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A Doctor Just for Girls

10/01/15

Beth Schwartz joins Jefferson and Nemours as a specialist in pediatric and adolescent gynecology to help families address girls’ needs from birth to early adulthood.

(PHILADELPHIA) – Heading up a comprehensive multidisciplinary program in pediatric and adolescent gynecology, Beth Schwartz, M.D., will treat young women and girls with concerns that may not be adequately addressed by their pediatrician and adult OBGYN. Dr. Schwartz will see patients at both Jefferson in Philadelphia, Pa. and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

“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 Philadelphia area,” says William Schlaff, M.D., Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Pediatric gynecology is a relatively new medical subspecialty focusing on providing care and surgery to children born with genital abnormalities, teenagers with hormonal or menstrual problems, disorders including endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome, and for girls growing up with special needs.

In addition to seeing a doctor for special concerns, the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends girls have their first normal gynecological visit at the start of puberty, between ages of 13-15. The examinations are less invasive than adult exams, usually not including a pelvic exam. 

Dr. Schwartz completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Jefferson and went on to a fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where she then served on the faculty. At Cincinnati, she participated in the multidisciplinary care of young women with complex medical and surgical conditions and has lectured on reproductive health in adolescents with special needs and malformations of the uterus and anorectal tract in children.

 “I love working with kids and teenagers,” says Dr. Schwartz.  “They’re honest to a fault and funny, and often they just want to have their concerns heard.” She works closely with parents of children at all ages to help them navigate potentially complicated subjects.

In addition to clinical duties, Dr. Schwartz also conducts research to study ways to improve the standard of care in her field based on evidence. Her areas of interest include non-contraceptive uses of intrauterine devices, diagnosis of adnexal torsion, and new ways to evaluate heavy menstrual bleeding in adolescents.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW or 215-955-5000.

For more information, contact Edyta Zielinska, 215-955-5291, edyta.zielinska@jefferson.edu.

About Jefferson — Health is all we do.

Our newly formed organization, Jefferson, encompasses Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, representing our academic and clinical entities.  Together, the people of Jefferson, 19,000 strong, provide the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educate the health professionals of tomorrow, and discover new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

Jefferson Health comprises five hospitals, 13 outpatient and urgent care centers, as well as physician practices and everywhere we deliver care throughout the city and suburbs across Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pa., and Camden County in New Jersey.  Together, these facilities serve more than 78,000 inpatients, 238,000 emergency patients and 1.7 million outpatient visits annually.  Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia.  Abington Hospital is the largest community teaching hospital in Montgomery or Bucks counties.  Other hospitals include Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Center City Philadelphia; Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia; and Abington-Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township. 

Thomas Jefferson University enrolls more than 3,900 future physicians, scientists, nurses and healthcare professionals in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), Jefferson Colleges of Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, Population Health and is home of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

For more information and a complete listing of Jefferson services and locations, visit www.jefferson.edu.