Janet Silverstein, M.D.
Professor and Chief, UF Pediatrics – Division of Endocrinology
M.D., University of Pennsylvania
Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, Obesity, Pediatrics, Psychosocial issues
Dr. Janet Silverstein currently serves as Program Director for the Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship at Shands at UF and Division Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at UF. In her years of experience she has held and holds many titles including director, chief, program director, professor, medical director, associate chief, and associate professor, to name a few. She is also a member of many national committees including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society (LWPES), the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), the American Diabetes Association, the Endocrine Society, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), and the FDA Advisory Panel for Endocrine and Metabolic Disease. Dr. Janet Silverstein completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in biology at the University of Rochester (1966) and received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1970). For five years (from an Intern in ’70 to an Associate Chief Resident in ‘77) she worked in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA. From there she went on to Durham, NC and worked as a Fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology at Duke University Medical Center. She is currently working with the University of Florida teaching, researching, performing patient care, and doing service work.
Research and Advocacy Focus
Dr. Silverstein focuses on type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, obesity, psychosocial issues in pediatric chronic disease, general endocrinology (including disorders of growth, puberty, thyroid, bone metabolism, and water metabolism), lipid disorders, and patient advocacy. She attends 34 clinics: 26 diabetes clinics, 6 endocrine clinics, and 2 obesity/lipid clinics. Her participation in clinical research involves mentoring fellows and junior faculty in studies on cardiovascular risk in diabetes and pre-diabetes as well as adherence in type 1 diabetes and obesity. She also serves as an endocrine in-patient attending physician 3-4 months per year and general ward attending 1 month per year; she teaches medical students, residents, and fellows in the clinic, ward settings, and in diabetes camps.
As a diabetes advocate, Dr. Silverstein has been traveling to Ocala National Forest for the Florida Camp for Children and Youth with Diabetes to serve as the camp’s medical director since 1979. For this camp she provides education to medical students, pharmacy students, nursing students and pediatric housestaff from UF (primarily) as well as USF, FSU and the University of Miami. She has also expanded the camp to include Teen weekends and Family weekends throughout the year. Silverstein believes in the diabetes camp and what it does for the children by showing them that they are not alone in fighting the disease. She is also involved in various committees which promote overall wellness in the Alachua County area.
As one of the hardest-working physicians at UF, Silverstein’s expertise does not go unnoticed. She serves or has once served on dozens of key professional organizations and committees, including chairwoman of the executive committee of the Section of Endocrinology of the American Academy of Pediatrics and as chairperson of the Children’s Workgroup of the National Diabetes Education Program to develop manuals and training materials schools can use for addressing the needs of children with the disease. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatrics, and is editor of Kids Corner, a monthly column in Diabetes Forecast, a magazine for people with diabetes. Silverstein also serves on the endocrinology sub-board at the American Board of Pediatrics, once chaired the Council of Youth of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is currently the pediatric representative on the Clinical Practice Committee of the American Diabetes Association. She spearheaded an ADA committee that developed standards of care for children who have diabetes.