Adolescent Medicine at Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital: An Overview
Heather Needham, MD, MPH, FAAP
The Department of Pediatrics at MMC has added an adolescent medicine specialist to address the health concerns of adolescents and young adults in the community. Adolescence is a time of tremendous growth in a young person’s life. Pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults go through biological, psychological, and social changes, and it can often be a difficult transition to adulthood. We will be providing the following services to assist in the transition from childhood to adulthood. Comprehensive care for adolescents with an emphasis on reproductive health care including gynecological exams, STI screening and treatment, birth control, and pregnancy testing/ counseling. We will address menstrual disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. In addition, we will also assist in the care of the medical complications of eating disorders, mood changes, problems at home/ school, substance abuse, and teen parenting.
The adolescent clinic has a dedicated social worker and will work closely with the child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists at MMC.
Dr. Heather Needham is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine, and she completed her residency training in Pediatrics at USC as well. Dr. Needham completed a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine – Texas Children’s Hospital, and simultaneously received her Master in Public Health from the University of Texas at Houston, Health Sciences Center. Dr. Needham is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, and is board certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
The adolescent clinic will primarily be based at the 7Th Avenue MMC clinical site, 6323 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Clinical sessions will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings. For appointments, please call 718-283-6980. One adolescent clinic session will also be held on Thursday afternoons at the 57th Street Pediatric clinic, 1301 57th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219. For appointments, please call 718-283-3640.
We look forward to helping in the care of the adolescent and young adult patients in our community.