Adolescent Primary Care Program

Lurie Children’s Adolescent Primary Care Program provides comprehensive primary care and consultative care to adolescents and young adults. New patients for primary care are accepted between 12-22 years of age and all patients are followed until their 25th birthday. Our holistic approach to care encompasses a range of primary care treatments and services, as well as psychosocial development assessments and counseling to help our patients make a safe and successful transition to adulthood.

Listed below are many of the services our team provides. Please call 1.800.543.7356 (1.800.KIDS DOC) with any questions about conditions or subject matter not represented on these lists.

Adolescent Care

  • Contraception and family planning, parenting information
  • Evaluation and management of ovarian cysts
  • Management of menstrual disorders, including absence of menses, irregular menstruation, PCOS, heavy or prolonged menses, and painful menses
  • Routine gynecologic care, including PAP smears when appropriate

General Care

  • Assistance with transitioning to adult care
  • Acne treatment
  • Evaluation of concerns related to puberty or development
  • Management of chronic health conditions
  • Nutrition assessment, including obesity screening
  • Routine risk evaluation and management of high risk behaviors, including substance use, violence exposure, unprotected sex
  • Routine screening for STD, and medical management of diseases, including HIV
  • School and work physicals, routine immunizations
  • Sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment
  • Screening and supportive management for depression and other mental health issues

Screening & Counseling

  • Bullying  and victimization
  • Communication with peers and family
  • Developing coping skills
  • Healthy relationships
  • Sexuality and sexual health
  • Screening for risk-taking behaviors
  • Screening for substance abuse; support for smoking cessation

Lurie Children’s does not have an eating disorder program. Patients and families interested in treatment options can contact the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

The Lurie Children's Difference

Our unique and holistic approach to supporting patients gives us a more complete picture of our adolescent patients’ overall health – mentally and physically. We encourage our patients to engage with their healthcare and well-being, and we emphasize healthy communication and relationships.

Our specialists are highly qualified in adolescent health primary care concerns, while also specializing in supporting adolescents who are living HIV, are gender-nonconforming or transgender, engaged in substance use, need medication management, or experience bullying. The range of our services and expertise helps ensure our patients are receiving the compressive and care that meets their needs.

Our Specialists

Lisa Simons, MD, is a physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine and an Instructor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric training at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and her adolescent medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her clinical interests include health care for gender nonconforming youth, HIV prevention and treatment and health care for homeless youth.

Maria Rahmandar, MD  is an attending physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Lurie Children's Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She attended Princeton University (BA), Baylor College of Medicine (MD), Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Pediatric Residency) and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Adolescent Medicine Fellowship). Her clinical interests include adolescent substance use, mental health and long-acting birth control (implants & IUDs). 

Najah Senno Musacchio, MD, is an attending physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She is board-certified in Pediatrics. She completed her pediatric training and fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital. Her clinical interests include adolescent mental health.

Jennifer Jensen, RN, MSN, CPNP, is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. She has been on staff at Lurie Children’s (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) since 2001. After having worked with HIV infected and affected adolescents and young adults in the Division of Special Infectious Diseases for more than 14 years, she joined the Division of Adolescent Medicine in December 2015. Jennifer received her BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a nurse practitioner fellowship in Adolescent Health at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in June 2001. Her clinical interests include general adolescent health as well as providing care for gender non-conforming and transgender youth.

Make an Appointment

Our services are available at the Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park and the Outpatient Center in Northbrook. New patients for primary care are accepted between 12-22 years of age and all patients are followed until their 25th birthday.

If you’d like to request a first-time appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®).

Philanthropy

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 foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500