About Adolescent Medicine
The members of the adolescent medicine division care for 11 to 17-year-old males and females for a variety of teen issues including family planning, menstrual problems, emotional and behavioural problems and eating disorders.
The division members also work closely with other pediatric clinics to provide adolescent services to youth with chronic illnesses and disability.
The Eating Disorder Program is the largest outpatient program in Ontario and offers interdisciplinary assessment for children and teenagers up to and including 17 years of age, who have, or may have, an eating disorder. Treatment is offered for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and related illnesses. Services available include medical consultation and monitoring, nutritional counseling, individual, family and group therapy.
Several research projects are currently underway in the Adolescent Medicine division, including a study on outcomes in pediatric eating disorders, transition care in pediatric diabetes and the burden of eating disorders in undergraduate medical students.
Members of the Division of Adolescent Medicine are actively involved in post-graduate and undergraduate medical education.
Dr. Sheri Findlay
Acting Chair/Interim Chief, Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Christina Grant
Associate Chair, Education
Dr. Natasha Johnson
Dr. Allison Rodrigues
Welcome Dr. Allison Rodrigues
In August 2016, The Division of Adolescent Medicine was pleased to welcome the arrival of our newest faculty member, Dr. Allison Rodrigues. Clinically, Dr. Rodrigues will be working in the area of eating disorders and and in the Pediatric Chronic Pain Program. (Learn more about Dr. Allison Rodrigues).
Applying research to improve adolescent health
"You really can't be scared of tackling the thorny issues if you're working with this population," says Dr. Natasha Johnson. The population she works with is teens. These issues include pubertal development, mental health issues, eating disorders, chornic illness, transition into adult care, and sexual health issues. (Read the Interview with Dr. Johnson: Caring For Teens)
What's Happening in Adolescent Medicine?
The January 2013 issue of the Department of Pediatrics' quarterly Academic Newsletter focuses on the Division of Adolescent Medicine.
The publication highlights the new intensive Eating Disorder program at McMaster Children's Hospital that opened in January 2013.
(Read the newsletter: Adolescent Medicine - Eating Disorder Program)
Did You Know...
The pediatric subspecialty of Adolescent Medicine was founded and developed at McMaster? After establishing the Division at McMaster, Dr. Sheri Findlay and her colleagues successfully advocated with the Royal College to have it designated as a recognized discipline.
In recognition of her role, Dr. Findlay was given the Founders Designation in Adolescent Medicine in November 2011.
(Read the whole story: Extending Family-Centred Care)