Hugh Silk, MD, MPH

Professor Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at UMass Medical School

Medical Director of the Primary Care Wellness Center at Community Healthlink

Hugh Silk received his undergraduate degree (BA) from Harvard University, where he majored in Government.  He completed medical school at McMaster Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

He completed his residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Family Medicine Residency Program in Worcester and successfully completed a Masters of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.  Before medical school Hugh taught with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University (The Literature of Social Reflection) and ran a youth service program in Toronto called Serve Canada.

Currently Hugh is the medical director of a Wellness and Primary Care Center in Leominster as a part of Community Healthlink providing creative and meaningful care to patients with mental health issues.  He does some consulting for the state Correctional Health system.  He is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He also teaches at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.  Hugh does public health work in oral health access and training health care providers to address oral health as part of overall health.  He is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of Public Health Dentistry Public Service Award.  He is currently working on a five year HRSA grant to evaluate and implement oral health in medical and dental schools and primary care residency programs across the country. He is the Principal Investigator, on a research project, “From the First Tooth – Engaging Medical Clinicians in Oral Health”.  His other interest in medical education is medical humanities and reflective writing.

Hugh’s proudest achievements are his family; he is married to Laura Silk an obstetrician and gynecologist in northern Worcester County and has 2 daughters, Josie and Maddy.  Together they love to travel, garden, hike and cook wonderful food.  Hugh enjoys long distance open water swimming, biking, and downhill/cross-country skiing.

A favorite quotation of Hugh’s comes from Gandhi “be the change you want to see”.

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