Pediatric-Adolescent Gynecologist Joins Jefferson and Nemours/DuPont to Head Up New Program

Pediatric-Adolescent Gynecologist Joins Jefferson and Nemours/DuPont to Head Up New Program

Dr. Beth Schwartz, M.D., is leading an inclusive multidisciplinary clinical program in pediatric and adolescent gynecology to treat girls and young women with problems or questions that they may not see satisfactorily addressed by their pediatrician or adult OB-GYN.

Schwartz will see patients at both Jefferson Health in Philadelphia and Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Schwartz join our team and add her specialization in pediatric and adolescent gynecology to our robust offering to patients in the Philadelphia area,” William Schlaff, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jefferson, said in a press release.

Schwartz finished her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Jefferson, earning a fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where she worked as a faculty member. While in Cincinnati, Schwartz participated in the interdisciplinary care of young women who suffered from complex medical and surgical disorders, while lecturing on reproductive health in teenagers with special needs and children with malformations of the uterus and anorectal tract.

Besides her clinical responsibilities, Schwartz is conducting research on finding ways to enhance the standard of care in pediatric gynecology, based on evidence from her own practice. Her areas of research interest include non-contraceptive uses of intrauterine devices, diagnosis of adnexal torsion, and other innovative ways to assess heavy menstrual flow in adolescents.

Pediatric gynecology is a recent sub-specialty in medicine and focuses on providing care and surgery for those who are born with genital abnormalities, teenagers with hormonal or menstrual problems, disorders like endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome, or girls growing up with specific needs that require special care.

“I love working with kids and teenagers,” Schwartz said. “They’re honest to a fault and funny, and often they just want to have their concerns heard.”

Those who seek this type of doctor should also have their first standard gynecological visit early in puberty, usually between the ages of 13 and 15, according to the recommendations of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). For these patients, examinations are generally not as invasive as in adult patients; for example, they usually don’t include a pelvic exam.

For those interested in booking an appointment, call 215-955-5000 or contact Edyta Zielinska at 215-955-5291 or email her at edyta.zielinska@jefferson.edu.

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