A native Iowan, Dr. Dee Silver did his undergraduate work at the University of Northern Iowa in music education, and played profession trumpet for a number of years. He received his doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Iowa, interned at the University of Utah, and completed his residency in neurology at the University of Iowa. He was in the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander at Balboa Hospital from 1971 to 1973, headed the section of neurophysiology from 1971 to 1973 and headed the Department of Neurology from 1972 to late 1973. His main areas of interest are neurodegenerative diseases, especially Parkinson’s disease and atypical Parkinson’s disease, but also Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He has maintained an extensive and active interest and involvement in other areas of neurological diseases, but especially multiple sclerosis and migraine. He has been an investigator for many new drugs in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, MS and migraine. He has been the principle investigator in over 80 clinical trials in primarily in Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and migraine. In 1994 Dr. Silver along with Dr. Ott brought Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) into San Diego as an established treatment for Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease.
A board certified neurologist, Dr. Silver has served as President of the San Diego Neurological Society, and was a founding board member of the Hospital Staff Medical Group and XIMED. Since 1973 he has been a member of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla Medical Staff. He was a CMA delegate of twelve years. Dr. Silver has been the Neurology Section Head at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas and twice Neurology Section Head at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He was chairman of the Physician’s Health and Well-being Committee for 15 years. He has been Medical Director of the Parkinson’s disease Association of San Diego since its inception in the early 1980s. He was also one of the founding Supervisor Board Members for the Mc Donald Center.
He is a member of the AMA, AAN, SDNS, CMA, CNS, SDMS, AHA, & MDS.
A respected and sought-after lecturer, Dr. Silver had taught and lectured in many parts of the United States and Europe. On many occasions he has been featured on TV and local radio stations and has done 13 medical series on MD TV for UCSD (Google uctv.tv search dee silver) on migraine, Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s disease dementia, Deep Brain Stimulation, Essential Tremor and Alzheimer’s disease and several series on memory loss (uctv.tv). He has participated in many medical panels, advisory boards, and thought groups across the United States. He has authored chapters for course studies and has written numerous medical papers. He was coeditor of the Algorithm for The Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. It was a 1994 supplement to the AAN’s journal, “Neurology”; the other coeditors were Dr. William Koller and Dr. Abraham Lieberman. It was considered by many as a landmark publication for the treatment format for Parkinson’s disease and for other neurodegenerative diseases. He revised the algorithm in an article in another supplement in Neurology entitled “Initiating Treatment in Parkinson’s Disease” in 1998. He lectured quarterly at the Emergency Medical Symposium I, a UCSD physician’s continuing education course and did so from 1979 through 1998. He wrote and revised the chapters every 2 years in the course text. He was one of the editors of the publication Neura for 4 volumes, and has been an “expert” 4 times on the web site MS Watch.
He wrote the chapter on Parkinson Disease for Conn’s Modern Therapy 2004 and 2006. Recently published article “Clinical experience with the novel levodopa formulation entacapone+levodopa+carbidopa (Stalevo)” was in Future Drugs Ltd. in 2004. He is a coeditor of the supplement on Restless Leg Syndrome in the “Consultant” 2006. Other recent publications are;
Participated in 7 posters in the last 2 years at ANN and MDS
He is listed in Best Doctors in America, Top Doctors in Doctors across America and was honored by CHAD, as Volunteer of the Year Award in 1991. He was honored by the Parkinson’s disease Association of San Diego in October of 2004 and received the “Spirit of Life Award.” Dr. Silver is listed in Who’s Who In America and Who’s Who In The World. Was selected to be in the Best Doctors in America and was finalist in 2008 for San Diego’s Healthcare Champions.
Dr. Silver’s involvement at Scripps Memorial Hospitals has been quite extensive. He has served for many years as Chairman of the Ellen Browning Scripps Society; served on the Board of Directors of Scripps Memorial Hospital Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Development Committee; the Executive Cabinet of the Fund for Greatness; Chairman of the Medalists Award Nominating Committee for the Ellen Browning Scripps Society and the Arts Advisory and Acquisition Committee for Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla. He was one of the first inductees into the Belle Plaine Iowa Hall of Fame. He served on the Board of Trustees for many years of Scripps Foundation for Medicine and Science, its Executive Committee and its Development and Funding Priorities Committee; and was on the board of Friends of Scripps Advisory Board. He was also a scientific consultant to the Neuroscience Institute in La Jolla, CA in 2004.
Dr. Dee Silver is the president of Coastal Neurological Medical Group, Inc. located at 9850 Genesee Avenue, Suite 740, La Jolla, California.
Updated January 12, 2012
9850 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037