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The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides outstanding primary care and consultative care to adolescents and young adults.
Adolescents and young adults, from 12 years of age though their 20s, may come to the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at MassGeneral Hospital for Children with complex medical or psychosocial problems, or to obtain primary medical care.
Many adolescents and young adults who are in transition between pediatric medicine and internal medicine, or are in college or newly employed, prefer the adolescent and young adult medicine setting for their medical care. Each patient is highly valued, and we respect the confidentiality of our meetings and ensure privacy of all encounters.
Our team treats patients with needs in the following areas:
Our physicians provide primary care including routine annual check- ups and pre-sports physical examinations. We strive to provide comprehensive care including age appropriate counseling to patients on healthy lifestyles and risk-taking behaviors. Physicians are available at MGH in the Yawkey outpatient center and in the community at Mass General Waltham and at the MGHfC Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Practice in Cambridge. Patients may also obtain routine immunizations as well as those needed for international travel.
We also provide collaborative care for patients struggling with the common mental health concerns of adolescence, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, and substance abuse.
We provide consultative care to patients for problems including:
Subspecialty care is provided at our main office in the Yawkey Building in Boston, as well as Mass General Waltham, MGH North in Danvers, Newton Wellesley Hospital, and the MGH Adolescent and Young Adult practice in Cambridge.
The Division works closely with other eating disorder specialists to provide comprehensive care for patients with anorexia or bulimia. We offer onsite nutritional consultation at MGH and referrals to the MGH Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program, Child Psychiatry Service, or Adult Psychiatry Service to provide the necessary counseling for patients with anorexia or bulimia. Inpatient care for patients with eating disorders is provided at both MassGeneral Hospital for Children at Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
The MassGeneral for Children Weight Management Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital is a consultation service for adolescent and young adult patients (ages 12-25) with obesity. It provides evaluation and ongoing management of patients’ weight and weight-related co-morbidities. Treatment options offered in the program include behavioral modification, weight loss medications and referral for weight loss surgery when appropriate. New patient consultations occur on Wednesday mornings including a fasting laboratory evaluation. Appointments can be made at either 617-643-1201 or 617-243-6585. Insurance is fully accepted for this program.
The primary location for the MGH Adolescent Young Adult Medicine Practice is at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, on the 6th floor of the Yawkey Building at 55 Fruit St. Please call 617-643-1201 to make an appointment. Both primary and subspecialty care is available at this location.
Adolescent Medicine physicians hold consultative sessions for subspecialty care at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Please call 617-243-6800 to make an appointment.
Adolescent medicine physicians hold twice monthly consultative sessions for subspecialty care at Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care at 102 Endicott St in Danvers. Please call 978-882-6999 or 617-643-1201 to schedule an appointment at this location.
Adolescent Medicine physicians hold sessions at 799 Concord Avenue in Cambridge. Please call 617-643-1201 to make an appointment. Both primary and subspecialty care is available at this location.
Adolescent Medicine physicians hold sessions at Mass General Waltham at 40 Second Avenue in Waltham. Please call 617-643-1201 to make an appointment. Both primary and subspecialty care is available at this location.
An adjustment disorder is defined as an emotional or behavioral reaction to an identifiable stressful event or change in a person's life that is considered maladaptive or somehow not an expected, healthy response to the event or change.
Amenorrhea is a menstrual condition characterized by absent menstrual periods for more than three monthly menstrual cycles.
ADHD, also called attention-deficit disorder, is a behavior disorder, usually first diagnosed in childhood, that is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity.
Behavior disorders include mental health problems with a focus on behaviors that both identify emotional problems and create interpersonal and social problems for children and adolescents in the course of their development.
Binge eating disorder is an illness that resembles bulimia nervosa and is characterized by episodes of uncontrolled eating or bingeing.
Bulimia nervosa, also called “bulimia,” is uncontrolled episodes of overeating, usually followed by self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, enemas, or medications to control weight.
Candidiasis, sometimes called moniliasis or a yeast infection, is an infection caused by yeast on the skin and/or mucous membranes.
A painful irritation of the cervix, cervicitis often lasts several months or longer, sometimes occurring after childbirth or use of oral contraceptives.
A depressive disorder is a whole-body illness, involving the body, mood, and thoughts, and affects the way a person eats and sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things.
Dysthymia, also known as dysthymic disorder, is classified as a type of affective disorder (also called mood disorder) that often resembles a less severe, yet more chronic form of major (clinical) depression.
The term eating disorders refers to a variety of disorders. The common feature of all the eating disorders is abnormal eating behaviors. Eating disorders are serious mental health problems and can be life threatening.
Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mononucleosis, "mono," or glandular fever, is characterized by swollen lymph glands and chronic fatigue.
Menorrhagia is the most common type of abnormal uterine bleeding characterized by heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding.
Many children and adolescents have mental health problems that interfere with their normal development and daily life activities. Some are mild, while others are more severe.
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral disease of the skin that causes small, pink or skin-colored bumps on the skin
Caused by a certain type of bacteria, pelvic inflammatory disease results in pelvic pain and the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy (a fertilized egg becoming implanted outside the uterus).
Pelvic pain may originate in genital or extragenital organs in and around the pelvis, or it may be psychological, which can make pain feel worse or actually cause a sensation of pain, when no physical problem is present.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome involves two of the following: lack of ovulation for an extended period of time, high levels of male hormones or small ovarian cysts.
A much more severe form of the collective symptoms known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a chronic medical condition that requires attention and treatment.
Most women experience some unpleasant or uncomfortable symptoms during their menstrual cycle.
Sexually transmitted diseases are infectious diseases transmitted through sexual contact.
There are three different terms used to define substance-related disorders, including substance abuse, substance dependence, and chemical dependence.
Urinary tract infections describe a health problem that results from a bacterial infection along the urinary tract.
Vaginitis refers to any inflammation or infection of the vagina.
Vulvitis is simply an inflammation of the vulva, the soft folds of skin outside the vagina.
Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by the papillomavirus.
Eating a healthy, protein-rich breakfast is good way to start your day. This handout will give you tasty breakfast ideas and tell you about the importance of the first meal of the day.
Getting your body moving is a great way to keep your overall health at its best. This handout will give you fun ideas on how to add exercise into your day and tell you about how important it is to get moving.
Being bullied can happen anywhere, whether it’s in school, at your job or online. In this handout, you will learn what to do if you’re being bullied.
Electronic cigarettes are devices that let you breathe in scented or flavored vapor (mist) that looks and feels like tobacco smoke. In this handout, you will learn the truth about e-cigarettes and why they are another form of smoking.
During your teen years, it’s normal to have many different dating relationships. In this handout, you will learn about the different features that make up a healthy relationship and an unhealthy relationship. You will also learn what to do if you're in an unhealthy relationship.
Sleep is like pressing the reset button on your brain, helping you to feel rested and ready for the next day. This handout will give you tips on how to get the sleep you need to face the day.
The HPV vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from getting human papillomavirus (HPV). In this handout, you will learn why the HPV vaccine is important. You will also learn about when you should get the vaccine and side effects of the vaccine.
Devices with screens are a part of everyday life. But spending too much time on those devices can take time away from things you enjoy. It can also have serious effects on your health. In this handout, you will learn tips for cutting back on screen time. You will also learn how spending too much time in front of a screen affects you.
Having a healthy smile can help you look and feel your best. In this handout, you will learn how to brush and floss properly for a healthy, bright smile. You will also learn when to schedule regular visits with a dentist.
Practicing mindfulness is a way to be present in your everyday life, whether it’s at school, at home or out with friends. In this handout, you will learn about mindfulness and how it can help you feel less stressed and live in the moment every day.
Playing sports is a great way to have fun and keep your body in good shape. It’s important to protect yourself as best you can so you can keep playing the sports you enjoy. In this handout, you will learn tips to help prevent sports injuries.
Even though it’s common to see people text and drive, it’s very dangerous to you, your friends, family and others around you. In this handout, you’ll learn tips that can help keep you and others safe on the road. You’ll also learn what happens if you get caught texting and driving.
Drinking water is key to helping your body look and feel at its best. In this handout, you will learn tips on how to drink more water throughout the day. You will also learn some fun apps that can help you drink water and learn more about your water drinking habits.
Building healthy bones in your teen years lets you do the things you enjoy, like sports and staying active. It also sets you up for good bone health for the rest of your life. In this handout, you will learn why building good bone health in your teen years is so important. You will also learn tips to build good bone health.
Using the Internet for homework and for fun is common and normal. But, when your time online takes away from homework, time with friends and family or other things you enjoy, it’s called Internet addiction. In this handout, you will learn tips to cut down on the time you spend online or on mobile apps.
Fast food is a popular choice on the go, but it’s not something you should eat every day. This handout will give you tips on making smart choices when it comes to fast food. It will also tell you what happens to your body if you eat fast food too often.
Caffeine is a substance found in many drinks and foods. Having some caffeine can help you stay awake and focused, but too much can make you feel jittery, anxious or cause headaches. In this handout, you will learn how much caffeine is okay to drink during the day. You will also learn tips to help you cut back on caffeine.
Protecting your skin from the sun in your teen years can help keep your skin looking its best now. Protecting your skin also helps prevent wrinkles, dry skin and skin cancer. In this handout, you will learn how to protect your skin now so it looks its best now and as your get older.
Every teen deals with some level of stress. School starts early and days can be full of things to do, like homework, after-school sports, clubs or a job. It’s easy to feel stressed with everything you have going on. In this handout, you will learn helpful tips to reduce your stress.
It’s normal to feel hungry in between meals. Not all snacks are healthy, so it’s important to add healthier snacks into your diet. In this handout, you will learn what makes a snack healthy. You will also learn different types of healthy snacks that you can have between meals and when you’re on the go.
Self-esteem consists of the thoughts and feelings we have about ourselves. Your self-esteem can change, but having high self-esteem most of the time can help you feel happier and more satisfied with life. In this handout, you will learn traits of people with low and high self-esteem. You will also learn tips to boost your own self-esteem.
Teens are exposed to lots of noise, whether it’s from listening to music, mowing the lawn or playing in a band. It’s important to protect your hearing now so you don’t have hearing loss now or as you get older. In this handout, you will learn tips to protect your hearing so you can keep doing the things you love.
You spend time taking care of your hair, skin, teeth and other parts of your body. It’s easy to take your feet for granted, but your feet are an important part of your body that let you do things you enjoy. In this handout, you will learn tips to care for your feet and about common foot problems that many teens have.
Processed foods are an easy choice when you’re on the go, but you should only eat them as an occasional treat. In this handout, you will learn what processed food is and how it affects the way you look and feel. You will also learn helpful tips to cut back on processed foods and add more whole foods into your diet.
Everyone needs some sodium, or salt, in their diet to stay healthy. But too much sodium can cause bloating, weight gain and heart problems, even in teens your age. In this handout, you will learn what happens to your body if you eat more sodium than your body needs. You will also learn tips to help you be smart when it comes to foods with sodium.
Only half of campus clinics felt they could handle diabetes care, and many don't identify students with needs
Wall Street Journal article quotes Mark Goldstein, MD, of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that the HPV vaccine should be given routinely to boys ages 11-12 years.
Kathryn S. Brigham, MD, of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, answers questions about HPV vaccination.
ABC News article quotes Mark Goldstein, MD, of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
MGHfC Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
MassGeneral for Children Weight Management Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital: Appointments can be made at either 617-643-1201 or 617-243-6585.
Adolescent Medicine physicians hold weekly evening clinics at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Please call 617-243-6800 to make appointments for these sessions.
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