5): 1471-1479.
Notable Achievements
Pittsburgh Magazine Best Doctors, 2012
Patient's Choice Award, 2015
Patient's Choice Award, 2014
Patient's Choice Award, 2012
Patient's Choice Award, 2008