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In 2017, the selection committee chose Allan Silberman to receive the Alumni Fellow Award, the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
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Allan W. Silberman is the Robert J. and Suzanne Gottlieb Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology and Professor of

Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Following graduation from Penn State in 1968, he attended Boston University and received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1973 and his M.D. in 1975. Silberman then did his residency in general surgery at the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, followed by a fellowship in surgical oncology at UCLA. Silberman has been an attending surgeon at Cedars-Sinai for 32 years and is the clinical chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and co-director of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program.

Silberman’s clinical expertise includes a wide range of oncologic areas including diseases of the esophago-gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, liver, breast, skin (melanoma), endocrine organs, and connective tissue malignancies (sarcomas). Due to his ability to treat different types of cancer, previously treated patients occasionally return with a new malignancy seemingly unrelated to the first. As a result, Silberman has cared for almost 1,000 patients with multiple primary malignancies including many patients with three and four different cancers. His current research focuses on trying to understand why some people suffer from multiple cancers, while most never get cancer.

Silberman has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and co-edited the textbook Surgical Oncology: Multidisciplinary Approach to Difficult Problems. The book emphasizes the importance of the multidisciplinary approach to the care of the cancer patient.

A life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, Silberman has received numerous awards for both teaching and patient care, including the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching, and the Tower Foundation Research Foundation Healing Award. In addition, the Dr. Jerry H. Buss Fellowship in Surgical Oncology was endowed in honor of Silberman.

Silberman lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

 Watch Allan's acceptance speech here.


Past Recipients:

More information on past Eberly College of Science recipients:
Andrew Santacroce (Nominated by Penn State Abington)

F. Alan Andersen (Nominated by the Graduate School)
Robert G. Faris (Nominated by Liberal Arts)
Ronald L. Mallett (Nominated by Altoona)
Gail Folena-Wasserman

For a list past recipients prior to 2007, and an explanation of how you can nominate a Penn State alumnus/a for this title, please visit the Alumni Association's Alumni Fellow Awards page.

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