About Dr. Steve Silvestro
Steve Silvestro, MD, was raised in Hamilton, NJ. He later moved to Washington, DC, to complete his undergraduate studies in Biology & English at Georgetown University. He received his medical training at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where the school’s requirement that all medical students utilize a PDA first showed him the usefulness of mobile devices in medical practice and education.
While in medical school, Dr. Silvestro participated in the Georgetown University School of Medicine’s 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 received his training in Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital, where he was nominated for the String of Pearls Award, an honor given to residents recognized as outstanding teachers of medical students. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics with the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, guiding residents and medical students through their pediatric experience in his clinic.
Steve joined a private pediatric practice in North Bethesda, Maryland, after completing his residency. He also joined the Blood & Marrow Collection Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital as a physician harvester. Georgetown’s program is the most active stem cell collection program in the world.
In 2010, Dr. Silvestro received training to facilitate mind-body medicine groups for medical students at Georgetown. He began co-facilitating groups in the Spring of 2011, with the belief that a physician-in-training who is more self-aware can journey on to become a more mindful, compassionate physician. That same year, noting that the stress of parenting can have a profoundly negative impact on parents’ health and wellbeing, Dr. Silvestro developed a “Mindfulness & Self-Awareness for Parents” course that he taught in the community. In the Spring of 2012, he served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, co-facilitating a similar course for undergraduate students.
In 2012, he co-created DocVisit, a smartphone-enabled tool that radically improves communication between patients and physicians. DocVisit is presently in development.
Dr. Silvestro was honored as one of Washington Parent Magazine’s “Favorite Docs 2012.” In 2011, he was honored as a “Top Doctor” & “Top Pediatrician” by OrganizedWisdom.com for use of social media in medicine. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Silvestro has been interviewed for televised newscasts, print, and digital media, and has presented before multiple groups and associations.
Dr. Silvestro currently lives in Rockville, MD, with his wonderful wife and two lovably entertaining children.