Dr. Richard M. Silver serves as Director of the Division of Rheumatology & Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Silver completed training in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He trained in Pediatric Rheumatology with Dr. Barbara Ansell at London’s Northwick Park Hospital followed by training in Adult Rheumatology with Dr. Nathan Zvaifler at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Silver joined the MUSC faculty in 1981, where currently Dr. Silver is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. In 2007, MUSC’s Board of Trustees named him a "Master Teacher" and bestowed the University’s highest academic recognition, "Distinguished University Professor". He was named the 2007 "Doctor of the Year" by the Scleroderma Foundation. Dr. Silver’s research interests include the pathogenesis and treatment of scleroderma interstitial lung disease and environmental exposures and the risk of systemic sclerosis.