Adolescent Medicine

Lurie Children’s Division of Adolescent Medicine provides medical and mental health services for children and adolescents up to age 25. We provide a range of services for individuals, including primary care, behavioral health services, and gender and sex development care. We also provide community-based trainings and education.

Our team works closely with the specialists in the Gender and Sex Development Program.



Our entire staff is dedicated to comprehensively evaluating and treating adolescents and young adults. The highly-experienced team  includes:

  • Pediatricians
  • Clinical psychologists and a psychiatrist
  • Researchers
  • Support staff

Our team also works closely with other Lurie Children’s specialists and divisions in pediatrics including, but not limited to:

The division is led by Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, who is board-certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Dr. Garofalo also directs Lurie Children’s Adolescent/Young Adult HIV Program, the Division of Adolescent Medicine, and the Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention through Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.


We provide comprehensive care, taking time to answer patients’ and families’ questions to make sure everyone is comfortable with the treatment plan, and we also suggest other resources and support. Our services are available at the main hospital and Lurie Children’s Outpatient Centers in Lincoln Park and Uptown.

Our programs and services include:

We are also actively leading or participating in many research studies through our close ties to the Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention. Learn more about our research. 


Your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact Lurie Children’s Foundation at, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.

Growing Up Trans:
A FRONTLINE Documentary

In Growing Up Trans, a 90-minute special on PBS, FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey into the lives of transgender patients in our Gender and Sex Development Program.

Watch the full documentary online.

While we believe in providing safe and effective care for our patients, the long-term consequences of some of the treatments are still unknown. Visit to read an article in which our doctors discuss the risks and reasoning behind our care.

Our Patients & Families
Tell Their Stories

Patients and families from the Gender and Sex Development Program were featured in the FRONTLINE documentary, Growing Up Trans. They also  shared their personal stories with us on our blog. Visit the links below to read their posts.

​Award Winning LGBT Care

In 2017, our program earned the Business Leadership Award from Equality Illinois, an organization dedicated to advancing equal treatment and social justice through education, advocacy and protection of the rights of the LGBT community. Watch the video below to learn about award.

Recognized Leader in

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation recognized Lurie Children's as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” based on our top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate our commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families.

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