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Dr. Julie Silver

Julie K. Silver, MD is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. She is on the medical staffs of Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospitals. Dr. Silver developed and directs the successful Harvard Medical School women’s leadership CME course which has trained thousands of women in medicine. 


Dr. Silver is a subject matter expert on workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has published many studies and reports specifically focused on workforce gender equity. In addition, Dr. Silver has published on workforce disparities that include race/ethnicity as well as studies on patient care disparities. Her work has been published in high-impact journals and across numerous specialties—including Cell, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Dermatology, JAMA Network Open, The Lancet, BMJ, Pediatrics, Neurology, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Health Equity, and Journal of Women’s Health. 


Dr. Silver’s research often intersects with innovation and implementation science. She has developed a unique approach to workforce inclusion and wellness aimed at strategically advancing equity and promoting wellness for faculty and staff by analyzing how they are valued and respected for their important contributions. For example, Dr. Silver identified that faculty members were not equitably recognized by their own medical societies, and she spearheaded groundbreaking research on the underrepresentation of women physicians—at zero or near zero levels--for recognition awards. This foundational work has recently been incorporated into the American Association of Medical College’s gender equity statement and call to action. Dr. Silver has developed and led numerous high impact national strategic initiatives such as the Invest In Her Campaign, Give Her A Reason to Stay Campaign, Her Time Is Now Campaign, Be Ethical Campaign, Need Her Science Campaign, and the Walls Do Talk Challenge.  


Dr. Silver’s work has been featured in many media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The London Times, US News and World Report and NPR. She has also appeared on numerous TV shows including the CBS Early Show, The Today Show, Fox News and ABC News. 

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