Michael A. Silverstein

Clinical Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)

Dr. Michael Silverstein has held a variety of significant positions in the public and private sectors over a 40-year career in workplace safety and health. He recently retired from his post as the Assistant Director for Industrial Safety and Health in the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries after directing the state's OSHA program for ten years. Dr. Silverstein is currently a private consultant and is on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine as a Clinical Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health.

Dr. Silverstein has also worked for the Washington State Department of Health as State Health Officer and Epidemiologist and spent two years in Washington, D.C. as Director of Policy for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. For 15 years before this he was Assistant Director for Occupational Health and Safety with the United Automobile Workers Union in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Silverstein has practiced family and occupational medicine in Michigan and California. He has degrees from Harvard University, Stanford Medical School and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is board certified as a specialist in occupational medicine.

Dr. Silverstein has been an active member of several professional associations including the American Public Health Association, where he served as the Chairman of the occupational safety and health section, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, where he was a member of the Ethics Committee. He spent two years as the Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH). He has authored numerous scientific research and policy articles, including recent publications on the regulatory process, the aging workforce, the future of OSHA, and asbestos cancer risk assessment. Dr. Silverstein has served on several Institute of Medicine panels, including those addressing the safety and health of older workers, the protection of youth at work, hearing loss prevention and the medicine of extreme environments.

Dr. Silverstein is an active member of the Olympia Mountaineers and in addition to his love of hiking and alpine scrambling he is an avid fan of jazz and opera. He and his wife Barbara have one son, Jeremy, and live in Olympia with their dog, Rhody.

Contact Information

Box: 354695
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98105-
Tel: 206-897-1652
Tel: 360-867-9010

Research Interests

  • Occupational Health and Safety Programs

    Public Health Policy & Politics

    Regulatory and Enforcement Policy and Programs

    Legislative Policy

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration

    Ergonomics and Occupational Diseases

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Teaching interests

Occupational and Environmental Health Policy and Politics


MD, Medicine, Stanford University, 1971
MPH, Medical Care Organization, University of Michigan, 1978
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