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Adolescent Medicine

MU Children's Hospital offers the only board-certified adolescent medicine physicians who practice outside of St. Louis and Kansas City. Our team of specialized physicians and other health care experts provides diagnostic and treatment services for young adults 12 to 22 years old in an age-appropriate setting. Physicians and other health care experts provide both primary care and referral adolescent medicine services.

Why Choose an Adolescent Specialist?

Adolescence is a time marked with significant growth and change as kids move from childhood to adulthood. This special time in a child's life is filled with major changes in physical maturity, cognitive processes, emotions and relationships with others. Addressing the healthcare needs of kids in this age group requires not only addressing specific health concerns, but also considering the complicated interactions of developmental changes on healthcare needs, treatment options and health education. Our physicians are board-certified in adolescent medicine and belong to the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Additionally, each physician has years of clinical experience and expertise in the specific medical issues that can often appear during this time in a child's life.

Adolescent Diabetes and Obesity (ADOBE) Program 

The mission of the ADOBE Team is to help families learn how to make physical activity and healthy food choices a part of their everyday life.

The ADOBE program at MU Children's Hospital takes a multispeciality approach to the treatment of children with obesity and endocrine disorders. Our team works with children and their families to learn how to develop healthy lifestyle habits in nutrition and physical activities. We provide medical evaluations, nutritional counseling, access to physical activities and resources, and behavioral psychology services to encourage our youth to stay healthy.

The team also works with children and adolescents who have, or are at risk for, type 2 diabetes to educate them about the importance of nutrition and lifestyle choices. Patients with type 2 diabetes also receive appropriate diabetes education, diabetes-specific resource materials and diabetes health monitoring.

Common Health Care Needs of Our Patients


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