Heidi J. Silver, Ph.D., R.D., C.N.S.D.

Research Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Silver joined the VCHN team in fall 2003. She was a Research Assistant Professor at Florida International University’s Center on Nutrition and Aging following completion of her doctoral degree. Dr. Silver’s prior research has targeted nutrition support, food, and fluid intake issues of older adults after hospital discharge in home and community settings and family caregiving. She has convened two national issue panels on implementing the Dietary Reference Intakes in Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs. She has also provided public testimonies to the US Department of Health and Human Services for the expansion of Medical Nutrition Therapy benefits to older adults in post-acute care settings. She serves as President-Elect for the Aging Research Interest Section of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Silver has extensive clinical expertise in the provision of parenteral and enteral nutrition support, especially in the areas of trauma; critical care; short bowel syndrome, intestinal failure and intestinal transplant; malabsorption; eating disorders; oncology; and pre-gestational diabetes. 

Nutrition and Diet Assessment Center


Dr. Silver received her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Nutrition in 2001 and her M.S. in Nutrition in 1991 from Florida International University. Dr. Silver received her B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst in 1977.



Postgraduate Training

Dr. Silver became a Registered Dietitian by the Commission for Dietetic Registration in 1990 and a board certified nutrition support dietitian (CNSD) by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in 1994.

Selected Publications

2009    Silver HJ. Food modification versus oral liquid nutrition supplementation.  Nestle Nutr Workshop Ser Clin Perform Programme. 2009;12:79-93.

2009    Silver HJ, de Campos Graf Guimaraes C, Pedruzzi P, Badia M, Spuldaro de Carvalho A, Oliveira BV, Ramos GH, Dietrich MS, Pietrobon R. Predictors of functional decline in locally advanced head and neck cancer patients from South Brazil. Head Neck. 2010 Jan 6 (epub ahead of print).
2009    Murphy BA, Dietrich MS, Wells N, Dwyer K, Ridner S, Silver HJ, Gilbert J, Chung CH, Cmelak A, Burkey B, Yarborough WG, Sinard R, Netterville J. Reliability and validity of the Vanderbilt Head and Neck Symptom Survey: A tool to assess symptom burden in patients treated with chemoradiation. Head Neck 2010;32(1):26-37.
2008    Silver HJ. Oral Strategies to Supplement Older Adults Dietary Intakes: Comparing the Evidence. Nutr Rev. 2008;67(1):21-31.
2008    Silver HJ, Dietrich MS, Castellanos VH. Increased Energy Density of the Home-Delivered Lunch Meal Improves 24-Hour Nutrient Intakes in Older Adults. J Am Diet Assoc. 2008;108:680-89.
2007    Tanumihardjo SA, Anderson C, Horwitz KM, Bode L, Emenaker NJ, Haqq A, Satia JA, Silver HJ, Stadler D. Poverty, Obesity and Malnutrition: An International Perspective Recognizing the Paradox J Am Diet Assoc. 2007;107:1966-72
2007    Silver HJ, Dietrich M, Murphy BA. Prospective Changes in Body Mass, Energy Balance, Physical Function and Inflammatory State in Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Head & Neck. 2007;29:893-900.
2006    Silver HJ, Torquati A, Jensen GL, Richards WO. Weight, Dietary, and Physical Activity Behaviors of Post Obese Adults Two Years After Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass. Obes Surg. 2006;16:859-864.
2006    Silver HJ, Callahan E, Jensen GL. Nutrition Support of the Adult Cancer Patient. In: Heber, Blackburn, Go, Milner, eds. Nutritional Oncology. 2nd ed. Elsevier, Inc: 2006; 679-693.
2006    Jensen GL, Silver HJ, Roy MA, et al. Obesity is a Risk Factor for Reporting Homebound Status Among Community Dwelling Older Persons. Obes Res. 2006;14(3):509-517.


2009    Silver HJ, Skipper A, Moreland K. Comprehensive Guide to Obtaining Clinical Privileges for Nutrition Order Writing. Helm Publishing, Inc.