Adolescent Medicine

The Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine provides comprehensive care for youth aged 10 to 25.  Our aim is to provide high quality medical care to youth throughout the adolescent years, with a focus on respecting individuality, supporting physical and emotional growth and development, and educating and empowering teens to ultimately take ownership of their healthcare and life decisions.   

We have several programs and services available to teens throughout the CHOP Network.

What We Do

  • Management of adolescent issues related to complex chronic medical conditions
  • Menstrual problems (absent, irregular, heavy or infrequent menstrual bleeding)
  • Menstrual problems due to chronic diseases, such as bleeding disorders
  • Gender identity and sexual development issues
  • Care for HIV positive youth and those at risk of acquiring HIV
  • Contraception, including in adolescents with complicated medical problems
  • Pre-procedure counseling for and placement of long-acting reversible contraception
  • Delayed puberty/delayed sexual development
  • Endometriosis (when the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, often producing pain)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (which can affect a woman’s hormone levels, periods and ovulation)
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing and treatment
  • Eating and feeding disorders
  • Supporting diagnosis and medical management of uncomplicated depression and anxiety
  • Hirsutism (excessive, male-pattern hair growth on women)
  • Placement of long-acting reversible contraception
  • Colposcopy
  • Exam under anesthesia for foreign bodies
  • Examinations for adolescents with physical or developmental disability
  • Surgical evaluation or management of ovarian cysts
  • Vulvar lesions
  • Congenital anomalies of the female genital tract
  • Chronic pelvic pain

Our Team

The physicians in our division promote an environment that recognizes adolescents' need for confidentiality and trust, while also collaborating with family members and significant others.