The Dr. Omega Logan Silva Scholarship Fund

In honor of Dr. Omega Logan Silva

In 2021, The Healthcare Council celebrated its 75 years of service throughout the region. As part of its commemoration, The Healthcare Council established the Dr. Omega Silva Logan Scholarship Fund in memory of the late Dr. Silva, past board member and passionate advocate of disadvantaged women in healthcare. The Healthcare Council is honored to have created this Scholarship fund in Dr. Silva’s memory.

Dr. Omega Logan Silva served the healthcare community with honor and distinction. Throughout her career, she was a dynamic leader, the first female president of the Howard University Medical Alumni Association and president of the American Medical Women’s Association. One of her many board responsibilities was serving The Healthcare Council from 2000 to 2020. She was an advocate for universal healthcare and a committed supporter of the advancement of women in medicine. She believed strongly in the purpose of The Council, supporting collaboration, cooperation, and education.

Though she began her career as a chemist at the National Institutes of Health, the bulk of Silva’s career was spent as a physician. After her endocrinology fellowship, she took a professorship at George Washington University; in 1977 she took a concurrent post at Howard University, becoming a full professor at both institutions in 1985 and 1991, respectively. Her research focused on cancer, and she discovered the secretion of calcitonin in small cell carcinoma of the lung in humans. 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. She received the Foremother Award by the National Research Center for Women and Families in 2010.

This scholarship, in her memory, honors her years of service by continuing her advocacy for the advancement of women in her chosen field of medicine.