Division of Adolescent Medicine Overview

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The Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive primary care and specialty care to patients, ages 10 to 23 years old. Founded in 1951, we are the oldest adolescent clinic in the United States, and we have more than 17,000 patient visits each year. Whether your teen has a common affliction or complex conditions requiring coordinated care, she is in good hands with us.

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

Adolescent Medicine Team
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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.


We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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