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Dr. Julie Silver is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for Strategic Initiatives at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is recognized nationally and internationally as an innovator, academician, teacher, award-winning author and highly successful businesswoman. As a speaker, Dr. Silver blends inspiration with unique strategies to help others become successful—whether it’s in caregiving, healing, business or other aspects of their lives.

In her 30’s Dr. Silver was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL Award) by the Boston Chamber of Commerce, and just a few weeks later she was diagnosed with cancer. This led her on a difficult but valuable journey, and she went on to found Oncology Rehab Partners LLC, a healthcare company dedicated to helping hospitals and cancer centers develop and implement cancer rehabilitation services through the STAR Program Certification. Bloomberg/Businessweek recognized Oncology Rehab Partners as one of the 12 most promising social entrepreneurial companies in 2012. That same year, Dr. Silver and her business partner were recognized with the prestigious national women’s business leadership Stevie Awards for the “Most Innovative Company” and also for “Company of the Year”. Today, hundreds of hospitals and cancer centers throughout the United States have adopted the STAR Program, and recently the largest healthcare company in the U.S. took a major stake in her company—providing incredible support for her innovative work in oncology.

The Boston Globe recognized Dr. Silver’s important contributions to healthcare and society and awarded her the Top Innovator in Medicine. The Discovery Channel featured her work and the STAR Program in the show Innovations. She has been a guest on the Today Show, the CBS Early Show and Dr. Oz. her work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the London Times and NPR.

Each year hundreds of healthcare professionals from all corners of the nation come to Boston to attend the continuing education courses that she directs at Harvard Medical School titled “Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare “ and “Writing, Publishing and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals”. Her courses are among the highest-rated at Harvard—a very high bar indeed. One attendee summarized Dr. Silver’s speaking in this way, “At first, I thought Julie was like a big sister or a mom to us, but after this talk, I propose that she is like the best high school teacher you ever had, who teaches you, sends you out into the world, and roots for you to excel. You just can’t wait to come back to the reunion to tell her about your success, your personal journey, and your gratitude.”

Dr. Silver, an award-winning author, has published many books including Before and After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger (Johns Hopkins Press), What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope (American Cancer Society), and Hope and Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey (Chicken Soup for the Soul). Dr. Silver is currently affiliated with three Harvard teaching hospitals–Spaulding Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.

Awards and Honors

What Helped Get Me Through

Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom & Hope

The One Hundred: Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Honoree 2010

National Women’s Business Leadership Stevie Awards—Most Innovative Company & Company of the Year

Boston Globe’s Top Innovator in Medicine