More About Dr. Rick

Dr. Silverman received his A.B. in German from Dartmouth College in 1981 and his M.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985. He completed training in General Surgery at the Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University and at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, finishing in 1990. He then trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, completing his program in 1992, followed by a travelling fellowship in Microvascular Surgery at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, and at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He has been on staff at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center since July, 1993. He obtained certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in November, 1995. His practice was relocated to the St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts, with offices in Newton and Brighton in September, 2000. In his new practice, he joins Dr. George Volpe, with whom he trained at U Mass.

1Dr. Silverman’s practice covers the broad range of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, with some focus on diseases of the breast in both men and women and body contouring. He remains affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. His focus in aesthetic surgery is in fitness-oriented individuals and bodybuilders, where he aims to provide surgical care with a minimal interruption in their training program. He has written several articles on the treatment of gynecomastia in bodybuilders, published in both peer reviewed journals as well as in popular literature, including Muscle & Fitness magazine (for which he also serves on the Medical Advisory Board) and Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness magazine. As a result of his exposure to the complications of drug use in athletes, Dr. Silverman has developed a program and is available to speak with students and other groups regarding steroids and other drug use in sports.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Silverman is active in leading groups of surgeons and medical personnel to Ecuador to provide surgical care to the underserved in this developing country, under the auspices of C.H.A.N.G.E, based in Worcester, and FUNDASE, based in Ecuador. The majority of care has focused on repair of congenital anomalies of the face and hand, especially cleft lip and palate, along with secondary burn reconstruction and treatment of scars.

Away from work, Dr. Silverman is an athlete, involved in rowing, sailing, and competitive bodybuilding, holding several titles, including the 2000 INBF Northeast Classic heavyweight winner and the 2000 Superbody Masters winner. Most recently, he finished 4th at the WNBF Pro Masters Cup and 3rd at the WNBF Mr. Universe, his first “professional” placing in the top three. He has written and performed music VA Smile Together In The Mix-Web telecharger and poetry, including an original “drug-free” rap as background to his posing routine in competition. He is an active alumni volunteer for Dartmouth College, having served as the President of the Dartmouth Alumni Council, and has been honored with the Dartmouth Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 2009.