Ajith Silva, PhD is a collegiate professor at The Undergraduate School at UMUC. He received his PhD in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts and post-doctoral training in the epidemiology of aging at the School of Medicine, University of Maryland. Prior to joining UMUC, he was a research health scientist in the Division of Outcomes Research, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Dr. Silva specializes on issues related to risk-adjustment, long-term care, managed care, health care financing, Medicare/Medicaid, and health outcomes. He has extensive experience in working with Medicare/Medicaid, MDS, and MCBS data. Dr. Silva has published a number of articles related to long-term care. He is a regular presenter at the Gerontological Society of America's Annual Scientific Meetings. His current research includes volume-outcome relationships in hip fracture surgery, veterans with multiple sclerosis, and dementia in nursing homes.
The main reason for seeking nomination is because I believe that my previous experience with other academic settings and programs will help me to make a useful contribution towards issues affecting faculty at UMUC. I have served in a number of academic committees in the University of Maryland system prior to joining UMUC. Among others, I have contributed substantially to the development of the gerontology doctoral program at UMBC/UMAB through my participation in socio-cultural, social policy and epidemiology sub-committees. Since faculty play a vital role in UMUC, it is important to understand and address their concerns to the best extent possible. I am happy to volunteer my time for that.