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Paul Silverstein

July 11, 1938 — April 19, 2021

Paul Silverstein

Paul Silverstein passed away after a long illness on April 19, 2021. Born and raised in Boston, he graduated from Roxbury Latin School in 1956 and earned his BA in Biology Magna Cum Laude at Harvard College in 1960 and a Phi Beta Kappa key in his junior year. In 1964, he received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, after which he went back to Boston for a five-year Residency at Boston City Hospital. The Vietnam War was raging and Paul was accepted into the Berry Plan that allowed him to finish his General Surgical training in return for a three-year enlistment. He had already developed a passion for the acute and reconstructive phase treatment of burns and was assigned to the Burn Unit at the U.S. Army's Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston. He participated in evacuating burned soldiers from Vietnam and in developing new techniques for their treatment. He attained the rank of Major, received the Army's Meritorious Service Award, and then went on to complete a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Emory University. Paul's desire to stay in a warmer climate led him ultimately to Oklahoma City in 1974 where he joined a plastic surgery practice with Dr W. Edward Dalton, a major proponent for the creation of a burn treatment facility. Paul set out to design and direct a state-of -the-art burn treatment center, which became a reality in 1975 at Baptist Hospital. It enlarged to include huge hyperbaric chambers and facilities to promote wound healing. In 2000, after 25 years of his leadership, the Burn Unit was renamed the Integris Paul Silverstein Burn Center. May 31, 2000 was, by Gubernatorial proclamation, named "Integris Baptist Burn Centers and Dr. Paul Silverstein M.D. Day." Paul stepped down as Director in 2000 but remained actively involved as a consultant until his illness intervened. In 2019 Paul was honored at the Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors Gala as a "surgical innovator for burn victims." His research, publications, awards, testimonials are numerous. He rose to the rank of 1st VP of the American Burn Association and he was nationally and internationally recognized for his work. His philanthropic activities were noteworthy including his stint as Chairman of the Board of the Integris Foundation. He was collector of museum-quality art and sculpture which adorn his home and lawn. Paul also was an accomplished pianist, a professional waterski instructor, scuba diver, boater, and fisherman. He was a Jack Daniels Squire. Paul is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Amalia, his brother, Peter and Linda, his children Steven and Beth, Bruce, Andrea and Dennis, and Deborah and Stefan, and his grandchildren David and Catlin, Rebecca, Laura, Arthur, Oliver, Ilana, Samantha, Maxwell, and Henry.
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