Dr. Steve Silvestro is a dedicated and energetic pediatrician who strives to provide warm, compassionate care, and to bring joy to the process of healing. His unique focus is on crafting clear, tangible manners of communicating medical topics so that parents and children can better understand and improve their health.
He has been featured in Bethesda Magazine, Georgetown Medicine Magazine, and Georgetown Medical Alumni Spotlight, and has contributed to articles appearing in the Washington Post Express, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. A dynamic and engaging speaker, he has given presentations and seminars throughout the DC Metropolitan Area.
Dr. Silvestro was raised in Hamilton, NJ, and later moved to Washington, DC, to complete his undergraduate studies in Biology & English at Georgetown University. While there, he founded a clown troupe comprised of undergraduates and medical students that brought joy to area hospitals and nursing homes. He received his medical training at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he participated in the Mind-Body Medicine Program for three years, learning various meditation, imagery, and mindfulness techniques. He contributed to research involving the effects of such a mind-body course on medical students’ self-awareness and well-being.
Following medical school, Dr. Silvestro completed his training in Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital and is board-certified in Pediatrics. He enjoys teaching, having held the positions of Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University.
Dr. Silvestro is a member of the Blood & Marrow Collection Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, working with volunteer bone marrow donors as a physician harvester. Since 2011, he has co-facilitated medical student groups in Georgetown’s Mind-Body Medicine Program with the belief that a physician-in-training who is more self-aware can journey on to become a more mindful, compassionate physician. Bringing a similar belief to parenting, he has led a “Mindfulness for Parents” course in the community. Dr. Silvestro also has an interest in mobile technology in medicine (mHealth) and has worked on a smartphone-enabled project designed to improve communication between patients and physicians.
Dr. Silvestro was recognized as one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Doctors” in 2014, was a finalist for Washington Family’s “Best Pediatrician” in 2014, and was one of Washington Parent Magazine’s “Favorite Docs” in 2012. In 2011, he was honored as a “Top Doctor” & “Top Pediatrician” by OrganizedWisdom.com
for use of social media in medicine.
Dr. Silvestro enjoys developing relationships with families as their children learn and grow. His special interests include fitness, nutrition, and childhood obesity; the incorporation of mindfulness techniques in the care of children with anxiety, sleep disturbances, and pain; and developing creative mobile health (mHealth) designs with intent to empower patients and and physicians.
He enjoys new fitness challenges, rock climbing, and geeky movies, but most especially hanging out with his wonderful wife and two lovably entertaining children.