The Adolescent Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is an outpatient resource designed to assist healthcare providers in the prompt assessment and care of adolescent patients. The Adolescent Center offers consultative services to patients between the ages of 12 and 21 years. Patients may be seen in offices at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Clinic, the North County Washington University Multispecialty Center or St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Shiloh, IL. Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) patients can only be seen at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Adolescent Medicine physicians care for a wide range of adolescent issues:
- Adolescent gynecologic, reproductive and sexual health issues including:
- Period problems (irregular periods, amenorrhea, painful periods, PCOS, abnormal/dysfunctional bleeding, need for menstrual suppression)
- Vaginal discharge/vulvar irritation and penile discharge
- STI and HIV screening/testing/treatment/counseling and prescription of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV)
- Birth control – comprehensive counseling and provision of all birth control options, including insertion of implants and IUDs
- Eating disorders and nutrition
- Drug, alcohol, and tobacco use prevention and counseling; however, we refer for substance use treatment
- Mild to moderate depression, stress, anxiety, psychosocial adjustments, self-esteem and sleep problems
- Psychosocially and/or medically complex patients who would benefit from care from an expert in adolescent health and development
To initiate a referral or to discuss concerns, patients, referring physicians or their staff:
Adolescent Center patients are seen by appointment only. After the appointment is scheduled, the patient and family will receive information and a reminder call about their upcoming visit.
Timely communication between the referring physician and the Adolescent Center is a priority. Following a comprehensive evaluation of the patient, Adolescent Center physicians will provide referring healthcare providers with a detailed assessment and treatment plan. An inclusive report summarizing diagnoses, tests, initial therapeutic recommendations, and a treatment plan will be shared. Our social worker and dietitian may also participate in the patients’ treatment plan.
We look forward to helping you care for your adolescent.
The mission of the SPOT (Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens) is to increase access to health care for youth who have been disproportionately impacted by HIV, poverty, trauma, and discrimination. In order to protect and promote the physical and mental health of those we serve, we must work together to dismantle institutional racism and injustice to address the root of these conditions. Together we have a responsibility to ensure that each day is safer and more just than the days before.
Pediatrics Transgender Center
The Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital is designed to be a safe and affirming space where kids and young adults can express who they are. When you make an appointment with us, we’ll take a personalized approach that addresses your specific needs.
Our mission is to provide all-encompassing care to kids and young adults who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary or genderqueer. Our team includes providers in psychology, psychiatry, endocrinology and adolescent medicine, among other professionals who focus on transgender health. We aim to make every patient feel heard and valued.