Abigail Silva, PhD,MPH obtained her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research at the Hines VA Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINNCH). In September 2015, she joined the Department of Public Health Sciences, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago as Assistant Professor. She is also a research health scientist at CINNCH. The broad focus of Dr. Silva’s research is in cancer epidemiology and examining inequities in cancer care and outcomes with the goal of informing policy and interventions

Dr. Silva is currently working on projects aimed at assessing the healthcare needs and improving the care of patients with cancer. In addition, she is a co-investigator on studies aimed at understanding the role of environmental attributes (e.g. neighborhood walkability, food availability) on BMI maintenance, trajectory and metabolic risk.

Dr. Silva teaches Epidemiology I and II as well as Introduction to Statistical Computing for Public Health Research. As the Epidemiology Track Director, she also oversees the Capstone projects.

Selected Publications

  • Silva A, Molina Y, Hunt B, Markossian T, Saiyed N. Potential Impact of the Affordable Care Act’s Preventive Services Provision on Breast Cancer Stage: A Preliminary Assessment. Cancer Epidemiol. 2017; 49:108-111.
  • Rauscher GH, Silva A, Pauls H, Frasor J, Bonini MG, Hoskins K. Racial disparity in survival from estrogen and progesterone receptor positive breast cancer: implications for reducing breast cancer mortality disparities. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017; 163(2): 321-330.
  • Martinez R, Gordon E, Tully S, Silva A, Tarlov E, French DD, Huo Z, Stroupe KT. A Mixed-Methods Study of Veterans Affairs Providers' Experiences Communicating With Patients About the Affordable Care Act. Mil Med. 2017; 182 (5): 1715-1723.
  • Henry E, Silva A, Tarlov E, Czerlanis C, Bernard M, Chauhan C, Schalk D, Stewart G. Using team mental models and transactive memory to deliver coordinated cancer care.J Oncol Pract. 2016; 12(11): 992-999.
  • Agrawal L, Arceo-Mendoza RM, Barnosky A, Bresler L, Chiha M, Silva A, Wilczynski. Prevalence of Hypogonadism in Treated Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Survivors. Fed Pract. 2016; 33(suppl): 37s-43s.
  • Silva A, Tarlov E, French DD, Huo Z, Martinez R, Stroupe KT. Veterans Affairs Health System Enrollment and Health Care Utilization after the Affordable Care Act: Initial Insights. Mil Med. 2016; 181(5): 469-475.
  • Molina Y, Silva A, Rauscher G. Racial/ethnic disparities in time to a breast cancer diagnosis: the mediating effects of healthcare system factors. Med Care. 2015; 53(10):872-8.
  • Dookeran KA, Silva A, Warnecke RB, Rauscher GH. Race/Ethnicity and disparities in mastectomy practice in the Breast Cancer Care in Chicago Study. Ann Surg Oncol2015; 22(1): 66-74.
  • Al-Alem U, Rauscher GH, Shah E, Batai K, Mahmoud A, Beisner E, Silva A, Peterson C, Kittles R. Association of genetic ancestry with breast cancer in ethnically diverse women from Chicago. PLoS One. 2014; 9(11): e112916.
  • Silva A, Rauscher GH, Ferrans CE, Hoskins K, Rao R. Assessing the quality of race/ethnicity, tumor, and breast cancer treatment information in a non-SEER state registry. J Registry Manag. 2014; 41(1): 24-30.
  • Silva A, Rauscher GH, Hoskins K, Rao R, Ferrans CE. Assessing racial/ethnic disparities in chemotherapy treatment among breast cancer patients in context of changing treatment guidelines. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013; 142(3): 667-672.
  • Shah AM, Whitman S, Silva A. Variations in the health conditions of 6 Chicago community areas: a case for local-level data. Am J Public Health. 2006; 96(8): 1485-1491.
  • Whitman S, Shah AM, Silva A, Ansell D. Mammography screening in six diverse communities in Chicago--a population study. Cancer Detect Prev. 2007; 31(2): 166-172.
  • Margellos H, Silva A, Whitman S. Comparison of health status indicators in Chicago: are Black-White disparities worsening? Am J Public Health. 2004; 94(1): 116-121.
  • Whitman S, Silva A, Shah A, Ansell D. Diversity and disparity: GIS and small-area analysis in six Chicago neighborhoodsJ Med Syst. 2004; 28(4): 397-411.
  • Silva A, Whitman S, Margellos H, Ansell D. Evaluating Chicago's success in reaching the Healthy People 2000 goal of reducing health disparities. Public Health Rep. 2001; 116(5): 484-494.