Herbert Silverstein MSc, MD, FACS

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Title: President
Company: Silverstein Institute and Ear Research Institute
Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States

Herbert Silverstein, President of the Silverstein Institute and Ear Research Foundation 501C3, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, research achievements, and leadership in Otology/Neurotology.

Dr. Silverstein was encouraged by his father, who was a neuropsychiatrist, to pursue a career in medicine. Following his own intrigue into the field, Dr. Silverstein first earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Dickenson College in 1957 before earning an MD and MSc from Temple University in 1961. He continued a residency in otolaryngology at Harvard Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary graduating in 1963. Particularly interested in otology, he became board certified through the American Board of Otolaryngology 1967. He served as a staff otolaryngologist while in the US Army Medical Corps as a captain at Tripler General Hospital in Honolulu Hawaii.

On a daily basis, Dr. Silverstein oversees his nonprofit, the Ear Research Foundation. He brings decades of experience to this venture. In his career, he was a clinical instructor teaching fellow in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Harvard Medical School and provided patients with the utmost care at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. Dr. Silverstein is known for inventing and innovating new surgical procedures that have been implemented into common medical care. One of the latest procedures has helped patients all over the world who have Hyperacusis, a disorder which makes it difficult for a person to deal with everyday sounds. The procedure involves adding tissue to the ear to dampen the middle ear bones so that the sounds aren’t as abrasive for the patient to hear. Furthermore, he developed a new procedure for otosclerosis; the Laser STAMP (Laser Stapedotomy Minus Prosthesis), that does not require a prosthesis to restore the patient’s hearing. He developed the retro labyrinthine vestibular neurectomy that relieves vertigo while preserving hearing, as well as many minimally invasive surgical techniques, including the Silverstein MicroWick for treating Meniérè’s Disease and sudden deafness using Dexamethasone self-administered ear drops.

As a leader in innovative research and development, Dr. Silverstein has been recognized with a number of awards and accolades. In 2017, he was the 7th presenter at the AAO-HNS Howard House Memorial Lecture. That same year, he received an Honor Award from the Foundation for Innovation, Education, and Research in Otolaryngology. In 2012, the city of Sarasota celebrated his life and work by proclaiming March 9th in his name. In addition, he has received the Board of Governor’s Award, a Presidential Citation and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology. He received the Award of Merit from the American Otological Society. Dr. Silverstein has been the Guest of Honor at a number of events, including the Otosclerosis Study Group; the Canadian ENT Society; and the Prosper Meniere Society. In his career, he has been recognized among the Best Doctors in America, the Best Medical Specialists in the US, and has received many other accolades. Looking toward the future, he endeavors to continue research, caring for, and helping patients in the otology/neurotology field of medicine.

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