Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine

In the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine practice, our health care team provides medical, gynecological, nutritional, and psychological care and counseling. Our team include physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, and mental health providers — all of whom specialize in the care of teenagers and young adults. The Practice also includes subspecialty referral programs including second opinion consultation, the Eating Disorders Program, the Reproductive Endocrinology and PCOS Program, the Boston HAPPENS HIV program, the STEP weight management program, the Long-acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Program, the Heavy Menstrual Bleeding program, and the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID).

At the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine practice at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), we provide comprehensive confidential care to our patients per guidelines and policies of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. We welcome patients from all backgrounds and genders to our practice.

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

  • Contraception and Sexual Health Counseling

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Chronic Headaches

  • Complex Medical/Psychosocial Problems

  • Eating Disorders

  • Growth and Development

  • Hormonal Changes

  • Menstrual Problems

  • Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

  • Nutrition

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Puberty

  • Reproductive Health Problems

  • Smoking Cessation

  • STDs and HIV Infection

  • Substance Use

  • Teen Pregnancy

  • Weight Concerns

Teaching and training

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, 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. The Boston Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program, funded by the Maternal Child and Health Bureau, trains physicians (from Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Family Medicine), nurses, psychologists, social workers, and nutritionists in adolescent health.