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.
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
Assistance with transitioning to adult care
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
Sexuality and sexual health
Screening for risk-taking behaviors
Screening for substance abuse; support for smoking cessation
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.
Lisa Simons, MD, is a physician in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics-Adolescent Medicine at Northwestern University 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 and Young Adult 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).
Jennifer Jensen, RN, MSN, CPNP, is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult 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.
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.