Dr. Mary Cipriano Silva

Dr. Mary Cipriano Silva

Inducted - 1997

Academic/Career Accomplishments

  Dr. Mary Cipriano Silva graduated from Ravenna High School in 1956. She received her BSN and MS from Ohio State, her doctorate from the University of Maryland and her postdoctorate from Georgetown University. She has taught at Case Western Reserve University, Stanford University and for the last twenty years, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has received over twenty-five awards for excellence in teaching and scholarship, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Award, the Ohio State University College of Nursing Outstanding Alumna Award, induction into the American Academy of Nursing, George Mason University Alumni Association Faculty Member of the Year Award, and a Virginia State Council of Education Outstanding Faculty Award. She is the author and/or co-author of six books and monographs, seven book chapters and over sixty other publications. She has established a national and international reputation in the area of nursing philosophy/theory and health care ethics, and her writings have been cited hundreds of times in health care literature. During her tenure at George Mason, she has obtained over $850,000 in Federal funding. Dr. Silva is also active in professional activities, including her selection as a member of the American Nurses Association’s task force to revise the nursing profession’s code of ethics. In summary, Dr. Mary Cipriano Silva has personified unceasing excellence and commitment to her chosen profession for over thirty years.