Adolescent Medicine | Pediatrics


Adolescent Medicine

Adolescents and young adults have unique and sometimes complex medical and mental health needs. We’re here to help.

Medically reviewed on June 05, 2023.

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Supporting Adolescent and Young Adult Care

The road to adulthood can be bumpy. As children grow and mature, they face physical, social, emotional and sexual challenges. That’s where we come in.

Our team of specialists works with adolescents and young adults — usually between ages 10 and 26. We provide guidance, treatment and support for all types of complex medical and behavioral health needs. Patients receive a personalized treatment plan that uniquely incorporates physical, psychological, social and developmental aspects of care.

Our Difference

Our Care and Expertise

Our adolescent medicine physicians are fellowship trained. This means they spend an extra two years of hands-on training in the medical and behavioral needs of adolescents. Young people who come to us receive confidential care and age-appropriate education.

Specialty Clinics

Specialty clinics deliver coordinated care around a specific health topic or condition. We offer a general adolescent consult clinic to check for a wide range of concerns, including those related to reproductive issues and mental health. Other specialty clinics focus on eating disorders, fatty liver disease and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Chronic Illness Support

Young people often struggle to manage long-term (chronic) childhood health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and congenital (from birth) heart disease. Our adolescent medicine specialists work with young people to better manage their condition. We also help parents encourage their child’s disease management skills.


What Is Adolescent Medicine?

Adolescent medicine recognizes the specific health needs of young people during a critical stage of life. Our adolescent medicine teams take a judgment-free approach and provide respect for identity and culture.

Unique Health Care Needs of Adolescents:

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are abnormal eating patterns caused by negative feelings people have about food and their bodies. They can be serious, life-threatening conditions that can result in significant short- and long-term complications if not properly treated. Common eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (AFRID).

Learn more about eating disorders
Reproductive and Sexual Health Care

Our reproductive health specialists treat menstrual cycle-related disorders and ovarian cysts and provide birth control (contraception) to prevent pregnancy. They also offer screening, treatment and prevention education for sexually transmitted diseases.

Find out more about navigating contraceptives
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

STIs are viruses, bacteria and parasites that pass from partner-to-partner during sex or intimate contact. Examples include chlamydia, gonorrhea and human papillomavirus (HPV). Not all people with STIs experience symptoms, so testing is important.

Learn about STI symptoms, treatments and more
Adolescent Mental Health

Mental health disorders can interfere with school and relationships. Our team provides medications and therapy for anxiety disorders, major depressive disorders, suicidal ideation and obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD).

Explore mental health services

Acne is a common problem that can affect a young person’s emotional health and self-esteem. Acne types range from blackheads and pimples to painful cysts and nodules. Medications you apply to your skin or take by mouth are usually effective at clearing up acne.

Read about what causes acne and how to treat it
Chronic Illnesses

Managing a chronic illness, such as asthma, diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease, can be challenging for young people. As they reach adulthood, they become responsible for their chronic disease care. Our team can help ease this transition.

Why Adolescent Health Matters

Experiences during adolescence have lasting effects into adulthood. Poor management of a chronic health disease, teen pregnancy or a mental health disorder can disrupt a young person’s life path — but it doesn’t have to.

  • Depression and anxiety affect many people during adolescence.
  • About half of all new STD infections are in people aged 15 to 24.
  • Getting young people the care they need can improve self-esteem, decision-making skills and health outcomes.
Teen boy shaking hands with health care provider while sitting on an exam table

"Information for Teens and Young Adults: Staying Healthy and Preventing STDs," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 

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