Débora H. Silva Díaz, MD, FAAP, M.Ed.

Interim Dean for Academic Affairs

Phone: (787) 753-4978

Email: debora.silva@upr.edu

Brief Biography:

Debora H. Silva Diaz MD, FAAP, M.Ed. is the Interim Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. She is also a Professor of Pediatric Hospital Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the UPR MSC School of Medicine and double certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Dr. Silva completed a BA on Clinical Psychology at Tufts University, an MD and General Pediatrics Residency Program at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, a fellowship in Primary Care Faculty Development at Michigan State University, and a Master’s in Education at the University of Cincinnati.


As a medical educator with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Silva has served in multiple academic leadership roles within the School of Medicine including Chief Resident of the Department of Pediatrics Residency Program, Introduction to Clinical Skills Course Director, Integration Seminar II Course Director, Ethics III Course Director, Clinical Skills Program Director, Curriculum Office Director, Faculty Development Program Director, General Pediatrics Section Chief, Office of Accreditation Director, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She has also served in multiple committees at the department, school, and campus level and has chaired key institutional committees including the School of Medicines’ Curriculum Committee, Promotions II Committee, Learning Environment Committee, and the Continuous Assessment Process Task Force. Dr. Silva led the School of Medicine to a successful LCME reaccreditation visit in 2017 for which the school was granted 8 years of accreditation. She has served as part of LCME Site Visit Teams since 2014 and has also served as the Association of American Medical Colleges representative and member of the Board of Directors of the Panamerican Federation of Associations of Medical Schools since 2016.


As an educator, Dr. Silva teaches students and residents knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to professionalism, ethics, clinical diagnosing, clinical and communication skills, and pediatric hospital medicine. She also provides faculty development in the areas of teaching skills, teaching clinical reasoning and clinical diagnosing, curriculum development, curriculum revision, instructional design, and curricular integration among others. She has developed and revised curricula in clinical skills teaching and assessment for standardized patients, faculty development, clinical and communication skills, ethics and professionalism, and cultural competency and health disparities. In her role as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs she led the curricular integration reform plan of the School of Medicine. Dr. Silva has served as a curricular and accreditation consultant locally and internationally. She has served as a mentor to students, residents, and faculty.


Dr. Silva has received multiple awards and recognitions including being a member of  Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (1997), the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award (2008), UPR School of Medicine Faculty Award in 2005 and 2018 by medical students and in 2012 and 2013 by Pediatric Residents, Outstanding Alumni Award of the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (2016), Heart of Gold Recognition by the Gold Humanism Honor Society of the UPR School of Medicine (2018), and recognition by the American Academy of Pediatrics Puerto Rico Chapter for her dedication to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane María (2018). Dr. Silva’s mission has always been to improve the health of Puerto Rican patients through the improvement of medical education in Puerto Rico and mainland US. (https://www.mededportal.org/doi/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10984).