Herbert Silverstein, MD, FACS
President and Founder of the Silverstein Institute and the Ear Research Foundation, has consistently been recognized (since 1979) as one the “Best Physicians in the USA.” He has been a leader in Otology/Neurotology (science of the ear and skullbase) for more than 40 years, developing surgical and diagnostic procedures, inventing instruments (such as the facial nerve monitor/stimulator), teaching medical students, residents and fellows, and helping people improve their quality of life. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Silverstein received his BS degree from Dickinson College (cum laude), and both MS (in physiology) and MD degrees from Temple University Medical School. Before coming to Sarasota in 1973, he served on the teaching staff of Harvard University Medical School, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, as director of the Walker Biochemistry Research Laboratory, and as associate professor and director of the Otological Research Laboratory at University of Pennsylvania Medical School.
He is internationally regarded as a leading authority on Ménière’s disease, having received the Prosper Meniere’s Society’s prestigious Gold Medal Honor Award in 1996 for his contributions to understanding the biochemistry of Meniere’s disease and his surgical developments to treat the disease. He developed the microsurgical posterior fossa vestibular neurectomy which relieves the patients vertigo attacks while preserving the hearing. He developed a new procedure for otosclerosis to free the frozen stapes bone, the Laser STAMP (Laser Stapedotomy Minus Prosthesis), which does not require a prosthesis to restore the patients’ hearing. He has been a pioneer in developing minimally invasive surgical techniques including laser tympanostomy and the Silverstein MicroWick which allows the patient to deliver medication to the inner ear though the ear canal to treat sudden deafness and Ménière’s disease. Recently he has pioneered treating Hyperacusis with a minimally invasive procedure, round and oval window reinforcement which reduces the sound vibrations of the stapes and round window membrane.
He is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an active member of the American Otological Society, AmericanNeurotology Society and the Triologic Society. He is on the active staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Cape Surgery Center.
In 1979, Dr. Silverstein founded the Ear Research Foundation. Today, he serves as its president, as well as its Medical Director. An active researcher, Dr. Silverstein speaks at many international medical meetings and is the author of over 248 scientific papers, textbook chapters and 7 textbooks, and videos. Among his many honors and accolades are the 2nd Howard P. House Award for Excellence in Ear Surgery, and the 10th Prosper Meniere Society Gold Medal Honor Award. He has been elected to the Best Doctors in the U.S.A. repeatedly since 1979. Other honors include President: Otosclerosis Study Group 1998, Guest of Honor: Canadian ENT Society 1999, Guest of Honor: The Triologic Society Southern Section 2002, Presidential Citation: American Academy of Otolaryngology 2002, President : Otosclerosis Study Group 2005, Award of Merit: American Otological Society 2006, and the AAO-HNS Howard House Memorial Lecture, 2017.