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Adolescent Medicine

The UC San Diego Adolescent Medicine program is designed to provide comprehensive health care to teenagers. Adolescence (ages 12-19) is a special time that brings about particular concerns for young men and women, as well as parents. Teenagers are often confronted with certain medical needs and emotional stresses that require understanding by specially trained professionals. It can be a confusing time for teens and their families.

The primary goal of the UC San Diego Adolescent Medicine clinic is to help teenagers take responsibility for their health by teaching them how to prevent disease and develop healthy behavior.

Clinics & Services

Our Clinical Services include:

  • Primary care for Adolescents
  • Sports physicals
  • Evaluation and intervention with drug/alcohol problems or eating disorders
  • Pregnancy prevention/family planning
  • Domestic/interpersonal violence
  • Depression/suicide intervention
  • Immunizations


Our Physicians are particularly specialized in Adolescent Medicine, in addition to medical training in general pediatrics and internal medicine. Board Certified in Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, our physicians have in-depth medical experience providing primary care to tweens and teens of San Diego, and a special interest in meeting the needs of adolescents today.

Joyce A. Adams, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine

Karen S. Loper, M.D.

Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics; Medical Director, Division of Adolescent Medicine