The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine provides a diverse program of primary care and consultative adolescent medicine. It provides in-hospital care for adolescents up to age 26 at Children’s Hospital, primarily through an inpatient consultation service which allows the division to work closely with medical and surgical professionals, including those in hematology/oncology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, urology, behavioral health, general surgery, and transplant medicine.
Each year, the division has about 7,500 outpatient visits, including approximately 4,100 visits to the Oakland office. Subspecialty clinics include pediatric and adolescent gynecology-focused sessions attended by a gynecologist, as well as insertion of longer-acting, reversible contraceptives. A nutritionist and several psychologists work collaboratively with the adolescent medicine clinicians and see patients in division offices. Clinical interests and expertise of the faculty include smoking cessation, trauma-informed care, sexual violence prevention, contraception in healthy and medically complex patients, pediatric and adolescent gynecology, eating disorders, transitional care for adolescents with chronic conditions, integrated behavioral health, polycystic ovarian syndrome, menstrual disorders, and gender and sexual development (including care for gender-fluid and transgender youth).
Community-based services include the provision of medical care to youth detained at the county’s juvenile detention center, the Shuman Center. The division provides health care to homeless youth and young adults in Allegheny County at multiple Family Links shelters, as well as the Gay and Lesbian Community Center and the Auberle Foundation’s 412 Youth Zone as part of a community-wide collaboration to increase services for unaccompanied youth. The Children’s Hospital Ronald McDonald House Care Mobile provides clinical services to children, youth, and families in underserved communities in the region. Two suburban hospital satellite locations are the sites of additional adolescent clinics (South Fayette in the south and Pine Center in the north). Ana Radovic provides medical care and leadership of the Carlow University’s Health Service and Loreta Matheo oversees the integration of adolescent and young adult care into the region’s Children’s Community Pediatrics practices.