Jennifer Silva, MD
Jen grew up right across from New York City in a small New Jersey town named Norwood with her parents and brother. From her childhood, she wanted to be a physician like her adoptive Grandfather. Growing up in a traditional Indian household, she spent 2 months/year living in India, which notably included a lack of running water and air conditioning. To this day, she ardently refuses to go camping.
One of the most impressionable memories from these visits was when her Grandfather, the Physician-In-Chief at a hospital in Mumbai, acquired the first MRI machine in the city and would scan paying patients during the day and indigent patients overnight to make sure that everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, would have access to the best healthcare in the city. This experience kindled a strong interest in advancing technology in medicine.
After attending medical school at St. George’s University SOM in Grenada, West Indies, she completed her Pediatrics residency at Miami Children’s Hospital and Cardiology fellowship at Washington University SOM. It was in St Louis that she met her husband, Jonathan Silva, while collaborating in Yoram Rudy’s lab in Biomedical Engineering. She went off to Children’s Hospital Boston to complete her advanced fellowship training in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Electrophysiology and came back to Wash U as faculty in 2009.
She has worked to build the clinical EP service to one of busiest EP services in the country. Her research strategy has revolved around creating deep collaborations with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and advancing emerging technologies in the pediatric population. Most recently, she has been collaborating with Jon Silva on a novel system that employs an augmented headset to display a patient specific cardiac hologram during electrophysiology procedures.
After living in Tower Grove for several years, Jen and her family moved to the CWE 2 years ago, purchasing the home of Mary Webber McKittrick, who served as the 2nd President of the Board of Managers for St Louis Children’s Hospital from 1883-1907. She spends her free time with her husband Jon, daughter Asha [age 6] and son Marcus [age 3]. Just to make sure the house is always busy, they have 2 dogs, Lucy and Primrose and two surviving fish, Spot and Lily. In her spare time, Jen spends time with her family rehabbing their home, walking around the CWE, and volunteering at her kids’ school.