Division of Gynecology

The Division of Gynecology at Boston Children's Hospital has been caring for patients for more than three decades. We have one of the busiest clinical programs in pediatric and adolescent gynecology in the U.S. and offer services ranging from routine exams to complex surgery for females from birth to age 22.

Some patients who come to Boston Children's have relatively common conditions, such as irregular menstrual cycles, while others have extremely rare abnormalities of reproductive organs. Our experts can help identify your daughter's problem, treat pain and discomfort and provide any needed counseling or guidance. Ensuring or preserving a healthy future for your daughter is our top priority.

We understand that successful treatment of the gynecological issues of infants, girls and young women requires collaboration between many different areas of medicine. The Gynecology Program at Boston Children's collaborates with experts from the General Surgery Program, the Department of Urology, the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, the Division of Endocrinology, the Gender Management Service Clinic (GeMS), the Division of Hematology and Oncology and the Pain Treatment Center.

Our expertise in pediatric and adolescent gynecology

We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality medical care and take a comprehensive approach to service. Our Division provides unique and specialized services:

  • We treat patients with intersex disorders, such as ambiguous genitalia, in the Center for Congenital Anomalies of the Reproductive Tract.
  • We care for disorders of the vulva in girls from birth to age 21 in our Vulvar Clinic.
  • In our special Pap Test Evaluation Clinic, we evaluate and manage abnormal Pap tests and check for HPV infection and cervical cancer.
  • Our Boston Children's Center for Young Women's Health provides a wealth of easy-to-access information for teen girls dealing with issues such as polycystic ovary syndrome, sexually transmitted diseases and basic questions about menstruation.
  • Our team is credited with the development of new techniques for preservation of ovarian tissue in cases of large ovarian masses.
  • Our Division is used as a model for the development of an international support program for adolescents with endometriosis.

Our Division of Gynecology team

Our staff includes physicians, a physician assistant, nurses, and social workers who frequently collaborate with other services at the hospital, including:

  • General Surgery Program
  • Department of Urology
  • Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine
  • Division of Endocrinology
  • Pain Treatment Center
  • Hematology and Oncology

Our Chief of Gynecology, Marc Laufer, MD, also is the founder and director of the Boston Center for Endometriosis and a leading expert in congenital anomalies (birth defects) of the reproductive tract, including:

  • vaginal agenesis
  • MRKH
  • labial hypertrophy
  • vaginal septum