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Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

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.

  • To schedule an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist, please call 617-643-1201.
  • For other pediatric specialties, please call 888-644-3248.

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 children with needs in the following areas:

  • Specialty care
  • Primary care
  • Eating disorders
  • Weight management
  • Down syndrome

Specialty Care

We provide consultative care to patients for problems including:

  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
  • Substance abuse
  • Depression
  • Developmental issues occurring during adolescence, including school avoidance and out-of-control behaviors
  • Weight management

In addition to the services above, we perform office gynecology including evaluation of irregular menstrual cycles, pelvic pain and birth control as well as evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted infection. Patients also present to the Division with chronic pain and fatigue complaints. 

Primary Care

Our physicians perform physical examinations and examinations for sports and school entrance with offices in the Yawkey Building as well as Mass General West in Waltham. Patients may obtain routine immunizations as well as those needed for international travel. We also counsel patients on healthy lifestyles and risk-taking behaviors.

Specialists in Eating Disorders

The Division works closely with other eating disorder specialists to provide comprehensive care for patients with anorexia or bulimia. We offer onsite nutritional consultation and referrals to the Child Psychiatry Service or Adult Psychiatry Service to provide the necessary counseling for patients with anorexia or bulimia. At MassGeneral for Children at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Adolescent Medicine physicians care for adolescent inpatients with eating disorders. The Division maintains close connections with the Klarman Center for Eating Disorders at McLean Hospital.

Weight Management Program

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.

Down Syndrome Clinic


We offer a monthly clinic for adolescent patients with Down Syndrome. At this consultative session, patients will have a complete medical review and referral to other Mass General specialists as appropriate.

Clinic at Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Adolescent Medicine physicians hold a weekly evening clinic at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Please call 617-243-6800 to make appointments for these sessions.

Consultation Clinic at MassGeneral/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care

Adolescent medicine physicians hold a weekly consultation clinic at MassGeneral/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers.

At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.

Adjustment Disorders

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

Amenorrhea is a menstrual condition characterized by absent menstrual periods for more than three monthly menstrual cycles.

Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder

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

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

Binge eating disorder is an illness that resembles bulimia nervosa and is characterized by episodes of uncontrolled eating or bingeing.

Bulimia Nervosa

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 (Yeast Infection)

Candidiasis, sometimes called moniliasis or a yeast infection, is an infection caused by yeast on the skin and/or mucous membranes.

Cervicitis

A painful irritation of the cervix, cervicitis often lasts several months or longer, sometimes occurring after childbirth or use of oral contraceptives.

Depression

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

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.

Eating Disorders

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

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mononucleosis, "mono," or glandular fever, is characterized by swollen lymph glands and chronic fatigue.

Menorrhagia

Menorrhagia is the most common type of abnormal uterine bleeding characterized by heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding.

Mental Health Disorders in Children and Teens

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

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral disease of the skin that causes small, pink or skin-colored bumps on the skin

Mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mononucleosis, "mono," or glandular fever, is characterized by swollen lymph glands and chronic fatigue.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

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

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 (PCOS)

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.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

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.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Most women experience some unpleasant or uncomfortable symptoms during their menstrual cycle.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Sexually transmitted diseases are infectious diseases transmitted through sexual contact.

Substance Abuse / Chemical Dependency

There are three different terms used to define substance-related disorders, including substance abuse, substance dependence, and chemical dependence.

Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections describe a health problem that results from a bacterial infection along the urinary tract.

Vaginitis

Vaginitis refers to any inflammation or infection of the vagina.

Vulvitis

Vulvitis is simply an inflammation of the vulva, the soft folds of skin outside the vagina.

Warts

Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by the papillomavirus.

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HPV Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions

Kathryn S. Brigham, MD, of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, answers questions about HPV vaccination.

HPV Vaccination for Boys

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.

MGHfC Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Suite 6D
32 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-643-1201
Fax: 617-724-0581

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

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.

Next Steps:

  • To schedule an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist, please call 617-643-1201.
  • For other pediatric specialties, please call 888-644-3248.
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