Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics

Adolescent Medicine

Through the partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Feinberg School of Medicine’s Division of Adolescent Medicine is dedicated to education and training related to general adolescent primary and consultation care, gynecologic care from birth to 24 years and transition consultations for adolescent with special healthcare needs. Aside from Adolescent Primary Care, this growing division includes specialty programs supporting Gender and Sex Development and HIV Care and Treatment, Adolescent Behavioral Health Services, Fertility Preservation and Behavioral Research. We are grounded in the broad mission of Lurie Children’s to be leaders in healthcare delivery, research, education, and advocacy and our multidisciplinary team ensures that youth across the Chicago region receive comprehensive and affirming care. 

"We combine specialty clinical programs and primary care with expertise in behavioral research and community engagement to ensure that the unique needs of the youth we serve are met. Our Division members are committed to providing exemplary and innovative care while continuing to grow and expand the scope of services and programming offered in Adolescent Medicine."

Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH
Division Chief, Adolescent Medicine

What We Do

Patient Care

Feinberg faculty members provide services through Lurie Children’s Adolescent Medicine program. The Division of Adolescent Medicine has developed specific programs in order to provide holistic and comprehensive care. The division offers:
  • Adolescent Behavioral Health Services
  • Fertility Preservation
  • Gender & Sex Development Program
  • Behavioral Research
  • Adolescent Primary Care
  • Community Programming
  • Sexual Health Education
  • Outreach and Advocacy
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Research

Since September 2010, Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, Lisa Kuhns, PhD, and their research team have secured over $15.3 million in research funds from federal, state and local institutions for topics related to the Adolescent Medicine specialty. We work closely with the Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention Center on many projects to improve the lives of high-risk adolescent and adult populations. View our publications feed.
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Education

Medical students, residents and fellows in the division’s program learn about general adolescent primary and consultative care, newborns and children with sex development conditions, gender nonconforming youth and adolescents, gynecologic care from birth to 24 years and transition consultations for adolescents with special healthcare needs.

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Advocacy

Division staff members are proud to partner with our community to ensure that youth across the Chicago region have the comprehensive support that they need. We have collaborated with medical, educational and nonprofit organizations to build LGBTQ inclusion and support. These efforts include trainings to more than 100 schools, businesses and organizations, comprised of more than 2,000 individuals, raising awareness and increasing understanding of LGBTQ inclusion. Staff have worked closely with elected officials to promote legislation that supports marginalized communities around Chicagoland and Illinois.
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