Dr. Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a pediatrician and public health advocate, she is the Senior Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI) and Clinical Professor at University of California San Francisco. She also has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Pan American Health Organization and other bodies.
Dr. Silver is an expert on the use of policy approaches to prevent chronic disease, its risk factors and inequitable impact, including unhealthy diet, tobacco, and physical activity at home and globally. Silver was Assistant Health Commissioner of New York City, leading groundbreaking work such as the nation’s first trans fat ban, calorie labeling law, and the National Salt Reduction Initiative. She has worked extensively to reduce sugary drink consumption through a wide range of policies including taxation, portion size, and public procurement, and has carried out evaluations of two of the first soda sugary drink taxes in the US.