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Adolescent Medicine

Karen Soren, MD
Director, Adolescent Medicine

Adolescent Medicine provides the full range of healthcare services and programs for preteens and adolescents, ranging in age from 10 to 20 years of age. The health needs of this age group reflect important changes in the physical and psychological development that occur when a child reaches puberty. Our adolescent medicine specialists provide comprehensive care that not only focuses on the medical needs of these young adults, but also encompasses a keen understanding of the issues that can affect their emotional health.

Our large outpatient community adolescent practice, located in the Hospital's Ambulatory Care Network sites and at a number of school-based clinics, provides primary care and family planning services, including pregnancy testing and sexually transmitted disease screening and treatment. Physical examinations focus on concerns prevalent among teenagers: acne, early hypertension, obesity, eating disorders, asthma, sexual development, skin disorders, and abdominal pain. Our physicians also conduct gynecological examinations, showing particular sensitivity and understanding to young patients on their first visit. Confidential HIV testing and counseling are also available.

Adolescent Medicine also has a comprehensive mental health program, offering depression and anxiety screening, and referral for treatment as necessary. Psychosocial evaluations are performed to obtain information in a number of areas: home environment, behavioral problems, academic performance, exposure to violence, substance abuse, depression, and sexual activity. Our patients benefit greatly from the close interaction between pediatricians, nurses, social workers, and child and adolescent psychiatry professionals, which ensures a holistic approach to the adolescent's needs. In addition, our staff has particular expertise in parent and teenage child communication dealing with such issues as underage drinking, sexual activity, use of drugs, and peer pressure. Our staff is culturally sensitive, incorporating the values and beliefs of our patients when providing care.

Adolescent Medicine also provides consultation for adolescents who require hospitalization at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.

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Adolescent Medicine
(212) 305-8195
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