Adolescent and Transition Medicine

Significant Accomplishments

Transgender Health Program Launched

We have launched a new program to provide evidence-based, comprehensive care to this vulnerable group of adolescents in a safe and welcoming environment. Data from national studies and our Teen Health Center show that 7 to 9 percent of teens report being attracted to both or the same gender. Although some of our care providers were delivering these services in an informal manner in the past, we worked with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to formalize these services. Lee Ann Conard, RPh, DO, MPH, is working with several divisions, including Endocrinology and Child Psychiatry, to provide comprehensive services for these patients and their families.

Transition Medicine Program Supports Young Adult Patients

As more children grow up surviving pediatric disorders, demand has grown for specialized care for these children once they become adults. Several studies have demonstrated significantly improved outcomes for young adults when they continue on pediatric protocols. In fact, Cincinnati Children’s already treats many young adults with complex medical problems from childhood. In FY 2010, our medical center experienced more than 21,000 encounters with patients ages 19 to 21 and more than 17,000 encounters with patients over 21. Our growing Transition Medicine program provides inpatient and outpatient care to youth with special health care needs, including accessible and developmentally appropriate health care, risk screening, self-management promotion and psychosocial support. Our team includes care managers, social services, a research team and three faculty members: Abigail Nye, MD, who completed a combined MED/PED residency and fellowship in Transition Medicine in Cincinnati; Jennifer Shoreman. MD, who completed a MED/PED residency and Cardiac Failure/Transplant fellowship at Indiana University; and Darcey Thornton, MD, who completed a combined MED/PED residency in Cincinnati and a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Texas Children’s.