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Howard J. Silberstein, M.D.

Cancer, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

Brain Tumors; Cranial Surgery; Herniated Discs, Stenosis, Back Pain; Meningioma, General; Neurosurgery; Pain Management; Pediatric Neurosurgery, Brain Cancer; Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric Cancer; Pediatrics; Spasticity, Baclofen Pumps; Spinal Surgery

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 273-1606

Appointment: (585) 342-7783

Office: (585) 273-1606

Office: (585) 342-7783

Fax: (585) 273-3022

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Howard Silberstein, MD
Dr. Silberstein has been a member of the URMC Faculty since 1999 and is the Staff Neurosurgeon at Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He interned in General Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers Medical School at Camden New Jersey Campus. He completed his Neurosurgery training at the University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital training program. This included a 6-month clinical research fellowship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Silberstein completed a fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia. He has his medical licensure in New York State and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons as well as the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has professional hospital and administrative appointments at Rochester General Hospital, Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital and Unity Hospital all located in Rochester, NY. He has membership in the American Medical Association, New York State Medical Society, Monroe County Medical Society, American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has been involved in Neurosurgical Resident training from 2000 until the present.
Dr. Silberstein operated on 25 children with central nervous system tumors over the past year. He has extensive experience in resection of tumors located in eloquent regions of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Silberstein utilizes state of the art technologies: operating microscope, endoscopy and neuronavigation in the surgical treatment of children with brain tumors.



  • Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery


BS | George Washington University

MD | Univ of Vermont Coll Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

06/25/1985 - 06/28/1986
Internship in Surgery-General at Cooper University Hospital

07/01/1986 - 06/30/1991
Residency in Neurological Surgery at Hartford Hospital

09/05/2000 - 09/04/2001
Fellowship in Pediatric Neurological Surgery at Childrens Hospital of Phildelphia

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Joseph V. McDonald Teaching Award
Sponsor: URMC Neurosurgery Residents


Journal Articles

Perlmutter,D. H.; Campbell,S.; Rubery,P. T.; Vates,E. G.; Silberstein,H. J. "Aneurysmal bone cyst: surgical management in the pediatric cervical spine". Spine. 2009; 34(1): E50-53.

Silberstein, H.J. "Childhood Brain Tumors: Signs & Symptoms". Doctor's Advice ( A publication of the Monroe County Medical Society). 2008; 1(3): 22-23.

Midrio P, Silberstein HJ, Bilaniuk LT, Adzick NS, Sutton LN. "Prenatal diagnosis of terminal myelocystocele in the fetal surgery era: case report." Neurosurgery.. 2002 May 0; 50(5):1152-4; discussion 1154-5.