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Hugh J Silk MD

InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
AddressReliant Medical Group
630 Plantation Street
Worcester MA 01607
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health

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    Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United StatesBAGovernment
    Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, United StatesMPHPublic Health
    McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, CanadaMDMedicine

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    2006-2010 Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

    1998-2001 Residency:University of Massachusetts Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program, Worcester, MA

    1994-1998 MD, McMaster University Medical School, Hamilton, ON (Canada)

    1987-1991 BA in Government (Cum Laude) Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

    1983-1987 Second School Diploma, Ridley College, St. Catherines, ON (Canada)



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    American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)/Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians

    AAFP Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Instructor

    Society of Teachers in Family Medicine

    Committees: Working Group on Oral Health; Humanities in Medicine

    American Public Health Association/American Association of Public Health Dentistry

    American Medical Association/Massachusetts Medical Society/Worcester District Medical Society

    Reviewer:Academic Medicine

    Journal of Family Medicine

    Journal of Women's Health

    Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine

    Journal of Public Health Dentistry

    Journal of Pediatrics

    BMC (Biomedical Central) Public Health

    Scholarly Activity


    Humanities in Medicine Series, Home Visit Curriculum, Senior Project Mentoring, Oral Health Lecture Series

    Oral Health Spiral Curriculum (including Oral Health Interclerkship, Community Health Clerkship, Oral Health elective, Oral Health Interest Group), Health Policy Interclerkship, Disabilities Interclerkship, Longitudinal Preceptor Program, Faculty Advisor/Specialty Mentor, Senior Scholar Research Advisor

    Committees: National

    2011: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Oral Health in Medicine Study Committee

    2009 to present: American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC)

    2009 to present: National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health, Advisory Committee

    Committees: State

    2010 to present: Massachusetts Dental Society, Council on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR)

    2009 to present: Massachusetts Early Childhood Oral Health Consortium

    2007 to present: Massachusetts Oral Health Advocacy Task Force Steering Committee

    2006 to present: Worcester District Medical Society (WDMS) Public Health Committee

    National/International Meetings- Poster Presentations|

    Silk H, Savageau J, Ferullo A. A National Survey of Oral Health Education in US Medical and Osteopathic Schools. National Oral Health Conference (NOHC). Pittsburgh, PA.

    Savageau J, Silk H, Ferullo A.A National Survey of Oral Health Education in US Medical and Osteopathic Schools. American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting. Denver, CO.

    Silk H, Bibace R, Lawrence A. Sharing Our Stories: Our Department Weekly List-serve of Success Stories. Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, Canada.



    Silk H Practical Pointers: A Review of Systems that Covers all of the Bases. Consultant 2011;51(2):80.

    Silk H. Letter to Editor. The Family Practice Pledge. Family Medicine 2011;43(2):126-127.

    Ferullo A, Silk H, Savageau J. Teaching Oral Health Education in U.S. Medical and Osteopathic Schools: Results of a National Survey. Academic Medicine 2011;86(2):226 - 230.

    Silk H, Gusha J, Adler B, Sachs Leicher E, Finison LJ, Huppert ME, Stille S, Yost YB. Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI): A Successful Public-Private Community Health Collaboration. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2010;70(4):308-312.

    Silk H. Preventing Toothache in Primary Care. Viewpoint to Toothache in US Children Lewis C, Stout J. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164:1059-1063. Medscape Dentistry and Oral Health (www.medscape.com) 12/2010.





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    1. Ahern J, Pleman B, O'Connor N, Silk H. Uptake of a Multilingual Intervention to Promote Toothbrushing in a Safety-Net Health Care System. Ann Fam Med. 2024 Mar-Apr; 22(2):173. PMID: 38527824.
    2. Panda A, Silk H, Hayes C, Savageau JA. An Assessment of Oral Health Training in Obstetrical Care in Massachusetts. Matern Child Health J. 2024 Feb 17. PMID: 38367150.
    3. Silk H. Friendship as Medicine. J Am Board Fam Med. 2024 Jan 05; 36(6):1020-1022. PMID: 37907350.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Pepin MD, Joseph JK, Chapman BP, McAuliffe C, O'Donnell LK, Marano RL, Carreiro SP, Garcia EJ, Silk H, Babu KM. A mobile addiction service for community-based overdose prevention. Front Public Health. 2023; 11:1154813. PMID: 37538275.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Silk H. Letter to Your Grave. Fam Med. 2023 09; 55(8):561-562. PMID: 37441759.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    6. Ticku S, Savageau JA, Riedy CA, Harvan RA, Silk H. 100 Million Mouths Campaign: Creating a Pilot Program to Advance Oral Health Equity. Ann Fam Med. 2023 02; 21(Suppl 2):S86-S91. PMID: 36849476.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Romano J, Silk H. Why Are Family Doctors Still Not Addressing Oral Health? Ann Fam Med. 2023 02; 21(Suppl 2):S103-S105. PMID: 36849485.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Cardenas K, Weilnau T, Aguilar C, Ali A, Eidelman A, Ponnala S, Russel T, Schwanderla J, Sievers K, Wu H, Silk H, Hunt LS, Barrow J, Riedy CA, Phillips RS. Partnering for Integrated Care: A Learning Collaborative for Primary Care and Oral Health Teams. Ann Fam Med. 2023 02; 21(Suppl 2):S22-S30. PMID: 36849470.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Jiang T, Savageau JA, Russinof H, Riedy CA, Silk H. Evaluation of the Oral Health Knowledge Network's Impact on Pediatric Clinicians and Patient Care. Ann Fam Med. 2023 02; 21(Suppl 2):S39-S48. PMID: 36849481.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Gill SA, Quinonez RB, Deutchman M, Conklin CE, Rizzolo D, Rabago D, Haidet P, Silk H. Integrating Oral Health into Health Professions School Curricula. Med Educ Online. 2022 Dec; 27(1):2090308. PMID: 35733361.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Knox JD, Silk H. Diary of a Family Physician. Am Fam Physician. 2022 Dec; 106(6):711. PMID: 36521474.
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    12. Yang C, Huang SS, Moore Simas TA, Silk H, Savageau JA, Russell SL. The MOHIP-14PW (Modified Oral Health Impact Profile 14-Item Version for Pregnant Women): A Real-World Study of Its Psychometric Properties and Relationship with Patient-Reported Oral Health. Healthcare (Basel). 2022 Mar 01; 10(3). PMID: 35326939.
    13. Haber J, Dolce MC, Hartnett E, Altman S, Silk H. Improving Oral Health During Pregnancy: A Call to Action. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2022 03; 67(2):166-169. PMID: 35390222.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Feierabend-Peters J, Silk H. Why Should Primary Care Clinicians Learn to Routinely Examine the Mouth? AMA J Ethics. 2022 01 01; 24(1):E19-26. PMID: 35133724.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Savageau JA, Sullivan K, Hargraves JL, Silk H. Oral health curriculum evaluation tool (OHCET) for primary care training programs. J Dent Educ. 2021 Nov; 85(11):1710-1717. PMID: 34312837.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    
    16. Silk H. Oral and Dental Injury Prevention in Children and Adolescents. Am Fam Physician. 2021 03 15; 103(6):328. PMID: 33719383.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Ahern J, Simon L, Barrow J, Silk H. Building bridges with dentistry: NICE guideline supports collaborative practice between GPs and dentists. Br J Gen Pract. 2020 09; 70(698):461. PMID: 32855144.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Silk H. Oral Health Care Is an Important Issue for Military Veterans. Am Fam Physician. 2020 04 15; 101(8):452. PMID: 32293853.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Ticku S, Savageau JA, Harvan RA, Silk H, Isong I, Glicken AD, Dolce MC, Riedy CA. Primary Care and Oral Health Integration: Comparing Training Across Disciplines. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2020; 31(4S):344-359. PMID: 35061629.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    
    20. Bannon AL, Silk HJ. Engaging a state medical society in oral health: a community action report. J Public Health Dent. 2019 12; 79(4):320-323. PMID: 31392729.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Savageau JA, Sullivan KM, Sawosik G, Sullivan E, Silk H. Status of Oral Health Training in U.S. Primary Care Programs: A Qualitative Study to Define Characteristics and Outcomes. J Dent Educ. 2019 Aug; 83(8):865-877. PMID: 31371427.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Glicken AD, Savageau JA, Flick TA, Lord CB, Harvan RA, Silk H. Integrating Oral Health: Physician Assistant Education in 2017. J Physician Assist Educ. 2019 Jun; 30(2):93-100. PMID: 31124806.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Haber J, Dolce MC, Hartnett E, Savageau JA, Altman S, Lange-Kessler J, Silk H. Integrating Oral Health Curricula into Midwifery Graduate Programs: Results of a US Survey. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2019 Jul; 64(4):462-471. PMID: 31034757.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Dalal M, Savageau JA, Silk H, Isong I. Oral Health Training in Pediatric Residency Programs: Pediatric Program Directors' Perspectives. J Dent Educ. 2019 Jun; 83(6):630-637. PMID: 30804170.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Thompson L, Jiang T, Savageau JA, Silk H, Riedy CA. An Assessment of Oral Health Training Among Geriatric Fellowship Programs: A National Survey. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 05; 67(5):1079-1084. PMID: 30693943.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Simon L, Silk H, Savageau J, Sullivan K, Riedy C. Oral Health Training in Osteopathic Medical Schools: Results of a National Survey. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2018 Jul 01; 118(7):463-471. PMID: 29946664.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Silk H, Savageau JA, Sullivan K, Sawosik G, Wang M. An Update of Oral Health Curricula in US Family Medicine Residency Programs. Fam Med. 2018 06; 50(6):437-443. PMID: 29933443.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Silk H. Discuss Oral Health with All Women of Child-Bearing Age. Am Fam Physician. 2018 01 01; 97(1):7. PMID: 29365246.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Silk H. The Expanding Dental Workforce: The Impact of Nondental Providers. Dent Clin North Am. 2018 04; 62(2):195-206. PMID: 29478453.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Silk H. The Future of Oral Health Care Provided by Physicians and Allied Professionals. J Dent Educ. 2017 Aug; 81(8):eS171-eS179. PMID: 28765469.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Silk H, Sachs Leicher E, Alvarado V, Cote E, Cote S. A multi-state initiative to implement pediatric oral health in primary care practice and clinical education. J Public Health Dent. 2018 12; 78(1):25-31. PMID: 28590563.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Clark M, Quinonez R, Bowser J, Silk H. Curriculum influence on interdisciplinary oral health education and practice. J Public Health Dent. 2017 Jun; 77(3):272-282. PMID: 28369904.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    33. Silk H, Kwok A. Addressing Adolescent Oral Health: A Review. Pediatr Rev. 2017 Feb; 38(2):61-68. PMID: 28148703.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Silk H. Listening for Grace. Fam Med. 2016 Oct; 48(9):734-735. PMID: 27740676.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Silk H. Spring Chicken: Staying Young Forever (Or Die Trying). Fam Med. 2016 Jun; 48(6):485-6. PMID: 27272429.
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    36. Veno M, Silk H, Savageau JA, Sullivan KM. Evaluating One Strategy for Including Reflection in Medical Education and Practice. Fam Med. 2016 Apr; 48(4):300-4. PMID: 27057609.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Silk H, McCallum W. Fluoride: The Family Physician's Role. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Aug 01; 92(3):174-9. PMID: 26280136.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. Silk H. Emphasizing Oral Health Care in Children with Down Syndrome. Am Fam Physician. 2015 Jul 01; 92(1):8. PMID: 26132119.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. Silk H, Deutchman M. Offering oral health services in your office. Fam Pract Manag. 2014 Jul-Aug; 21(4):21-4. PMID: 25078008.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Silk H. Letters on preconception counseling and care. Am Fam Physician. 2014 Jun 01; 89(11):847. PMID: 25077382.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Silk H. Diseases of the mouth. Prim Care. 2014 Mar; 41(1):75-90. PMID: 24439882.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. Silk H. Never asking patients for money. Fam Med. 2014 Feb; 46(2):141. PMID: 24573528.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    43. Curtis M, Silk HJ, Savageau JA. Prenatal oral health education in U.S. dental schools and obstetrics and gynecology residencies. J Dent Educ. 2013 Nov; 77(11):1461-8. PMID: 24192411.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    44. Silk H, King R, Bennett IM, Chessman AW, Savageau JA. Assessing oral health curriculum in US family medicine residency programs: a CERA study. Fam Med. 2012 Nov-Dec; 44(10):719-22. PMID: 23148005.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    45. Silk H. Medical education and geriatric oral health. Am J Public Health. 2012 Sep; 102(9):e3; author reply e3-4. PMID: 22742064.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    46. Silk H. The role of the pediatric medical provider. J Mass Dent Soc. 2012; 61(3):37. PMID: 23311044.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    47. Silk H. Fluoride is an essential element of childhood oral health. Am Fam Physician. 2011 Nov 01; 84(9):968. PMID: 22046932.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    48. Isong IA, Silk H, Rao SR, Perrin JM, Savageau JA, Donelan K. Provision of fluoride varnish to Medicaid-enrolled children by physicians: the Massachusetts experience. Health Serv Res. 2011 Dec; 46(6pt1):1843-62. PMID: 21762142.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    49. Ferullo A, Silk H, Savageau JA. Teaching oral health in U.S. medical schools: results of a national survey. Acad Med. 2011 Feb; 86(2):226-30. PMID: 21169775.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    50. Silk H. The family practice pledge. Fam Med. 2011 Feb; 43(2):126-7; author reply 127. PMID: 21305432.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    51. Silk H. Making oral health a priority in your preventive pediatric visits. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2010 Feb; 49(2):103-9. PMID: 20080516.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    52. Silk H, Gusha J, Adler B, Leicher ES, Finison LJ, Huppert ME, Stille S, Yost JB. The Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative (CMOHI): a successful public-private community health collaboration. J Public Health Dent. 2010; 70(4):308-12. PMID: 20663048.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    53. Silk H, O'Grady Stille S, Baldor R, Joseph E. Implementation of STFM's "Smiles for Life" oral health curriculum in a medical school interclerkship. Fam Med. 2009 Jul-Aug; 41(7):487-91. PMID: 19582633.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    54. Silk H, Weber CM, Dubreuil M. Enhancing the hospice curriculum within the family medicine clerkship. Fam Med. 2009 Apr; 41(4):240-2. PMID: 19343550.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    55. Douglass AB, Deutchman M, Douglass J, Gonsalves W, Maier R, Silk H, Tysinger J, Wrightson AS. Incorporation of a national oral health curriculum into family medicine residency programs. Fam Med. 2009 Mar; 41(3):159-60. PMID: 19259833.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    56. Wheelock C, Savageau JA, Silk H, Lee S. Improving the health of diabetic patients through resident-initiated group visits. Fam Med. 2009 Feb; 41(2):116-9. PMID: 19184689.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    57. Silk H. Teaching learners about pediatric caries prevention. Fam Med. 2009 Jan; 41(1):11-2. PMID: 19132564.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    58. Silk H. Responses to abortion training. Fam Med. 2008 May; 40(5):311. PMID: 18465274.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    59. Silk H, Douglass AB, Douglass JM, Silk L. Oral health during pregnancy. Am Fam Physician. 2008 Apr 15; 77(8):1139-44. PMID: 18481562.
      Citations: 77     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    60. Weber CM, Silk H. Movies and medicine: an elective using film to reflect on the patient, family, and illness. Fam Med. 2007 May; 39(5):317-9. PMID: 17476603.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    61. Silk H. Teaching learners to care for children with special needs. Fam Med. 2007 May; 39(5):310; author reply 310-1. PMID: 17476599.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    62. Silk H, Thiede S, Trojian T. Counseling about vitamin D supplementation for infants: results of a survey of pediatric and family medicine physicians in Connecticut. Conn Med. 2007 Mar; 71(3):133-7. PMID: 17405394.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    63. Douglass AB, Gonsalves W, Maier R, Silk H, Stevens N, Tysinger J, Wrightson AS. Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum for Family Medicine. A model for curriculum development by STFM groups. Fam Med. 2007 Feb; 39(2):88-90. PMID: 17273948.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    64. Silk H, Agresta T, Weber CM. A new way to integrate clinically relevant technology into small-group teaching. Acad Med. 2006 Mar; 81(3):239-44. PMID: 16501264.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    65. Douglass JM, Douglass AB, Silk HJ. Infant oral health education for pediatric and family practice residents. Pediatr Dent. 2005 Jul-Aug; 27(4):284-91. PMID: 16317967.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    66. Douglass JM, Douglass AB, Silk HJ. A practical guide to infant oral health. Am Fam Physician. 2004 Dec 01; 70(11):2113-20. PMID: 15606059.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    67. Tinkelman D, Smith F, Cole WQ, Silk HJ. Compliance with an allergen immunotherapy regime. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 1995 Mar; 74(3):241-6. PMID: 7889380.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    68. Silk H, Geha RS. Asthma, recurrent infections and IgG2 deficiency. Ann Allergy. 1988 Feb; 60(2):98, 134-6. PMID: 3341617.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
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