The Adolescent Center provides primary care services to patients ages 12-22 and specialty care up to age 26. Offering a “medical home,” patients can choose their own doctor or nurse practitioner who will guide them through their adolescent years, working together to ensure a patient’s good health.

Teens and young adults often take good health for granted, but there are many health challenges during these years and adolescents need a doctor who understands their unique needs.

The AC strives to create a place where patients can feel safe; where they feel that their questions and concerns are respected; and where their right to privacy is protected.

Normally, it's easy to visit the doctor (for a school physical or when a patient feels sick), but at other times it can also be difficult, frightening, or embarrassing. Adolescent Center providers are here for patients when the questions get personal. Concerns like these are heard behind closed doors every day:

"I need help with my weight."
"Am I pregnant?"
"I always feel sad or alone - what's wrong with me?"
"I'm worried that I am HIV positive."
"I just can't take it at home anymore."

The health and well-being of patients goes beyond medical treatment – yes, the Adolescent Center treats sore throats, but it can also be a resource for things like:

  • Problems at home or in school
  • Feeling endangered in any way
  • No heat at home during the winter
  • Ensuring patients have food to eat and a safe place to stay at night
  • Access to job training programs and day care programs to help young mothers
  • College information

The Adolescent Center doesn’t just treat the symptoms of illness, it takes a broad view of what it means to be a healthy person and works to give patients the tools they need to live healthy, productive lives.

Refer a Patient

The Adolescent Center is dedicated to providing a high level of assistance to its physician colleagues both within BMC and outside of the BMC system. Whether for diagnostics, treatment, a single consultation, second opinion, or ongoing follow up, Boston Medical Center’s physicians will keep the consulting physician fully informed of the patient's treatment plan and coordinate long term management.

Since the Adolescent Center serves as a primary care site for patients, there are no referrals needed. However, if patients require confidential family planning visits, they can be referred to the Adolescent Center.

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Specialty Clinics

Pediatrics - Teen and Tot Program

The Teen and Tot Program (TTP) is a specialized program focused on adolescent pregnancy and parenting, located within Boston Medical Center’s Adolescent Center. Based on our 20+ year experience working with an at-risk/high risk, government dependent, school failure population, Teen and Tots aspires to become the leading center for excellence in caring for the whole teen parents and child, improving the health and wellness and changing lives through pregnancy and parent services. 

CATALYST Clinic

At Boston Medical Center, the Center for Addiction Treatment for AdoLescent/Young adults who use SubsTances (CATALYST) program helps teens and young adults who use alcohol or drugs. Our team provides access to a wide range of services including primary care, harm reduction, assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, psychiatry, psychotherapy, and recovery support for patients through age 25 and their families.

Treatments & Services

Nutrition counseling

You can meet with a dietitian to discuss healthy eating habits, weight management, cholesterol, diabetes and anemia management.

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Family Planning Program

Family Planning Counselors are here to educate patients on issues regarding their sexual and reproductive health. They are available to talk, answer questions, and help patients learn to advocate for themselves and their sexual well-being.

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Comprehensive Prenatal Education Classes

The Adolescent Center’s Teens & Tots Program offers a ten week prenatal education class free of charge in a friendly and welcoming environment. Each class focuses on different aspects of the newborn, targeted to the needs of teenage parents - both mothers and fathers.

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Social services: Housing, benefits, school, immigration, and family issues

The Adolescent Center has several bilingual social workers on staff, ensuring someone is always present to assist patients.

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Gender-affirming care (CATCH)

As part of the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, CATCH is committed to providing support and care to children, adolescents, and young adults across the gender spectrum. Whether you or your child identify as transgender, non-binary, or is gender exploring, our dedicated clinical team is here to assist you every step of the way.

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Other Services

Routine healthcare maintenance for all teens Sports and employment physical examinations Long-acting reversible contraception

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Our Team

Julia E Potter, MD

Associate Medical Director, Adolescent Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Adolescent Medicine, Adolescent contraception, Adolescent menstrual disorders, Adolescent addiction medicine, Adolescent primary care

Soukaina Adolphe, MD

Pediatrician
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Pediatric Primary Care

Sarah M Bagley, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Addiction Medicine

Mandy S Coles, MD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

All adolescent issues, Care for gender non-conforming youth, Reproductive health and contraception

Katherine K Hsu, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Sexually transmitted diseases and syndromes in adolescents and young adults, infectious diseases in adolescents and young adults, post-sexual assault care in adolescents and young adults, vaccine preventable diseases in adolescents and young adults

Natalie Joseph, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Adolescent Medicine Menstrual disorders, contraception, reproductive health, teen pregnancy and Parent, STI, Pediatrics, parent and adolescent communication

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Melissa T Nass, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

adolescents

Melanie N Fossinger, NP

Nurse Practitioner of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

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Patient Resources

Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care

We’ve enjoyed caring for you in our pediatrics department, but as you get older, our providers in adult medicine are best equipped to continue your care. This is why we help all of our pediatric patients transition to adult medicine by 23 years old.