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Benjamin C. Silverman, MD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Instructor in Psychiatry, Part-Time


Benjamin C. Silverman, MD, is the senior IRB chair at Mass General Brigham. He is additionally director of ethics for the McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry, chair of the Mass General Brigham Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight (ESCRO) Committee, and at Harvard Medical School, he serves as an instructor in psychiatry, part-time, and a faculty member in the Center for Bioethics.

Dr. Silverman’s academic interests center on research ethics, in particular pertaining to research conducted with vulnerable populations. His recent work has focused on the ethics of digital phenotyping research, including examining how to adequately consent participants for this type of research, how and when to return complex algorithmic-based research results to participants, and investigating issues of equity, justice, and bias.

Education & Training

  • 2002 BA in History of Science, Medicine, Technology, and Biology, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2006 MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • 2006-2010 Residency in Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital
  • 2009-2010 Medical Ethics Fellowship, Harvard Medical School
  • 2010-2011 Partners HealthCare Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Board Certifications:
  • 2008 Medical License, Board of Registration in Medicine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 2011 Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • 2012 Addiction Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Phone: 857.282.1919
Office Address: Mass General Brigham - 399 Revolution Drive, Somerville, MA