General Pediatric Care for the Whole Child
At NewYork-Presbyterian, experts in Child and Adolescent Health provide a wide range of primary care and specialty care for children, preteens, and adolescents, including dedicated programs for those aged 10 to 20. We understand how your child's health and development needs change. Our specialists provide comprehensive care that focuses on the health needs of young people and encompasses a keen understanding of the issues that can affect their emotional health.
Whether we are providing routine care or addressing the most complex health and development issues, we partner with you in shared decision-making to create a plan of care that uniquely addresses your child's needs, now and in the future.
About Our Program
NewYork-Presbyterian provides advanced and comprehensive pediatric care to meet children's health and wellness needs at every life stage. We take a personalized and holistic approach to pediatric care in which we view each patient as a whole person with physical and emotional needs and concerns.
At NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital, or through services available at our community sites and practices across the metropolitan area, our experienced Child and Adolescent Health physicians provide expert and compassionate care of children and adolescents. We provide preventive care, regular checkups, treatment of illnesses, routine vaccinations, and screening tests for children of every age. Our adolescent medicine specialists provide primary care and family planning services, including pregnancy testing and screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV testing and counseling, gender-affirming care, and young men's health services.
We offer outpatient health care for children and adolescents at several locations in the communities we serve. This includes school-based clinics and NewYork-Presbyterian's Ambulatory Care Network (ACN). Our community health programs include preventive care, primary care, and special programs promoting literacy, child advocacy, and youth development, among other services.
Through our multidisciplinary team approach, our physicians care for a range of patients, from healthy newborns to children with complex diagnoses, and establish continuity of care among specialists and primary care doctors.
Services We Offer
At NewYork-Presbyterian, our services address the individualized needs of children at every age:
Physicians see infants within the first days of life, providing a transition from the well-baby nursery to their primary care physician. We also offer lactation support both in person and via a telemedicine visit.
Pediatric Primary Care
Our pediatricians provide regular checkups, sick visits, preventive care, routine vaccinations, and screening tests. We provide mental health screening, support, and evaluation through our team of medical providers and social workers and direct care through our pediatric psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Our adolescent medicine specialists provide primary care and family planning services, including pregnancy testing and screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. Physical examinations focus on concerns prevalent among teenagers. Our physicians also conduct gynecological examinations and contraceptive counseling, showing particular sensitivity and understanding to young patients on their first visit. Confidential HIV testing and counseling are also available.
At NewYork-Presbyterian, our developmental-behavioral pediatricians have unique expertise in child development and behavior. Through the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) follow-up clinic and a number of our ACN clinical programs, they identify potential issues and provide appropriate management strategies, resources, and referrals, as well as extensive parenting guidance to optimize a child's ability to thrive in their family, community, and environment.
Inpatient Services include the academic hospitalist program, which provides family-centered inpatient care to children with various diseases, from standard, general pediatric illnesses to complex medical conditions with multi-organ system involvement. We also provide family-centered state-of-the-art care through the well-baby nurseries at multiple locations.
Through a partnership between the NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network, the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, and community organizations, Community Pediatrics aims to improve the health status of children and adolescents in the communities of northern Manhattan through partnerships between community and academic organizations, innovative pediatric training experiences, population health initiatives, and enhanced academic leadership.
Community Pediatrics programs are geared toward reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity, improving health literacy, breaking the link between poverty and poor health, preparing middle- and high school students for careers in biomedical science and medicine, incorporating early literacy into pediatric primary care, addressing mental health issues during the elementary school years, and reducing childhood asthma.
Specialized Pediatric Mental Health Care
NewYork-Presbyterian offers a comprehensive mental health program for children and adolescents, offering depression and anxiety screening and referral for treatment. Our patients benefit significantly from the close interaction between pediatricians, nurses, social workers, and child and adolescent mental health professionals, ensuring a holistic approach to their needs.
Our staff is culturally sensitive, incorporating the values and beliefs of our patients when providing care. We have healthy step specialists to support families' early healthy mental health development.
A Focus on a Healthy Weight
NewYork-Presbyterian offers special programs to help children and adolescents achieve and maintain a healthy weight while they are young. Our goal is to get them on the path to a healthy lifestyle, reducing their risk of complications that can develop in overweight children. Our centers are also among the handful of U.S. centers approved to offer weight loss surgery to obese adolescents.
Child Advocacy Centers
Through the NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the Child Advocacy Center provides care for children for whom there is a concern about maltreatmen. Specially trained faculty and staff evaluate and treat children who have experienced child abuse or neglect. Both inpatient and outpatient services are provided by a multidisciplinary team, in collaboration with law enforcement and governmental agencies as needed. We also offer Manhattan Child Advocacy Center/Safe Horizon services through a medical service agreement.
At NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the Child Protection Program evaluates children who are suspected victims of physical and sexual abuse by a multidisciplinary team approach. The Program was recently named an Associate of the National Children's Alliance, formalizing its role as a multiborough Child Advocacy Center.
Teen Age Parenting Program (TAPP)
The NewYork-Presbyterian & Weill Cornell Medicine Teen Age Parenting Program (TAPP) provides care for adolescent mothers and their babies at the same time. We help teenage parents with some of the problems they may have through a team approach.
Complex Care Program
The NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center's Complex Care Program was established in 2015 to facilitate better quality of care and better quality of life for children with medical complexity and their families. The program's faculty and staff members help families develop and manage a comprehensive care plan for their children.
Pediatric Community Health Worker and Care Manager Programs
At NewYork-Presbyterian, the Pediatric Community Health Worker (CHW) and Care Manager Programs support caregivers of children with special health care needs to understand and manage their child's condition and address clinical and social needs.
Bilingual CHWs are based in community-based organizations, allowing them to remain anchored in the community while maintaining a strong presence in the hospital, where they provide education and support to patients. Care Managers are based at clinical sites,
Young Men's Clinic
The NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center's Young Men's Clinic cares for boys and men aged 14 to 35. It offers a varied menu of services: general health care and treatment for minor injuries and illness; physical exams for sports, school, and work; counseling for stress, relationship issues, and other health concerns; referrals for educational and vocational services; and sexual and reproductive health care, including counseling and testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
Compass is a comprehensive program for transgender and gender-diverse children and adolescents in a safe, welcoming, and nonjudgmental space. Our services include: comprehensive and individualized needs assessment, mental health counseling, family support, collaboration with schools and other organizations, sexual and reproductive health counseling, puberty suppression, and gender-affirming hormone treatment. The Compass Program's interdisciplinary team includes an adolescent medicine specialist, social worker, psychiatric nurse practitioner, and pediatric endocrinologist.