OMEGA SILVA
1936 - 2020
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SILVA Omega Cecile Logan Silva, M.D., Died on Thursday, April 2, 2020. She was born in Washington, DC., on December 14, 1936, to Mary Ruth Dickerson and Louis Jasper Logan, and was the oldest of four children. She was educated in the public schools of the District and graduated from Armstrong Technical High School in June,1954. At Howard University, she became a chemistry major intent on going to medical school. In the Summer of 1958, she traveled to Zurich, Switzerland to study with Dr. Valdo Prelog who later received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Omega graduated from Howard in June 1958, Cum laude with honors in chemistry. She began working as a chemist at the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Mental Health. After working at the NIH five years, she was accepted to the College of Medicine at HU and graduated in 1967. Dr. Silva began her graduate medical education in 1967 with the first group of interns in internal medicine at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in D.C. She became a Fellow in Endocrinology in 1970, and started a research career in the VA's laboratory as the first African American woman Research Associate in the Department, advancing to also become the first African American Clinical Investigator doing work on the hormone calcitonin. Dr. Silva and her collaborators were the first to describe the production of calcitonin from small cell carcinoma of the lung in humans in 1974 published in the New England Journal of Medicine. As the Assistant Chief of Endocrinology, she ran the Diabetic Clinic from 1977-1996. She was professor of Oncology at Howard University College of Medicine as well as a Professor Emeritus of Medicine at George Washington University. She retired from the VA in 1996. Dr. Silva was a member of dozens of local and national committees and organizations. She served on six separate advisory groups for the NIH and was a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration's Immunology Section from 1981 to 1989. Dr. Silva also served on the board of directors for the Howard University Medical Alumni Association, the National Association of Veterans Affairs Physicians, the American Medical Women's Association, the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine and the National Research Center for Women and Families. In 1983, she was elected president of the Howard University Medical Alumni, making her the first woman to hold that post. Dr. Silva was elevated to a Mastership by the American College of Physicians in 2003. She was a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Board of Endocrinology and Metabolism and presented scientific papers internationally and wrote and published extensively, mostly on endocrine topics. As a member of the AMWA since 1964, Dr. Silva served in many roles, including President of AMWA from 2000 to 2002. Dr. Silva was honored by the National Center for Women and Families in 2010 with the Foremother Award which recognizes lifetime achievements. She was known as a long-standing advocate for universal health care and a committed supporter of the advancement of women in medicine. She was a designer of clothes, hats and furniture and with her husband's help built a farmhouse Overlook Farm, in Haymarket Virginia, acting as the general contractor. She loved collecting mushroom, horse and giraffe figurines and loved calla lilies. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Harold Bryant Webb, whom she married in 1982, her daughter, Frances Cecile Silva Esq., son-in-law Edward Fitzgerald, her brothers Garland Logan and Kenzel Logan, and a host of relatives and friends. A memorial is planned for a future date.A memorial is planned for a future date.

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Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 5, 2020.
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April 29, 2020
Frances, my thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your lovely Mom. May God give you His peace during this difficult time.
Capri McClendon
April 27, 2020
So Sorry to here about the loss of your mother. She accomplished a lot in her life time. Renee Silva Harley
April 17, 2020
Throughout these many years, we have so appreciated Omega keeping up with her medical school classmates and notifying us of ongoing
events. We will very much miss her. She has been an inspiration.
Audrey Reid
April 15, 2020
My heart is heavy today. We've lost our dear friend and special, very special, classmate and leader. Thanks Omega. RIP.
Constance Holt, M. D. HUCM '67
April 9, 2020
Dr. Omega Silva, I don't think you know just how much your sterling career as a clinician and your role in the Howard University Medical Alumni Association set the bar so high for all phyicians, but especially for female physicians. Your exemplary career and selfless service to your patient community and to the many of us who emulate your path of service is legend. Thank you for all you have done to better our medical community.

Peace thru eternity,
Kathleen Gordon, M.D.
April 8, 2020
my deepest condolences to your family and dearest friends. For the five years of knowing Dr. Silva, it was great pleasure to have know such a wonderful women. Her inspiration and care towards me and other people we shared in common was special to me. GOD bless Dr. Silva in Jesus name. AMEN
Patricia Skinner
April 8, 2020
Condolences to the family.
Cynthia Coep
April 7, 2020
My deepest condolences to your family. I will always remember your warm and generous spirit with your camera in hand at my Annual Women's Only Brunch and the pictures that followed--Pamela McKee
April 7, 2020
We will miss our dear friend, Omega. Her contributions to medicine and to the community will long be remembered. Indeed, she was a model of excellence!
Beverly and Ronald Anderson
April 7, 2020
Condolences to your family.
Pauline Arnett
April 7, 2020
My dear friend and colleague over these many years. I will miss seeing you at HUMAA and our other common meetings.
Mary A.T.Tillman, M.D. HU Class 1960
April 6, 2020
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April 6, 2020
Howard University Medical Alumni Association
On behalf of the Howard University Medical Alumni Association (HUMAA), we send our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Silva's family. Dr. Silva was a fierce fighter and defender of the legacy of HUMAA. We will always remember her as an unwavering force for women physicians, the Howard University College of Medicine, and HUMAA.
Now that she has transitioned from time to eternity, we will all miss her at board meetings and other HUMAA events she held so dear to her heart.
Rest in Peace, Dr. Silva. We thank you for your contributions to humanity.
April 6, 2020
Dr. Silva was always an unwavering force for women physicians, Howard University College of Medicine and HUMAA. I will miss her immensely. My condolences to Judge Webb and her family.
Marie Young
April 5, 2020
My heart is broken to hear of the transition of Omega Silva. She was not just a beautiful person inside and out but had a dynamic, vibrant personality, with a brilliant mind. I am grateful for the opportunity to have known her. The world is a better place because of her presence. Peace and blessings to Harold and the rest of the family.
Dr. Donna Powell-Goings
April 5, 2020
Dr.Silva...Peace at Last in Paradise beautiful lady. You had the personality that will be missed by all. We will remember that you always looked fabulous..the hats to die for. May God's love give your wonderful family strength to endure. Life Without An End...a beautiful spirit and truly down to earth. The Leffall Family.
Ethel & Sallye Leffall
April 5, 2020
Omega, an outstanding role model and great scientist, may she rest in peace. To her family - "Death brings a heartache that no one can heal, but Love leaves a memory that no one can steal". Allow your loving memories to comfort you at this time.
Melba Swafford
April 5, 2020
My heart is heavy this morning having lost such a wonderful person and dedicated board member for the Healthcare Council of the National Capital Area for so many years. Omega will be remembered as one of the most positive and intelligent individuals I've known. Her suffering never stopped her from helping others and participating in worthwhile endeavors even when experiencing great pain. She remained an effective trustee up until her last week, making suggestions and given her valuable insights. Her contribution to society and to our organization will long be remembered. We have lost a beautiful soul.
Les Pitton
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