Adolescent Primary Care Program

Lurie Children’s Adolescent Primary Care Program provides comprehensive primary care and consultative care to adolescents and young adults between the ages of 10 and 24. 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 on these lists.

Adolescent Care

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

General Care

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

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 holistic approach to evaluating our patients gives us a more complete picture of our adolescent patients’ overall health – mentally and physically. We encourage our patients to take responsibility for their healthcare and well-being, and we emphasize healthy communication and relationships. Our services for young men are also unique in the Chicago area.

Our specialists are highly qualified in typical adolescent health primary care concerns, but they’re also equipped to treat and counsel adolescents who have HIV, are gender-non conforming or experience bullying. The range of our services and expertise helps ensure our patients are receiving the care that is right and comprehensive for their unique circumstances.

Our Specialists

Mary E. Fournier, MD, MPH, is the clinical practice director for the Division of Adolescent Medicine. She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She is Instructor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include adolescent gynecology, risk behaviors, and primary care.

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.

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.

Make an Appointment

Our services are available at the main hospital and at the Lincoln Park Outpatient Center. New patients for primary care are accepted between 12-18 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®).

Research

HIV Management

We are one of the few HIV care and management providers in the city, and our focus on adolescents makes us uniquely qualified in our population. We are partnered with the Center for Gender, Sexuality & HIV Prevention to run several research studies focusing on adolescents with HIV. If you’d like to learn more or participate in one of our studies, please contact Lisa Kuhns at lkuhns@luriechildrens.org.

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.

Adolescent Primary Care Program