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Howard J. Silberstein, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 273-1606

Appointment: (585) 342-7783

Office: (585) 273-1606

Office: (585) 342-7783

Fax: (585) 273-3022

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Cancer, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics


Dr. Silberstein is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, Neurology, Orthopedics at URMC and the Golisano Children's Hospital. He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and 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. Dr. Silberstein is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons as well as the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and 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 has extensive experience in resection of tumors located in eloquent regions of the brain and spinal cord and utilizes state-of-the-art technologies in the surgical treatment of children with brain tumors. In addition, Dr Silberstein is a member of the Cleft and Craniofacial team and has been involved in over 350 craniofacial cases.



  • Focused Practice in Pediatric Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery Designation - American Board of Neurological Surgery


MD | University of Vermont College of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/05/2000 - 09/04/2001
Fellowship in Pediatric Neurological Surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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

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

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Joseph V. McDonald Teaching Award
Sponsor: URMC Neurosurgery Residents


Journal Articles

Piper K, Algattas H, DeAndrea-Lazarus IA, Kimmell KT, Li YM, Walter KA, Silberstein HJ, Vates GE. "Risk factors associated with venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing spine surgery." Journal of neurosurgery. Spine.. 2017 Jan 0; 26(1):90-96. Epub 2016 Sep 02.

Sandwell S, Kimmell KT, Silberstein HJ, Rodenhouse TG, Maurer PK, Pilcher WH, Walter KA. "349?Safety of the Sitting Cervical Position for Elective Spine Surgery." Neurosurgery.. 2016 Aug 0; 63 Suppl 1:203.

Miranda SP, Kimmell KT, Silberstein HJ. "Acute Presentation of Chiari I Malformation with Hemiparesis in a Pediatric Patient." World neurosurgery.. 2016 Jan 0; 85:366.e1-4. Epub 2015 Sep 11.