Clinical Needs and Support

If the time comes when you do need a doctor, Boston Children's Hospital's team of physicians, nurses and specialists is ready to help. Our clinicians understand that no one has a better sense of when something's not right with your body than you do, which is why they focus on working with you, whatever the problem may be.

Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine focuses on the common and complex medical needs of patients between the ages of 10 and 23. Our team of highly experienced physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, nutritionists, HIV counselors and mental health professionals make up one of the most comprehensive adolescent medicine programs in the country.

Division of Gynecology
Boston Children's is home to the busiest pediatric and adolescent gynecology program in the United States. Our team provides the highest quality examination, diagnosis and treatment of female reproductive health issues in girls and young women from birth to age 22.

Eating Disorders Program 
Boston Children's Eating Disorders Program provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment to more than 200 adolescents every year with anorexia nervosa, bulimia and related eating disorders.

Advocacy for Women and Kids in Emergency (AWAKE)
The AWAKE program at Boston Children's Hospital offers safe and confidential resources to patients, parents and employees who are victims of abuse. Our free services range from educational opportunities and risk assessment, to criminal justice advocacy and assistance with emergency housing needs. All AWAKE services are available in English and Spanish.

The Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program
The OWL program's team of experienced physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitians, psychologists, social workers and physical therapists are committed to the education and treatment of patients who are overweight or obese, or who have type 2 diabetes.

Young Parents Program (YPP) 
The YPP helps teen mothers and fathers from low-income and at-risk environments that have the highest rates of pregnancies and the greatest risk of poor birth outcomes. The program provides quality medical, counseling and health education, encourages teen parents to make proactive, smart decisions, as they become adults, and helps young parents find housing and complete school.

Teen Suicide Prevention 
Through the Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnership, we provide high quality mental health services for teens and families in schools and community settings, including education, prevention and early intervention for teens experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts.

Counseling for Coping with Chronic Illness
The stress of adolescence can be made even more complicated by chronic illness and the treatments, hospitalizations and surgeries associated with it. Children's offers counseling and support services to help chronically ill teens with difficult issues like body image, developing independence and relationships with peers.