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Kenneth Silver, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology

A pediatric neurologist, Kenneth Silver, MD, specializes in neuromuscular disorders, cerebral palsy, neurogenetic disorders, movement disorders, headaches and epilepsy.

Dr. Silver is also an active researcher. Recent research includes investigations on alternating hemiplegia of childhood.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
Comer Children's Hospital
5721 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Neurology, with a special competency in pediatric neurology

Medical School

University of Saskatchewan

Residency and Fellowship

Children's Health Science Center, Winnipeg, Canada
Montreal Children's Hospital
Montreal Neurological Institute


Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation
American Academy of Neurology
American Headache Society
Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Languages Spoken




Office Phone

(773) 702-6487

Office Fax

(773) 702-4786

Office Postal Address
Kenneth Silver, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3055
Chicago, IL 60637

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Learn More About Dr. Silver

When Katie Reasoner arrived at Comer Children's Hospital, she could barely blink her eyes against gravity. Dr. Silver was part of a care team that diagnosed Katie's frightening illness as Guillain-Barré syndrome and created an aggressive treatment plan that contributed to her miraculous recovery. Read Katie's story.

Selected Publications

Swoboda KJ, Kanavakis E, Xaidara A, Johnson JE, Leppert MF, Schlesinger-Massart MB, Ptacek LJ, Silver K, Youroukos S. Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood or Familial Hemiplegic Migraine? A Novel ATP1A2 Mutation. Annals of Neurology; 2004 55(6): 884-887.

MacLeod H. Pytel P, Wolllmann R, Chelmicka-Schorr E, Silver K, Anderson RB, Waggoner D, McNally E. A Novel Mutation in Congenital muscular Dystrophy disrupts the Dystrophin Glycoprotein Complex Neuromuscular Disorder; 2007; 17(4): 285-289.

Jansen A, Cao H, Kaplan P, Silver K., Leonard G, Veilleux, M, DeMeirleir, L., Lissens, W., Liebaer, I., Andermann, F., Hegele, R.A., Andermann, E. Sanfilippo syndrome type D: Natural history and identification of 3 novel mutations in the GNS Gene. Archives of Neurology 2007, 64(11): 1629-34

Elkay M., Silver,K, Evaluation of Infantile Dystonia. British Medical Journal Point of Care/Epocrates online, June 2008

Sweney MT. Silver K. Gerard-Blanluet M. Pedespan JM. Renault F. Arzimanoglou A. Schlesinger-Massart M. Lewelt AJ. Reyna SP. Swoboda KJ. Alternating hemiplegia of childhood: early characteristics and evolution of a neurodevelopmental syndrome e-Pediatrics 2009; 123(3):e534-41

Elkay M., Silver,K ,Penn RD, Dalvi A, Dystonic storm due to Batten’s disease treated with pallidotomy and deep brain stimulation,MovementDisorders,2009;24

Silver K, Andermann F. Alternating hemiplagia in childhood: A study of 10 patients and results of flunarizine treatment. Neurology 43(1): 36-41, Jan 1993.

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