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Andrea Silber, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine (Medical Oncology)

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Andrea Silber, MD

Patient Care Locations

Mailing Addresses

  • Medical Oncology

    The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital, 20 York Street

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8028

    United States

  • Yale University

    300 George Street, Suite 120

    New Haven, CT, 06511

    United States

Andrea Silber
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Appointments

Biography

Dr. Silber is the Assistant Clinical Director for Health Equity and Diversity at the Yale Cancer Center. As a medical oncologist who serves as the Medical Director and Physician Champion of the Centers for Disease Control/Connecticut Department of Public Health's 5-year provider supported grant at Yale-New Haven Hospital entitled, The Connecticut Cancer Screening Program (CCSP), she designed the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Outreach and Support Program for Underserved Women, which is a culturally competent program supported by the Breast Cancer Alliance of Greenwich. She has supervised Community Health Educators dating back to 1996, when she received a national Komen award for the Sister to Sister Program, and has been recognized for expertise in breast cancer among African American women. She has directed a cancer clinic for the uninsured and underinsured for two decades and have formed community relationships, which require many years to nurture and demonstrate constancy. This year, she became the principal investigator of the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program: Identify-Amplify-Unify. This program assists organizations that provide information and services to help patients in navigating the medical and emotional challenges associated with their disease. Dr. Silber was awarded this grant from a highly competitive pool of 23 non-profit organizations nationally. Also, this year, CT Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) awarded a grant to fund a novel program called “Breast Cancer S.W.A.T. Team- We’ve got your back!”. 

As a principal investigator, she assists economically disadvantaged breast cancer patients to adhere to treatment using medical legal partnership. This year, she was selected to participate as a leadership fellow of the Connecticut Health Foundation. The fellowship was established in 2005, and brings together diverse individuals from multiple sectors who are dedicated to achieving health equity. Each year, the foundation selects up to 20 participants into this competitive ten-month program. Throughout this program, her project has been to increase clinical trial participation among ethnic minorities and capitalize on opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act.  

On May 1, 2015, she was named Assistant Clinical Director for Diversity and Health Equity at Yale Cancer Center and focuses on engagement with community partners in improving education for prevention and screening and access to cancer care for diverse populations within the local community as well as Greater New Haven area. 

Education & Training

  • MD
    New York University (1981)
  • BA
    Oberlin College (1977)
  • Fellowship
    Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Chief Resident
    Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Attending Physcian
    Yale New Haven Hosptial
  • Residency
    Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Intern
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1984)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (1991, recertified: 2012)

Activities

  • Biological Differences Between Triple Negative Breast Cancer in African American and Non-African American Women and Potential Immunotherapy Opportunities to Improve Treatment Outcome
    Washington, United States 2018
  • Heart to Breast Health: A Special Session for Women
    New Haven, United States 2017
  • Breast Cancer Question and Answer Session
    New Haven, United States 2017
  • Yale Affiliated Hospitals Program Medical Oncology Grand Rrounds
    Greenwich, United States 2017
  • An Evening Symposium on Breast Cancer
    Hartford, United States 2017
  • Breast Cancer Screening, Treatment Prevention and Clinical Trials
    New Haven, United States 2016
  • Breast Cancer Screening in Underserved Populations
    Waterbury, United States 2016
  • Changing the Ratio: Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Cancer Clinical Trials in New Haven CT
    Birmingham, United States 2015
  • Breast Cancer Support
    Hamden, United States 2011
  • Public Health Lecture Series, Breast Cancer
    New Haven, United States 2011
  • The Clnical & Public Health Implications of HSV Genital Infections during Adjuvant Chemotherary for Breast Cancer
    Washington, United States 2010

Honors & Recognition

AwardDate
Connecticut Cancer Partnership 2016 Cancer Champion Award2019
Yale Cancer Center Award for Excellence in Clinical Care2019
Women in Strength Award, Get in Touch Foundation2010
Physician of the Year, Business New Haven2009
Lane Adams Quality of Life Award2007
Cover Girls Women at the Their Best Award1998
Fellowship in Philosophy and Medicine1981
National Health Service Corps Scholarship1978
Magna Cum Laude, Oberlin College1977

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
National Association of Negro Business and Professional WomanLecturer2019 - Present
New Haven Community Steering CommitteeYale Cancer Center Initiatives to improve cancer outcomes for minorities, Birchwood's Woodbridge CT2019 - Present
Africian American Women's Union SummitOwnIt (Oncologists Welcome New Haven Into Trials ) Presentation at Beecher School2018 - Present
Sisters JourneyTriple Negative Breast Cancer Discussion at Beecher School2018 - Present
Breast Cancer Panel Discussion, Health Initiative Day, New Haven, CTLecturer2017 - Present
Latin Lean Cancer Survivors, Contributions to a healthy diet, New Haven, CTLecturer2017 - Present
The Community FoundationLocal Women Leading Change: "Those Closest to the Challenge are Closest to the Solution", New Haven, CT2017 - Present
Sisters Journey"New Advancements in Treatment for Triple Negative Women", St Luke Church, New Haven, CT2017 - Present
Connecticut Health FoundationLeadership Fellow2015 - Present
Connecticut Cancer PartnerHealth Care Disparities Resource Team2010 - Present
American Cancer SocietyNew England Division2008 - 2014
Connecticut Cancer PartnershipExecutive Board Member, State of CT2008 - Present
Connecticut MedicineEditorial Board Member2005 - Present
Connecticut Medicine - OncologyReviewer2005 - Present

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