Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine

Adolescence can be a difficult time for a preteen, “tween” or teenager. The physical and emotional changes that occur during adolescence are often confusing for both you and your children. Because of the many changes that happen during the teen years, it helps to have a medical team who understands them.

At UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, our team of physicians and nurses specializes in the unique health needs of adolescent boys and girls, ages 10 to 18, and young adults up to age 24. Young adults are still in the process of physical development and psychological maturation. We serve as both primary care physicians and specialists for various conditions and issues.

Adolescent Conditions We Treat

Our doctors are pediatricians who have additional training in adolescent issues. They provide primary care, as well as consultations to other physicians and parents for special conditions, including:

  • Acne and common skin disorders
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Disorders of puberty
  • Eating disorders
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Preparticipation sports physicals
  • Risk-taking behaviors such as substance abuse
  • Routine gynecology including contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and issues with sexuality
  • Wellness visits
  • Problems at home or school

Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

If your child needs specialized gynecologic care, experts in our Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Specialty Clinic can help. They offer sensitive, care for complex gynecologic problems in infants, children and adolescents from birth through age 24.

Youth Gender Services

If your child needs specialized transgender or gender non-conforming care, experts in our Youth Gender Services Specialty Clinic can help. Our team customizes the care plan to the individual’s particular needs. Treatment options include assistance with exploration of gender identity, treatments that block puberty and hormone therapy for gender transition.

Adolescent Health Information

Do you have questions about your child’s development? Risk taking? Is your teen asking about peer pressure? Learn about these topics and more.

Take a teen health quiz.

Take an acne quiz.

Learn about age-specific concerns (sexual development, drug use, eating disorders and more).

Learn about female growth and development and male growth and development.

Learn about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), infectious diseases transmitted through sexual contact.

Put peer pressure in its place.


Appointments: 855-UMASS-MD

Children's Medical Center
University Campus
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655

UMass Memorial Medical Group at Northborough Crossing
333 Southwest Cutoff
Northborough, MA 01532

Children's Hospital Association 


Telephone: 774-442-2882