Is Thirteen Too Old for a Pediatrician?

Last updated on August 29th, 2015 at 05:53 pm

A board-certified, properly trained pediatrician offers the best medical care for all teens. Unlike other primary care providers, a pediatrician spends three to four years or more of intense study and preparation to take care of all kids — including adolescents. None of the other primary care doctors has this level of education and training in dealing with the unique problems of teenagers. The massive physical and emotional changes brought on by puberty aren’t seen in any other age group. Teens, despite their protestations, are not young adults — and there’s no benefit to switching from a pediatrician to an adult’s physician until they are!


About the Author

Dr. Mark Diamond is a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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5 Responses to “Is Thirteen Too Old for a Pediatrician?”

  1. As a pediatrician with special interest in adolescent medicine, I find that there is no place better for teens than my office. We provide age appropriate, compassionate care. As a pediatrician I have specific training in dealing with teenagers, who as we all know, are NOT just little adults.

  2. Racquel Charles says:

    Can I interview a pediatrician?

  3. Johnny Shi says:

    I really like they way you phrased this, “Teens, despite their protestations, are not young adults- and there’s no benefit to switching from a pediatrician to an adult’s physician until they are!”. I know when I was a teenager I had the same protestations. Now that I am older I understand that there was no benefit. The real challenge is getting them to see that a child’s doctor and a teenager doctor are the same.

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