Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Adolescent Medicine

Through the partnership with Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children’s), Feinberg School of Medicine’s Division of Adolescent Medicine is dedicated to education and training related to general adolescent primary and consultation care, gynecologic care from birth to 24 years, and transition consultations for adolescent with special healthcare needs.  This growing division has a special interest in Gender and Sex Development, HIV Care and Treatment and Adolescent Medicine.


Medical students, residents, and fellows in the division’s program learn about general adolescent primary and consultative care, newborns and children with sex development conditions, gender nonconforming youth and adolescents, gynecologic care from birth to 24 years and transition consultations for adolescents with special healthcare needs.  This division offers a fellowship.


Since September 2010, Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, Lisa Kuhns, PhD, and their research team have secured over $6.8 million in research funds from federal, state, and local institutions for topics related to the Adolescent Medicine specialty. Currently open protocols include:

  • Crew450: Syndemic Development and HIV Risk Among Vulnerable Young Men (NIH)
  • Culturally Targeted and Individually Tailored Smoking Cessation Study: LGBT Smokers (NIH)
  • Life Skills: HIV Prevention Intervention for Young Transgender Women (NIH)
  • Project Engage: Network Supported Care for Young Black Men Newly Diagnosed with HIV (NIH)
  • Young Men’s Affiliation Project (YMAP) (NIH)
  • HIV Testing and Counseling (CDPH)
  • Testing Together-Couples-based testing and Counseling interventions
  • Violence and Victimization in Young Transgender Women (Ages 16-24) (NIH)
  • Translife Care Project Chicago House (HRSA)
  • Test Messaging to Promote Adherence Among HIV-Positive Youth Newly Starting ART (NIH)

Patient Care

Feinberg faculty members provide services through Lurie Children’s Adolescent Medicine program. The Lurie Children’s team is dedicated to helping teens and their families optimize health, successfully navigate adolescence, and transition care into adult health and community settings.  The Lurie Children’s Gender and Sex Development Program offers:

  • Services for gender development for youth and adolescents related to:
    • Children with gender-non conforming behavior
    • Gender-questioning and transgender youth
  • Services for sex development for newborns and children with sex development conditions
Robert Garofalo, MD

Robert Garofalo, MD
Division Head,
Adolescent Medicine

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Department of Pediatrics Division of Adolescent Medicine.


Visit our fellowship page to learn more about advanced educational opportunities in the Division of Adolescent Medicine.