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Who We Are

The academic Section of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics of New York Medical College consist of five physicians: Drs. Monique M. Regard, Kelly M. Robinson, Marcia J. Nackenson, Wallace R. Jenkins, Jr. and Gilberto A. Velez-Domenech, the section chief. Our faculty practice partnership is Children's and Women's Physicians of Westchester, L.L.P. We provide excellent primary medical care to adolescents and young adults between the ages of 11 and 24 years in close coordination with an experienced team of consultants in every pediatric and surgical sub-specialty and the allied fields of psychology, psychiatry, nutrition, physical therapy and occupational therapy. In addition to providing primary medical care to adolescents and young adults, we offer sub-specialty care in adolescent and young adult medicine and pediatric and adolescent gynecology in conjunction with the patient's primary care provider. Our primary hospital affiliation is with the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. We are also affiliated with Saint Vincent's Hospital in Westchester County and Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, Metropolitan Hospital Center and Saint Vincent's Hospital in New York City.


What is Adolescent Medicine?

Adolescent medicine is a health care sub-specialty of pediatrics based on the unique physical, psychological and social characteristics of adolescents and their associated health problems and needs. Several professional organizations recognize health care providers primarily interested in adolescent health. Among them, The Society for Adolescent Medicine established in 1968, in Washington, D.C. and The Section on Adolescent Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics, founded in 1978 are considered the pioneers. The American Medical Association recognized Adolescent Medicine as a sub-specialty in 1978 and The American Board of Medical Specialties did so in 1991. The American Board of Pediatrics administered the first certifying examination in adolescent medicine in 1994, when 209 candidates were certified. Two additional examinations have been administered, yielding a current total of 389 individuals certified in adolescent medicine. A significantly smaller number of individuals have been certified in adolescent medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine via the conjoint examination process.


Why Adolescent Medicine?

Adolescent medicine specialists use a developmentally focused and culturally sensitive approach in the evaluation of teenagers and young adults. While the basic components of the health assessment of the adolescent are the same as those for a child or an adult, the content is different. It even varies as adolescents progress through the different developmental stages of adolescence. Experimentation and exploration characterize early adolescence. In contrast, late adolescence is concerned with achievement of autonomy and vocational and career decisions with little or no assistance from parents. Between these two ends of a very dynamic process the middle adolescent often vacillates between strong ties to peers and the need for parental support, while coping with an emerging and often troubling sexuality.


Contact Information

Telephones
(914) 594-3335 Administrative Office
          (914) 593-8899 Practice Office
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(914) 594-4966 Administrative Office
          (914) 593-8801 Practice Office
Practice address
19 Bradhurst Avenue - Atrium Level, Suite 800 - Hawthorne, NY 10532 Telephone (914) 593-8899
Administrative address
Munger Pavilion, Room 112 - Valhalla, NY 10595
Electronic mail
Adolescent_Medicine@nymc.edu

 
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