The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine provides comprehensive primary, consultative, and specialty care to adolescents and young adults. We accept new patients for primary care between 12-22 years of age. All patients are followed until their 25th birthday.
We offer a range of medical and mental health services for individuals, including:
Gender and sex development
Mental health in primary care
Community outreach and education services
The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine provides comprehensive primary care and specialized programming created to meet the unique needs of adolescents and young adults. Browse our list of programs to learn more about our expert-led initiatives.
Division faculty and staff provide compassionate and comprehensive care centered on the health needs specific to youth. Our team, specializing in adolescent health, wellness and development includes:
Education and outreach specialists
Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH | Division Head, Pediatrician(he/him) Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, is board-certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Dr. Garofalo also directs Lurie Children’s Adolescent/Young Adult HIV Program and the Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV Prevention through the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute. He is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a national expert on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health issues, as well as adolescent sexuality and HIV infection. Dr. Garofalo provides direct clinical care as a member of this team.
The Division is committed to improving the health and wellness of Chicago area youth, both inside and outside of our clinic space. Our content experts create and support educational, advocacy and programming initiatives within schools and communities to amplify the voices of young people and ensure that youth are provided with the support that they need and deserve.
The Center for Gender, Sexuality & HIV Prevention is the behavioral research arm of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. Our behavioral research focuses on improving the health and wellness of adolescents and young adults.
The Center conducts multiple national behavioral research studies annually with a focuses on sexual health, gender, sexuality, fertility, HIV prevention, behavioral health and more.
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.
Growing Up Trans
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 now.
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.
Your support is vital 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 e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312.227.7500.