Division of pulmonary & Critical care

Gerard Silvestri, M.D., M.S., FCCP

George Sr. & Margaret Hillenbrand Endowed Professor
Vice Chair of Medicine for Faculty Development

Dr. Silvestri is a lung cancer pulmonologist with a career dedicated to the evaluation, management and improvement of outcomes of patients with this most common of malignancies.  He began the first multidisciplinary lung cancer clinic in South Carolina, and now evaluates between five and seven new lung cancers per week.  His research is patient oriented clinical research, directed towards nearly every aspect of lung cancer care.  He has a graduate degree in the evaluative clinical sciences, and applies these research techniques to many aspects of lung cancer.  His initial research focus was on the need for imaging studies to search for metastatic disease in patients with a normal clinical evaluation.  This was followed by a meta-analysis and cost – efficacy analysis on the subject and culminated in being asked to be on a panel that wrote the American Thoracic Society (ATS) position paper on the pre-treatment evaluation of lung cancer.  He has also been a section editor and author of the American College of Chest Physicians evidence based guidelines on the diagnosis and management of lung cancer.  He has experience in evaluating new technologies for the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer and was the part of the first group to publish the utility of endoscopic ultrasound with fine needle aspiration of mediastinal lymph nodes to stage lung cancer patients. 

As the pulmonologist member of the monitoring and advisory panel of the NCI’s Prostate, Lung, Colon, Ovarian (PLCO) screening trial, he became interested in screening for lung cancer, particularly as it relates to Computed Tomography.  The focus of his funded research is into evaluation and management of screen detected abnormalities, the ability to predict malignancy from a radiographically detected nodule, and the health policy implications of a mass screening program.  He has developed a national and international reputation in lung cancer having served for the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) on the Health, Science and Policy committee.  This group is charged with the development and dissemination of evidenced based clinical practice guidelines.  He has lectured as a master clinician in lung cancer for both the ACCP and the American Thoracic Society (ATS), and is the chair of the Thoracic Oncology Network of the ACCP.  He is also currently serving as the president of the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology.  To date, he has 198 peer-reviewed journal publications, abstracts, book chapters, and invited commentaries in clinical care and research of lung cancer.

Dr. Gerard Silvestri's Curriculum Vitae (*PDF Format)

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Gerard Silvestri, M.D., M.S., FCCP

Dr. Silvestri's Interests

   •Lung Cancer
   •Interventional Pulmonology
   •Health Services Research

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Silvestri's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.

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