Puccio, MD, chief
The Division of Adolescent Medicine is the Pediatrics
Department’s newest division headed by Dr. Joseph Puccio, who was trained in
Adolescent Medicine at Children’s
Los Angeles in
Dr. Puccio has a strong interest in caring for teens at highest risk.
His research has explored ways to provide care to teens using modern technology.
Dr. Puccio’s research
The Use of Cell
phone Reminder Calls for Assisting HIV-Infected Adolescents is expected to
be published in June 2006 in
AIDS PATIENT CARE & STDs.
The Division provides primary care for adolescents ages 12
The mission of the division
is to provide services to reduce or prevent high risk behaviors. Adolescent
Medicine primary care includes a comprehensive psychosocial component to screen
for high risk behaviors and educate teens in order to prevent future high risk
behaviors. Additional services offered include gynecological care, female and male
family planning services, substance abuse screening, sexually transmitted
disease screening and treatment including oral HIV testing, screening and
treatment for various mental health issues like ADHD, ADD, depression, and
anxiety and medical care for patients with eating disorders including obesity.
Adolescent Medicine and the
for Autism provide comprehensive sexual education and related medical care for
any teen with developmental delay. Services also include individual counseling
and group counseling exploring appropriate and inappropriate sexual behaviors.
In the near future, Adolescent Medicine will be accepting
patients enrolled in the Family Planning Benefit Program sponsored by NYS. This
program will cover males and females for sexually transmitted infections
screening and treatment, gynecological care and family planning services.
Currently Dr. Puccio is investigating educating males about
responsible sexual healthcare including testicular examinations.
If you know of any males ages 12 through 24
that may be interested in this study please contact Dr. Puccio at 631.444.2730
Adolescent Medicine Services are offered at
33 Research Way in
Setauket and at 2701 Sunrise Highway in Islip Terrace.
You can contact Dr. Puccio at 631.444.2730 for any additional
information about the services offered through the Division of Adolescent