Ross D. Silverman

Temple University College of Public Health

Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH, is professor of health services administration and policy and associate dean for faculty affairs at Temple University College of Public Health. He holds a secondary appointment as a professor at Temple University Beasley School of Law and is a member of the Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research.

Professor Silverman’s work focuses on public health; population health; health care technology; and health care law, policy and ethics. He also frequently teaches on issues related to negotiation and dispute resolution. He is particularly interested in how these areas affect the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Professor Silverman is an internationally recognized expert on issues related to vaccination law, policy and ethics, and during the COVID-19 pandemic served as an advisor to local, state and national government and non-governmental organizations on vaccination access, hesitancy, mandates and exemptions. His COVID-19 scholarship also has included law, policy and ethics concerns related to contact tracing; quarantine and isolation; inequities arising in local, state, national and international response efforts; and ethical and legal issues associated with implementation of public health policy.

Professor Silverman is also a national leader in the field of policy surveillance and legal epidemiology: the study of variations in, and the impact of, law, its interpretation, and its implementation and enforcement on health outcomes and vulnerable populations. His recent work in this area has focused on how local (city and county) law address substance use and addiction, the effects of state policies on opioid treatment, use and opioid-related health outcomes. He also serves as an associate editor for legal epidemiology for the journal Public Health Reports, the official journal of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service.

His recent research has appeared in such peer-reviewed publications as the New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, JAMA, JAMA-Pediatrics, Health Affairs, and the Hastings Center Report.

He has been active in service and leadership to his field, elected to multiple terms as chair of the American Public Health Association Health Law Special Primary Interest Group and the APHA Action Board, and was a leader in the establishment of the American Public Health Association Law Section. In 2013, he was awarded the APHA Law Section’s Lifetime Service Award. He also has been a mentor in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s program on the Future of Public Health Law, and regularly serves as a member of the planning committee for the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics’ Jay Healey session on Teaching Health Law at the annual Health Law Professors Conference.

Prior to his tenure at Temple University, Silverman was a professor at Indiana University’s Fairbanks School of Public Health and McKinney School of Law, and professor and chair of medical humanities at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Presentation (PPTX format): Removing Statutory Barriers to Inclusive Public Health Leadership