Dr. DeSilva graduated from Swarthmore College and joined Boston Children's Hospital as a research assistant in pediatric hematology and oncology. She earned a master's degree in human genetics and genetic counseling at the University of Michigan, and then worked as a pediatric genetic counselor at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. After graduating cum laude from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, she completed her three-year pediatric residency at Children's Hospital at Strong in Rochester. Dr. DeSilva received a number of awards during medical school, among them the Dean's Prize in Pediatrics. She is board certified in pediatrics and has a special interest in eating disorders.