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Adolescent Medicine Division

Shellie Yussman

Susan “Shellie” Yussman, M.D., M.P.H.,
Interim Chief

The mission of the Adolescent Medicine Division is to improve the health and health care of adolescents, young adults, and their families.


The Division offers accredited fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine. This training has a tripartite mission: to conduct research that will advance knowledge about the causes, prevention and treatment of adolescent health problems, to develop the next generation of academic leaders, and to provide specialized healthcare services to adolescents and their families. Division faculty are also active in teaching medical students and residents in Pediatrics and other specialties.

Patient Care

The Division offers subspecialty services at the Golisano Children's Hospital in the Ambulatory Care Center. In addition, division faculty lead clinical programs at Threshold Center for Youth, Rochester General Hospital and are actively involved with the community Eating Disorder Network and the Rochester Adolescent Maternity Program.


Adolescent medicine faculty have active clinical and/or health services research programs in prevention and treatment of adolescent health problems, reproductive health, tobacco control, obesity, eating disorders, adolescent brain development, the Internet, preventive health services and survey methods. For more information, please visit Adolescent Medicine Research.

Community Health

Public health practice is an important component of the Division's mission. The Division partners with New York State through Assets Coming Together for Youth (ACT for Youth), and also provides active technical assistance and continuing education for Maternal Child Health and related agencies as part of the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health training programs. Additionally, Division Faculty work actively with numerous community organization s providing technical assistance and program evaluation support.