Richard T. Silver, <span>MD</span>

Richard T. Silver, MD

Medical Oncology (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Internal Medicine (Board Certified)
Languages: Portuguese
Office Phone: (646) 962-2065, (646) 962-2700


Richard T. Silver, M.D. is Professor of Medicine, Attending Physician and Emeritus Director of the Richard T. SIlver M.D. Myleoproliferative Neoplasm Center at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also Medical Director, The Cancer Research and Treatment Fund, Inc.; past President and current Member of the Board of Directors, New York State Society of Medical Oncologists and Hematologists; past President and currently Senior Advisor, Weill Cornell Medical College, Alumni Association, Life Member, Cornell University Council.


Dr. Silver received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College. He completed an internship in medicine and a residency in medicine (hematology) at The New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. He was a Clinical Associate in the Leukemia Service of the General Medicine Branch at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Afterwards, he served as a Visiting Fulbright Professor at the University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil. He then returned to The New York -Weill Cornell Medical Center where he has remained.


Dr. Silver has combined a career of clinical investigation, teaching and practice. He draws patients from the large metropolitan New York City area and internationally. In his career, Dr. Silver has written more than  279  peer-reviewed articles, written or edited more than 4 books, more than 20 chapters, and 254 abstracts, and served on numerous review boards and study groups; belonged to over 13 medical societies; held 10 visiting professorships; delivered more than 200 invited national lectures and 50 international lectures. He has served as editor and reviewer of many medical journals and articles; He has been the principal investigator of numerous clinical trials; He served as Acting Chairman and Vice Chairman of Cancer and Leukemia Group B, a large multi-institutional cancer research group; in this group he served also as Chair of the Chronic Leukemia Subcommittee.  Dr. Silver is routinely listed among The Best Doctors in New York and is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science, etc.


His current interests are in developmental therapeutics and evaluating small molecular drugs for treating chronic myeloid leukemia and the myleoproliferative neoplasms, polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and primary myelofibrosis.  He is currently the Principal Investigator at Weill Cornell Medical Center of the Myeloproliferative Research Consortium, an RO1 NIH grant on the treatment of myleoproliferative neoplasms, and served as Chairman of its Membership Committee and on its Executive Committee.  He is also Principal Investigator for Weill Cornell to the European LeukemiaNet.

A summary of Dr. Silver's Education, Training and/or Faculty Appointments follows:


Medical Training:

  • Resident in Medicine (Hematology), The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, 1957-1958
  • Assistant Resident in Medicine, The New York-Cornell Medical Center, 1956-1957
  • Intern in Medicine, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, 1953-54
  • Clinical Associate, General Medicine Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, 1954-1956
  • Visiting Fulbright Professor, University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil, 1960-1961



  • Diplomat, Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1973
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians, 1965
  • Diplomat, American Board of Internal Medicine, 1962
  • Licensure, New York State, 1954
  • Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1953




Current Appointments:

  • Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical
  • Attending Physician, New York-Presbyterian Hospital 
  • Emeritus Director, Richard T. SIlver M.D. Myleoproliferative Neoplasm Center, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Medical Director, The Cancer Research and Treatment Fund, Inc. 
  • Board of Directors, New York State Society of Medical Oncologists and Hematologists 
  • Senior Advisor, Alumni Association, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Life Member, Cornell University Council


Awards and Honors:

  • New York State Society of Medical Oncologists and Hematologists Award of Appreciation for Service as President 1991-2000
  • Richard T. Silver Distinguished Visiting Professorship,1998
  • Pasmantier Award of the New York Cancer Society and Fund for Blood and Cancer Research for Outstanding Accomplishment and Distinguished Service to Clinical Medicine and Medical Oncology, June 1999
  • Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professorship in Hematology & Medical Oncology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 2001
  • Timothy Gee Award for Outstanding Clinician, Teacher, Mentor, Humanist presented by Sass & Strauss Foundation, May 19, 2001
  • Lifetime achievement award for pioneering work in clinical hematology and as Founder and Medical Director of the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund (CR&T), 2008
  • Distinguished Emeritus member, American Society of Hematology, 2010
  • Lifetime of Academic Achievement, Dedication and Service to Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC), 2011
  • The Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Association Special Achievement Award, 2012
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, The SASS Foundation for Medical Research, Inc., 2012
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of Hematology, Israel Society of Hematology and Blood Transfusion and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2013
  • Dedication, Richard T. Silver, M.D. Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Center at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2014



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1953 Weill Cornell Medical College

Internship: 1954 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Residency: 1956 National Institutes of Health

Residency: 1958 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center