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Daniel Silbergeld, M.D.

UW Medicine


Dr. Daniel Silbergeld received a B.S. in psychology from Duke University, then spent a year doing research studying the effects of heavy metals on the brain at the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston, Texas. From there, he earned his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati, followed by a neurosurgical residency at the University of Washington. During residency, he became interested in glioma cell motility and invasion. After two fellowships, in epilepsy surgery and neuro-oncology, he joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis, where he ran an NIH-funded laboratory investigating glioma invasion. Five years later, he returned to the University of Washington, and in 2005 received the honor of being named the Arthur A. Ward Professor of Neurological Surgery, a position he still holds.  Board certified in neurological surgery, his primary clinical focus is primary and metastatic brain tumor. He participates in clinical research activities with the Alvord Brain Tumor Center, is an associate staff member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and works in an advisory capacity for a number of glioma laboratories at the University of Washington.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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