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Michael Silverstein, MD

TitleProfessor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentPediatrics
DivisionGeneral Pediatrics
Address88 E. Newton St Vose Hall
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-7903
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-9474-7548
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TitleDirector (Section)
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentPediatrics
DivisionGeneral Pediatrics

TitleActive Staff Privileges
InstitutionBoston Medical Center
DepartmentPediatrics

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Michael Silverstein is the Director of the Division of General Pediatrics and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at BUSM, as well as the Vice Chairman for Research for the Department of Pediatrics. He attended Harvard University and Harvard Medical School and completed his medical training at the University of Washington, where he also did his fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He joined the Boston University faculty in 2004.

Dr. Silverstein's work focuses on family-based mental health, specifically maternal depression, traumatic stress, and addiction in newborns and infants, among other topics that allow him to exercise his commitment to working with low-income and under-served children. This passion is something Dr. Silverstein pursues here at BMC as well as outside the hospital, having served as the medical Director at Action for Boston Community Development Head Start for more than seven years. He also sits on several committees whose objectives are concerned with improving access to and quality of care for disadvantaged populations. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.

 Publications
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  1. Screening for Celiac Disease: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2017 03 28; 317(12):1252-1257. PMID: 28350936.
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  2. Screening for Gynecologic Conditions With Pelvic Examination: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2017 03 07; 317(9):947-953. PMID: 28267862.
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  3. Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2017 Jan 24; 317(4):407-414. PMID: 28118461.
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  4. Folic Acid Supplementation for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2017 01 10; 317(2):183-189. PMID: 28097362.
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  5. Silverstein M, Diaz-Linhart Y, Grote N, Cadena L, Cabral H, Feinberg E. Harnessing the Capacity of Head Start to Engage Mothers with Depression in Treatment. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(1):14-23. PMID: 28238982.
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  6. Serologic Screening for Genital Herpes Infection: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. JAMA. 2016 12 20; 316(23):2525-2530. PMID: 27997659.
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  7. Silverstein M, Kistin CJ. Early Education Programs for Low-Income Children: The Time for Dissemination Has Come. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Dec 01; 170(12):1139-1140. PMID: 27695856.
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  8. Wilkinson TA, Berardi MR, Crocker EA, Nordt C, Silverstein M. Feasibility of using text message reminders to increase fulfilment of emergency contraception prescriptions by adolescents. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2017 Jan; 43(1):79-80. PMID: 27888182.
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  9. Radesky JS, Kistin C, Eisenberg S, Gross J, Block G, Zuckerman B, Silverstein M. Parent Perspectives on Their Mobile Technology Use: The Excitement and Exhaustion of Parenting While Connected. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2016 Nov/Dec; 37(9):694-701. PMID: 27802256.
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  10. Radesky JS, Eisenberg S, Kistin CJ, Gross J, Block G, Zuckerman B, Silverstein M. Overstimulated Consumers or Next-Generation Learners? Parent Tensions About Child Mobile Technology Use. Ann Fam Med. 2016 Nov; 14(6):503-508. PMID: 28376436.
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  11. Diaz-Linhart Y, Silverstein M, Grote N, Cadena L, Feinberg E, Ruth BJ, Cabral H. Patient Navigation for Mothers with Depression who Have Children in Head Start: A Pilot Study. Soc Work Public Health. 2016 Oct; 31(6):504-10. PMID: 27195704.
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  12. Feinberg E, Abufhele M, Sandler J, Augustyn M, Cabral H, Chen N, Diaz Linhart Y, Cesar Levesque Z, Aebi M, Silverstein M. Reducing Disparities in Timely Autism Diagnosis Through Family Navigation: Results From a Randomized Pilot Trial. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 Aug 01; 67(8):912-5. PMID: 27133722.
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  13. Radesky JS, Peacock-Chambers E, Zuckerman B, Silverstein M. Use of Mobile Technology to Calm Upset Children: Associations With Social-Emotional Development. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Apr; 170(4):397-9. PMID: 26928293.
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  14. Silverstein M, Radesky J. Embrace the Complexity: The US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation on Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder. JAMA. 2016 Feb 16; 315(7):661-2. PMID: 26881368.
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  15. Li M, Fallin MD, Riley A, Landa R, Walker SO, Silverstein M, Caruso D, Pearson C, Kiang S, Dahm JL, Hong X, Wang G, Wang MC, Zuckerman B, Wang X. The Association of Maternal Obesity and Diabetes With Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Pediatrics. 2016 Feb; 137(2):e20152206. PMID: 26826214.
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  16. Kistin CJ, Tompson MC, Cabral HJ, Sege RD, Winter MR, Silverstein M. Subsequent Maltreatment in Children With Disabilities After an Unsubstantiated Report for Neglect. JAMA. 2016 Jan 5; 315(1):85-7. PMID: 26746463.
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  17. Kistin C, Silverstein M. Pilot Studies: A Critical but Potentially Misused Component of Interventional Research. JAMA. 2015 Oct 20; 314(15):1561-2. PMID: 26501530.
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  18. Silverstein M, Hironaka LK, Feinberg E, Sandler J, Pellicer M, Chen N, Cabral H. Using Clinical Data to Predict Accurate ADHD Diagnoses Among Urban Children. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2016 Apr; 55(4):326-32. PMID: 26130393.
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  19. Silverstein M, Kistin C, Bair-Merritt M, Wiltsey-Stirman S, Feinberg E, Diaz-Linhart Y, Sandler J, Chen N, Cabral H. Avoidance as an obstacle to preventing depression among urban women at high risk for violent trauma. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Feb; 19(1):63-70. PMID: 25833808.
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  20. Silverstein M, Hironaka LK, Walter HJ, Feinberg E, Sandler J, Pellicer M, Chen N, Cabral H. Collaborative care for children with ADHD symptoms: a randomized comparative effectiveness trial. Pediatrics. 2015 Apr; 135(4):e858-67. PMID: 25802346.
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  21. Peacock-Chambers E, Silverstein M. Millennium Development Goals: update from North America. Arch Dis Child. 2015 Feb; 100 Suppl 1:S74-5. PMID: 25613978.
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  22. Garg A, Toy S, Tripodis Y, Silverstein M, Freeman E. Addressing social determinants of health at well child care visits: a cluster RCT. Pediatrics. 2015 Feb; 135(2):e296-304. PMID: 25560448.
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  23. Wilkinson TA, Vargas G, Fahey N, Suther E, Silverstein M. The authors reply. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Jul; 55(1):149. PMID: 24952913.
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  24. Radesky JS, Silverstein M, Zuckerman B, Christakis DA. Infant self-regulation and early childhood media exposure. Pediatrics. 2014 May; 133(5):e1172-8. PMID: 24733868.
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  25. Kistin CJ, Radesky J, Diaz-Linhart Y, Tompson MC, O'Connor E, Silverstein M. A qualitative study of parenting stress, coping, and discipline approaches among low-income traumatized mothers. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2014 Apr; 35(3):189-96. PMID: 24633062.
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  26. Radesky JS, Kistin CJ, Zuckerman B, Nitzberg K, Gross J, Kaplan-Sanoff M, Augustyn M, Silverstein M. Patterns of mobile device use by caregivers and children during meals in fast food restaurants. Pediatrics. 2014 Apr; 133(4):e843-9. PMID: 24616357.
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  27. Wilkinson TA, Vargas G, Fahey N, Suther E, Silverstein M. "I'll see what I can do": What adolescents experience when requesting emergency contraception. J Adolesc Health. 2014 Jan; 54(1):14-9. PMID: 24360593.
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  28. Feinberg E, Augustyn M, Fitzgerald E, Sandler J, Ferreira-Cesar Suarez Z, Chen N, Cabral H, Beardslee W, Silverstein M. Improving maternal mental health after a child's diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder: results from a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Jan; 168(1):40-6. PMID: 24217336.
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  29. Feinberg E, Silverstein M, Ferreira-Cesar Z. Integrating mental health services for mothers of children with autism. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 Sep 1; 64(9):930. PMID: 24026841.
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  30. Radesky JS, Zuckerman B, Silverstein M, Rivara FP, Barr M, Taylor JA, Lengua LJ, Barr RG. Inconsolable infant crying and maternal postpartum depressive symptoms. Pediatrics. 2013 Jun; 131(6):e1857-64. PMID: 23650295.
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  31. Brent DA, Silverstein M. Shedding light on the long shadow of childhood adversity. JAMA. 2013 May 1; 309(17):1777-8. PMID: 23632718.
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  32. Wilkinson TA, Fahey N, Shields C, Suther E, Cabral HJ, Silverstein M. Pharmacy communication to adolescents and their physicians regarding access to emergency contraception. Pediatrics. 2012 Apr; 129(4):624-9. PMID: 22451704.
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  33. Feinberg E, Donahue S, Bliss R, Silverstein M. Maternal depressive symptoms and participation in early intervention services for young children. Matern Child Health J. 2012 Feb; 16(2):336-45. PMID: 21140201.
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  34. Rosman SL, Dorfman D, Suglia SF, Humphrey C, Silverstein M. Predictors of prescription filling after visits to the pediatric emergency department. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Jan; 28(1):22-5. PMID: 22193695.
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  35. Feinberg E, Stein R, Diaz-Linhart Y, Egbert L, Beardslee W, Hegel MT, Silverstein M. Adaptation of problem-solving treatment for prevention of depression among low-income, culturally diverse mothers. Fam Community Health. 2012 Jan-Mar; 35(1):57-67. PMID: 22143488.
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  36. Wilkinson TA, Fahey N, Suther E, Cabral HJ, Silverstein M. Access to emergency contraception for adolescents. JAMA. 2012 Jan 25; 307(4):362-3. PMID: 22182591.
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  37. Silverstein M, Feinberg E, Cabral H, Sauder S, Egbert L, Schainker E, Kamholz K, Hegel M, Beardslee W. Problem-solving education to prevent depression among low-income mothers of preterm infants: a randomized controlled pilot trial. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2011 Aug; 14(4):317-24. PMID: 21667323.
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  38. Feinberg E, Silverstein M, Donahue S, Bliss R. The impact of race on participation in part C early intervention services. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2011 May; 32(4):284-91. PMID: 21389865.
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  39. Silverstein M, Feinberg E, Cabral H, Linhart YD, Sandler J, Hegel M, Appugliese DP, Beardslee W. Potential impact of trauma on the ability to prevent depression among low-income mothers. Depress Anxiety. 2011 Jun; 28(6):478-84. PMID: 21506207.
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  40. Sauder S, Stein R, Feinberg E, Bauchner H, Banks M, Silverstein M. When the subject is more than just the subject: two case studies of family involvement in human subjects research. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2011 Mar; 6(1):33-8. PMID: 21460585.
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  41. Silverstein M, Feinberg E, Hegel M. Preventing depression of mothers of preterm infants. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Jan; 62(1):101. PMID: 21209309.
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  42. Silverstein M, Feinberg E, Sauder S, Egbert L, Stein R. Comorbid posttraumatic stress symptoms in an urban population of mothers screening positive for depression. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Aug; 164(8):778-9. PMID: 20679172.
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  43. Silverstein M, Feinberg E, Young R, Sauder S. Maternal depression, perceptions of children's social aptitude and reported activity restriction among former very low birthweight infants. Arch Dis Child. 2010 Jul; 95(7):521-5. PMID: 20522473.
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  44. Stein R, Silverstein M. Potential implications of US healthcare reform for American children. Arch Dis Child. 2010 Aug; 95(8):578-9. PMID: 20371587.
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  45. Silverstein M, Guppy N, Young R, Augustyn M. Receipt of special education services following elementary school grade retention. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009 Jun; 163(6):547-53. PMID: 19487611.
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  46. Silverstein M, Reid S, DePeau K, Lamberto J, Beardslee W. Functional interpretations of sadness, stress and demoralization among an urban population of low-income mothers. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Mar; 14(2):245-53. PMID: 19156506.
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  47. Silverstein M, Lamberto J, DePeau K, Grossman DC. "You get what you get": unexpected findings about low-income parents' negative experiences with community resources. Pediatrics. 2008 Dec; 122(6):e1141-8. PMID: 19047215.
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  48. Silverstein M, Conroy K, Sandel M. Screening for social determinants of health in pediatric primary care. Pediatr Ann. 2008 Nov; 37(11):740-6. PMID: 19024841.
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  49. Silverstein M, Augustyn M, Young R, Zuckerman B. The relationship between maternal depression, in-home violence and use of physical punishment: what is the role of child behaviour? Arch Dis Child. 2009 Feb; 94(2):138-43. PMID: 18786952.
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  50. Martinez-Castaldi C, Silverstein M, Bauchner H. Child versus adult research: the gap in high-quality study design. Pediatrics. 2008 Jul; 122(1):52-7. PMID: 18595986.
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  51. Silverstein M, Banks M, Fish S, Bauchner H. Variability in institutional approaches to ethics review of community-based research conducted in collaboration with unaffiliated organizations. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2008 Jun; 3(2):69-76. PMID: 19385746.
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  52. Silverstein M. Meeting the challenges of an aging workforce. Am J Ind Med. 2008 Apr; 51(4):269-80. PMID: 18271000.
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  53. Silverstein M. Getting home safe and sound: occupational safety and health administration at 38. Am J Public Health. 2008 Mar; 98(3):416-23. PMID: 18235060.
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  54. Litzow J, Silverstein M. Corporal Punishment and its affect on Children. Paediatric and Child Health. 2008; 18(12):542-544.
  55. Kenyon C, Sandel M, Silverstein M, Shakir A, Zuckerman B. Revisiting the social history for child health. Pediatrics. 2007 Sep; 120(3):e734-8. PMID: 17766513.
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  56. Silverstein M. Ergonomics and regulatory politics: the Washington State case. Am J Ind Med. 2007 May; 50(5):391-401. PMID: 17407151.
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  57. Silverstein M, Augustyn M, Cabral H, Zuckerman B. Maternal depression and violence exposure: double jeopardy for child school functioning. Pediatrics. 2006 Sep; 118(3):e792-800. PMID: 16950968.
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  58. Silverstein M, Sand N, Glascoe FP, Gupta VB, Tonniges TP, O'Connor KG. Pediatrician practices regarding referral to early intervention services: is an established diagnosis important? Ambul Pediatr. 2006 Mar-Apr; 6(2):105-9. PMID: 16530148.
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  59. Sand N, Silverstein M, Glascoe FP, Gupta VB, Tonniges TP, O'Connor KG. Pediatricians' reported practices regarding developmental screening: do guidelines work? Do they help? Pediatrics. 2005 Jul; 116(1):174-9. PMID: 15995049.
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  60. Rhee KE, Silverstein M. Use of serum electrolyte panels in gastroenteritis. Pediatrics. 2005 Apr; 115(4):1108-9; author reply 1109-10. PMID: 15805401.
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  61. Silverstein M. Come one, come all, come none. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Apr; 159(4):317-8. PMID: 15809381.
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  62. Needlman R, Silverstein M. Pediatric interventions to support reading aloud: how good is the evidence? J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2004 Oct; 25(5):352-63. PMID: 15502552.
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  63. Silverstein M, Mack C, Reavis N, Koepsell TD, Gross GS, Grossman DC. Effect of a clinic-based referral system to head start: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2004 Aug 25; 292(8):968-71. PMID: 15328329.
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  64. Silverstein M, Grossman DC, Koepsell TD, Rivara FP. Pediatricians' reported practices regarding early education and Head Start referral. Pediatrics. 2003 Jun; 111(6 Pt 1):1351-7. PMID: 12777552.
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  65. Silverstein M, Sales AE, Koepsell TD. Health care utilization and expenditures associated with child care attendance: a nationally representative sample. Pediatrics. 2003 Apr; 111(4 Pt 1):e371-5. PMID: 12671154.
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  66. Carroll AE, Silverstein M. C-reactive protein? Pediatrics. 2002 Aug; 110(2 Pt 1):422; author reply 422. PMID: 12165611.
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  67. Silverstein M, Iverson L, Lozano P. An English-language clinic-based literacy program is effective for a multilingual population. Pediatrics. 2002 May; 109(5):E76-6. PMID: 11986482.
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  68. Juul-Dam N, Brunner S, Katzenellenbogen R, Silverstein M, Christakis DA. Does problem-based learning improve residents' self-directed learning? Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001 Jun; 155(6):673-5. PMID: 11386955.
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  69. Nietert PJ, Abboud MR, Zoller JS, Silverstein MD. Costs, charges, and reimbursements for persons with sickle cell disease. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 1999 Sep-Oct; 21(5):389-96. PMID: 10524452.
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  70. Silverstein M, Bachur R, Harper MB. Clinical implications of penicillin and ceftriaxone resistance among children with pneumococcal bacteremia. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 1999 Jan; 18(1):35-41. PMID: 9951978.
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  71. Hunt LW, Silverstein MD, Reed CE, O'Connell EJ, O'Fallon WM, Yunginger JW. Accuracy of the death certificate in a population-based study of asthmatic patients. JAMA. 1993 Apr 21; 269(15):1947-52. PMID: 8464126.
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  72. Taylor CA, Larson DE, Ballard DJ, Bergstrom LR, Silverstein MD, Zinsmeister AR, DiMagno EP. Predictors of outcome after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy: a community-based study. Mayo Clin Proc. 1992 Nov; 67(11):1042-9. PMID: 1434864.
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  73. Sakamoto H, Michaelson J, Jones WK, Bhan AK, Abhyankar S, Silverstein M, Golan DE, Burakoff SJ, Ferrara JL. Lymphocytes with a CD4+ CD8- CD3- phenotype are effectors of experimental cutaneous graft-versus-host disease. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1991 Dec 1; 88(23):10890-4. PMID: 1835792.
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  74. La Puma J, Stocking CB, Silverstein MD, DiMartini A, Siegler M. An ethics consultation service in a teaching hospital. Utilization and evaluation. JAMA. 1988 Aug 12; 260(6):808-11. PMID: 3392812.
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