Adolescent medicine is a specialized area of pediatric health care that addresses the wide-ranging physical and emotional issues of adolescents as they move through the challenging stages of their preteen, teenage and young adult years of development. These dramatic changes create a special need for pediatric healthcare physicians with specific adolescent medicine training, as well as adolescent-focused health research. Adolescent medicine specialists are trained to deal with varied areas, such as developing sexuality, dermatology, sports medicine, psychology, gynecology, orthopaedic issues, psychosocial issues, substance abuse and nutritional disorders.
Through the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cohen Children’s, we offer general care for adolescents and young adults, from ages 12 to 21 for:
- Acute care
- Chronic illnesses
We also offer a variety of specialized services, including:
Eating disorder treatment
The Eating Disorders Center (EDC) is a nationally recognized program for the treatment of adolescents and young adults with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Treatment is available in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Treatment addresses the bio-psychosocial needs of patients with eating disorders and is directed by an adolescent medicine specialist and a child and adolescent psychiatrist with additional staff consisting of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers and nutritionists.
The Eating Disorders Program at Cohen Children’s has been designated as a New York State Comprehensive Center for Eating Disorders. It is the only eating disorder program with inpatient, outpatient and day programs for adolescents in the New York metropolitan area.
Children and adolescents who are overweight are evaluated and treated by a team that provides specialized diets, counseling and medications.
The Division of Adolescent Medicine provides gynecologic services for adolescent females up to 21 years of age in a private, confidential manner. We treat and provide services for:
- Menstrual irregularities (including amenorrhea, dysfunctional uterine bleeding and dysmenorrhea)
- Delays in pubertal development
- Vaginitis and STDs
- Routine gynecologic examinations
- Screening for STDs
- Family planning/contraception pregnancy prevention
- HIV counseling and testing
Deaf health services
Primary care and specialized services are available to help teens and adolescents with hearing loss or impairment. Our pediatric healthcare team is able to communicate effectively with children who have special communication needs and will provide all the appropriate pediatric healthcare treatments that are necessary.
Chronic fatigue syndrome evaluation and management
Comprehensive medical and psychosocial evaluation and management is provided to children and adolescents.
School-based health services
The staff serves as school physicians for 10 high schools in two Nassau County school districts and leads a team of nurse practitioners and psychosocial/nutrition specialists in three comprehensive high school and middle school health centers in Queens.