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A Message from Dean Jeffrey S. Akman about the Passing of Carlos Silva, MD '60, RESD '66

Dear Colleagues,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you news that our dear friend, alumnus, and colleague, Carlos Silva, MD ’60, RESD ’66, passed away on Oct. 13, 2019. 

Carlos was a graduate of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ MD class of 1960 and completed his residency at GW. After his residency and internship, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, and was a general surgeon specializing in burn and trauma surgery for more than 40 years, in private practice. He was appointed to the faculty in 1967 as a clinical professor of surgery, and was promoted to the position of professor of surgery in 2004, a title he held until his retirement in 2008. 

During his time at GW, Carlos also served as Medical Director at GW Hospital for several years, and was a member of the senior management team responsible for the medical staff, surgical services, physician recruitment, physician/nurse liaison, and clinical chairs. 

Carlos was active in the DC Medical Society, serving as its president in 1987, and he was a 25-year Medical Society Board Member. He received the society’s Distinguished Service Award and Certificate of Meritorious Service Award. He was also a Delegate to the American Medical Association for more than 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Maria; daughter, Cristina (Fran) Silva Muracca; son, Carlos Jr. (Elizabeth); four grandchildren, Sabrina Silva, Gabriella Silva, Christopher Muracca, and Alexandra Muracca.
The services were held earlier this week at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral or to The George Washington University School of Medicine in Health Sciences Discovery Fund, in lieu of flowers.

Carlos was a friend and colleague to many, and will truly be missed. 

Warmest regards,
Jeffrey S. Akman, MD
Vice President for Health Affairs
Dean, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences