Joseph Silva, Jr., M.D.
The 2nd Annual Celebration of Hope Dinner pays tribute to Sacramento Distinguished
Joseph Silva, Dean, School of Medicine was honored at the Celebration of Hope Dinner on November 6,
2003, for his specialty and research interests as well as for his expertise as a clinician. Dean Silva
helped guide the Huntington"s Disease clinic at the School of Medicine into becoming a Center of Excellence.
Thanks to Dean Silva"s guidance, this Center is recognized as a model center by HDSA (Huntington"s Disease
Society of America).
Hibbard Williams, M.D., F.A.C.P.
2003 Northern California Chapter Awards Presentation, November 8th 2003 in Monterey, California
"Hib Williams....what a wonderful choice for a Laureate award!" This seems to be the universal sentiment
when respected physicians in northern California hear of his selection. Hib has been giving his all to
internal medicine in California since he arrived to work with Holly Smith at UCSF in 1965, making the
big move west from his roots at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1968, concomitant with his promotion
to associate professor, Dr. Smith named him as Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics at UCSF, and
then, two years later, as Chief of the Medical Service at San Francisco General Hospital. For the young
Williams (age 38), this was the ideal job, combining his excellence as an enthusiastic teacher, his dedication
to teaching residents and students, and his commitment to the delivery of first-rate clinical careand
it was during the next year that he was given the Kaiser Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. Although he left California briefly to serve as Professor and Chair of Medicine at Cornell and Physician-in-Chief at New York Hospital, the lure of the golden west was sufficient to bring him back as Dean
of the School of Medicine at UC Davis in 1980, where he provided distinguished, creative, and visionary
leadership until he became emeritus in 2000. The Williams enthusiasm for medicine, his infectious laugh
as he appreciates the joy of medicine and colleagues, his encyclopedic knowledge (always up to date) of
internal medicine, his caring for patients, and his highest standards in all parts of his life make him
the prototypical example of all the best in internal medicine....a wonderful role model for our young
physicians in these complex times of medicine.
wed Dave for medical school. Luckily, we treated much more Montezuma"s Revenge than traumatic injuries
while in Iraq. Following a two-month shipboard return on the USS Cleveland, I started psychiatry residency
on Labor Day at Naval Medical Center, San Diego.