In November, Debra T. Silverman, Sc.D., Chief of the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, received the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Alumni Award of Merit during the 2013 HSPH Alumni Centennial Weekend in Boston, Massachusetts. This award, which is given to recognize a significant career in the field of public health, is the highest honor that HSPH can bestow upon one of its graduates.
Dr. Silverman received her Sc.D. in epidemiology from HSPH and an Sc.M. in biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She joined NCI as a biostatistician in 1972 and has served as a cancer epidemiologist since 1983.
This award honors Dr. Silverman for her research in occupational cancers, particularly her leadership of high-impact, high-visibility studies into the etiology of bladder and pancreatic cancers, as well as her landmark study of lung cancer associated with exposure to diesel exhaust. Dr. Silverman’s work on diesel exhaust has important regulatory implications and figured prominently in the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s recent classification of diesel exhaust as a human carcinogen.