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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.

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:

Primary Care

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 West in 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.

Specialty Care

We provide consultative care to patients for problems including:

  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Pelvic pain
  • Developmental issues occurring during adolescence
  • Weight management

Subspecialty care is provided at our main office in the Yawkey Building in Boston, as well as Mass General West in Waltham, MGH North in Danvers, Newton Wellesley Hospital, and the MGH Adolescent and Young Adult practice in Cambridge.

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 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.

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.

Locations

MGH Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Practice at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

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.

MGH Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Consultation Practice at Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Adolescent Medicine physicians hold consultative sessions for subspecialty care at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Please call 617-243-6800 to make an appointment. 

MGH Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Consultation Practice at Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care

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.

MGH Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Practice in Cambridge

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. 

MGH Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Practice at Mass General West in Waltham

Adolescent Medicine physicians hold sessions at Mass General West 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. 

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.

Worried About a Moody Teen?

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Teens Use Facebook, YouTube to Educate Peers About Sexual Health

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In Quest to Explain Shootings, Probing Mental Illness

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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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