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Meet Dr. Silverman
M.D., F.R.C.S. (C)
Dr. Silverman is a surgical superstar in Ontario and beyond. Since founding the practice in 1999, he’s performed over 8,000 cosmetic surgical procedures and brings all of that experience to the table for each and every surgery. An Ottawa native, he happily returned home to open his practice after completing surgical residencies abroad at prestigious Yale University and Albany Medical College. He is passionate about making patients feel comfortable, confident and understood, and provides personalized and attentive care from consultation to post-op. His attention to detail and dedication to his patients and his craft has set him apart as the premier aesthetic plastic surgeon in the Ottawa region and beyond.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING
“Dr. Silverman is an exceptional surgeon and from initial consultation to the regular follow-up appointments, I was always given the utmost care and attention. He is friendly, caring, and down-to-earth and his results are outstanding. My recovery was a breeze and I am beyond thrilled with my results. Dr. Silverman was attentive to my goals and surpassed my expectations, and I would recommend him without hesitation. Thank you Dr. Silverman and team!”
Medical training & experience
- Doctor of Medicine, University of Toronto
- Internship in Surgery, the Toronto Hospital
- Residency and Chief Residency in Surgery, Yale University, Connecticut
- Residency and Chief Residency in Plastic Surgery, Albany Medical College, New York
- Certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Plastic Surgery
Dr. Silverman holds hospital privileges at the Arnprior Hospital and Almonte General Hospital and regularly performs surgical procedures at both institutions, as well as in his private office. He also holds privileges at The Ottawa Hospital, where he mentors and teaches plastic surgery residents, and serves as a clinical investigator at the University of Ottawa.
Getting to know Dr. Silverman
- Why did you decide to become a plastic surgeon?
Plastic surgery was the most intriguing and exciting of all the surgical subspecialties. My surgical training and background is very broad, with extensive experience in a wide variety of surgical disciplines, and I enjoyed virtually all aspects of surgical care, from general, vascular, thoracic, cardiac and orthopedic surgery.
I love the incredibly varied approach and artistry that is required as a plastic surgeon. No two operations are alike and each patient presents with unique anatomy, desires, and challenges, all requiring creative and innovative surgery. The deep knowledge of anatomy and surgical precision required is also attractive to me.
Most of all, I get to make people happy! The surgeries that I perform are designed to enhance one’s sense of self and comfort, and for me that is very satisfying. It makes my work a pleasure.
- You’ve trained throughout Ontario and abroad in the United States, too. What brought you back to Ottawa?
Ottawa is home! I trained at some of the best facilities in Canada and the U.S., and while I enjoyed living in these different places, my family ties are here. I knew that I wanted to practice and raise my family in Ottawa. I also love to snowboard and I am an avid waterskier, and living in Ottawa gives me the opportunity to enjoy all four seasons with my family.
- What should every potential patient know about your practice?
My patients should understand that when they choose to join my practice, they are creating a bond with both me and my office that is carried through for years to come. I consider my patients to be the heart and soul of my practice, and pledge to provide the finest surgical care that I possibly can. This means that my patients always come first, and my staff and I strive to ensure that all patients are made to feel special and unique, because they are!
- When patients choose your practice, what reasons do they usually cite?
Patients are typically attracted to my practice for multiple reasons, though I believe that my reputation is the most compelling one. My experience and practice volume is unparalleled in the region, and my previous patients speak for themselves.
Most of my patients know of someone close to them, either friend or family, who have had contact and experience with my office, and know that they will receive high quality, courteous care, honesty and excellent results. I am a physician first and an aesthetic surgeon second. As such, my goal is to best meet each patient’s needs — even if that means not offering surgery!
- How do you continue to evolve as a surgeon? How do you incorporate new techniques or research findings in your work with patients?
I continually challenge myself to grow as a surgeon. My procedures evolve constantly, and I frequently set goals for myself where I try to get even better results with specific aspects of my surgery. As plastic surgery is a rapidly growing and changing field, it is absolutely necessary to remain knowledgeable with the latest developments and techniques, and to carefully and critically incorporate new techniques once they have been tested and evaluated fully by our plastic surgery research community.
I am also a faculty member at the University of Ottawa and actively involved in the plastic surgical training program. I am very proud to have developed and to supervise the Ottawa Hospital resident aesthetic surgical clinic, which is staffed by our senior plastic surgical residents in the final stages of their training. I train these same residents in aesthetic surgical procedures, so that they are fully knowledgeable and prepared. This exposure to young surgeons who are actively engaged in their education challenges me to stay current with the latest research and techniques, and I suspect that I learn more from them than they learn from me!
- What makes Dr. Boyd such a strong partner?
She is a sensational surgeon and individual who has already established herself in the plastic surgery world, both locally and nationally. Her caliber of care matches what my patients have come to enjoy and expect. She has undergone additional training in multiple subspecialties and brings an incredible depth of knowledge and experience to my practice. She has been particularly active in peripheral nerve reconstruction and breast reconstruction, which are both rapidly growing and incredibly challenging fields in which to excel, and she is a very active researcher with numerous studies and publications. In addition to being an excellent aesthetic surgeon, she has also distinguished herself in the academic plastic surgical world. Achieving this level of accomplishment represents recognition by our plastic surgical colleagues of her expertise and integrity and is achieved by very few plastic surgeons.
- What are your plans for the future of the practice?
My practice continues to grow, and Dr Boyd and I continue to expand the breadth, precision and safety of surgeries that we offer, such as facial and body fat grafting, Brazilian butt lifts, female genital aesthetic surgery, and reconstruction after substantial weight loss. Furthermore, we plan to further increase convenience and decrease our already short wait times for prospective patients. Our medical aesthetic services including BOTOX®, dermal fillers, lasers and skin care are also expanding, and I plan to add more aestheticians to my practice.
Read what our patients are saying about Dr. Silverman at DrHowardSilvermanReviews.com.