Division of Adolescent Medicine

In the Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine Practice, our team provides medical, gynecological, nutritional, and psychological care and counseling to patients aged 10-25. Our team includes doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, and mental health providers – all of whom specialize in the care of teenagers and young adults. The Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine Practice also includes subspecialty referral programs including the Eating Disorders Program, the Reproductive Endocrinology Program, second opinion consultation, the Boston HAPPENS Program, the STEP Obesity Program (formally known as the PREP Program), the Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Program, and the Chronic Fatigue/Complex Care Program.

We participate in education, research, and community service and we are the oldest adolescent clinic in the United States, founded in 1951

Adolescent Specific Care

Our team offers complete care for a wide variety of congenital and acquired disorders and adolescent and teen issues including:

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Acne

  • Anemia

  • Bone Health Problems

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Chronic Headaches

  • Complex Medical/Psychosocial Problems

  • Eating Disorders

  • Growth and Development

  • Hormonal Changes

  • Menstrual Problems

  • Nutrition

  • Obesity/Overweight

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

  • Puberty

  • Reproductive Health Problems

  • Smoking Cessation

  • STD's and HIV Infection

  • Substance Abuse

  • Teen Pregnancy

  • Weight Problems


Boston Children's is the primary pediatric teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School (HMS) where our physicians hold faculty appointments. We direct and/or co-direct HMS postgraduate courses in adolescent medicine and pediatric and adolescent gynecology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

The Division has one of the seven federal training grants in the United States for adolescent health. We have also established the Boston Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program, funded by the Maternal Child and Health Bureau, where we train physicians (from Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine), nurses, psychologists, social workers and nutritionists in adolescent health.


Feeding the Mind

While your teen’s physical health is important, it’s also crucial that she develop her mind. With that thought, Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP, senior associate and director of Training in Psychology at Children’s, developed Booking It in the Waiting Room– a program that provides free books in the waiting room of our Division of Adolescent Medicine that teens can take home. The books cover subjects from general fiction to mysteries to science fiction to autobiographies.