Division of Gynecology Overview

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The Division of Gynecology at Boston Children's Hospital has been around for more than three decades. We have the busiest clinical program in pediatric and adolescent gynecology in the United States, and offer services ranging from routine exams to complex surgery for female patients 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 require 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 and the Gender Management Service Clinic (GeMS).

Our expertise

  • We have a special Pap Test Evaluation Clinic to evaluate and manage abnormal Pap tests and check for HPV infection and cervical cancer.

  • At Boston Children's Center for Congenital Anomalies of the Reproductive Tract, we treat patients with intersex disorders, such as ambiguous genitalia. These conditions may make it hard to tell a baby's gender at birth.

  • Our team is credited with the development of new techniques for preservation of ovarian tissue in cases of large ovarian masses.

Our Chief of Gynecology, Marc Laufer, MD, serves as a medical advisor for both the international and Boston chapters of the Endometriosis Association. Our Division is used as a model for the development of an international support program for adolescents with endometriosis.

In addition, Dr. Laufer is a leading expert in congenital anomalies (birth defects) of the reproductive tract, including:

Download our Gynecology Department fact sheet for key highlights and information.

Our Staff

We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality medical care and take a multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach to service. Our staff includes physicians, nurses and social workers who frequently collaborate with other services at the hospital, including:

News

NewsCenter for Young Women’s Health

Explore the Center's Web site for in-depth information on issues affecting teen girls today, including healthy eating, nutrition and eating disorders. Designed specifically for teen girls, the site offers helpful and fun health FAQs and information including:

  • quizzes
  • online chats
  • newsletters

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Online Health Chats - Chat with Us!

Patient StoryOur chats are intended as a safe place for girls aged 13-22 to ask questions and discuss concerns about important health issues. Our chats generally meet once a month, for an hour each, and are moderated by experts from Boston Children's Hospital. If you are a teen girl or young woman with endometriosis, MRKH, or PCOS, and you are interested in joining one of our support chats, please click the link below to see if you are eligible. Please remember, however, that the chats are not meant to replace individualized professional medical care. Rather, they are a place to share support and general information. We hope you can join us!

Innovations

At Boston Children’s Hospital, we aim to solve some of the world’s greatest pediatric health problems. Some ways we do this stem from scientific research: Understanding diseases deeply—even at the cellular or molecular level—leads to new drugs and therapies. Other discoveries arise from moments spent at patients’ bedsides, when doctors and nurses see opportunities to improve care. This approach, which we call “clinical innovations,” often requires us to develop entirely new tools or come up with inventive strategies. This creative form of innovation is the path by which many major improvements in health care have been made.

Quality and safety

At Boston Children's Hospital, we believe that patients and families deserve to know whether the hospital where they have chosen to receive their care meets the highest standards and is committed to excellence.  Through our Program for Patient Safety and Quality, we continually monitor and improve the care we provide to our patients. Since the diseases and chronic conditions that affect children and adolescents are quite different from those of adults, it is often not appropriate to use adult measures to evaluate the quality of pediatric care.  That’s why we have taken a leadership role in developing scientifically sound methods to measure the quality of care provided to all children and adolescents.

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