Kenneth R. Silk Lectureship

The annual lecture will be given by a prominent leader in the field of psychiatric disorders with a specific focus on addressing innovative, evidence-based advances in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of personality disorders, Ken’s area of expertise. The Ken Silk Lecturer will be selected in advance by the “Kenneth R. Silk, M.D. Lectureship Committee”, which will be comprised of the Chair and the Associate Chairs of the Department of Psychiatry, and additional faculty members as determined by the Chair.

The annual lecture will honor Dr. Silk and will include a reception to provide an opportunity for our current psychiatry trainees to share their research endeavors and to meet personally with the Silk Lecturer and other senior faculty members. Residents, medical students and postdoctoral fellows will be invited to submit an abstract for the annual Silk Lecture, to be displayed in a pre-lecture poster session. The intent of the poster session is to share recent academic advances from the past year so that faculty and trainees can become familiar with colleagues’ research, and collaborations and mentorship opportunities are fostered.


Memorial donations made in honor of Dr. Kenneth Silk will support the Kenneth R. Silk, M.D. Endowment Fund. This fund will be used to help establish the Kenneth R. Silk, M.D. Lectureship in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan’s Medical School. This endowed lectureship will be held annually at the University of Michigan’s Rachel Upjohn Building, the home of Ambulatory Psychiatry programs and the facility where Dr. Silk spent his final years with the Department.

Donors and friends will be invited to the inaugural celebration of the Kenneth R. Silk, M.D. Lectureship in Psychiatry.

For more information please contact:
Nancy Davis
Director of Development
734-763-4858 |

Checks made payable to the University of Michigan can be mailed to:
Kenneth Silk MD Fund
c/o Nancy Davis
University of Michigan Health System Office of Development
1000 Oakbrook, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

A gift to the Kenneth R. Silk Endowment Fund constitutes a gift for endowment, and distributions will be made in accordance with the University’s then existing endowment distribution policy. Any surplus distributions from this Fund during any period may be accumulated for later use for the above purposes or may be added to the principal of the funds at the University’s discretion.

Lecture Recordings

About Kenneth R. Silk, M.D.

Ken Silk attended the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and completed his training in psychiatry at Yale University. He began his U-M career in 1975 as an instructor at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital. He transitioned to working within U-M’s Department of Psychiatry in the early 1990s, where he held various posts and garnered many accolades and awards until he retired in 2014. Notably, Ken created the Personality Disorders team at Michigan’s Ambulatory Care Clinic to specialize in the care of patients with moderate to severe personality disorders, Ken’s specialty. Ken’s work impacted many – undergraduate and graduate students, medical students, nurses, community and U-M patients, faculty, staff and their families. Ken will be remembered both locally and internationally as an outstanding clinician and an expert in the treatment of patients with Borderline Personality Disorder.

“Ken’s impact as faculty member, clinician, researcher, educator and administrator over decades at Michigan has been immense. He has touched so many of us and so many lives of patients, residents and students of all kinds. He was a leader in the Michigan Psychiatric Society and American Psychiatric Association, and internationally known for his expertise in our understanding and treatment of personality disorders. His smile and sense of humor were the extra seasoning he brought to every encounter, lightening the mood as he enlightened us. This lecture is a wonderful and fitting tribute to the legacy of a man who has had such a positive impact on patients, families, colleagues and trainees of all disciplines, locally, nationally and internationally.”

Gregory W. Dalack, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry