When your child needs specialized gynecologic care, Children's National Hospital has the experience and expertise to provide the most appropriate care for younger patients. Everything we do is focused on taking care of children and their families.
Program Director Veronica Gomez Lobo, M.D., is a nationally recognized leader in surgical and medical treatment of gynecologic abnormalities in children. Even newborns and small children with congenital anomalies (conditions present at birth) can be returned to normal growth and development with specialized care and procedures. Dr. Gomez Lobo is a board member for the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, is a recognized "best doctor" by multiple organizations and serves as the Director of Medical Student Education for Women's and Infants' Services at Georgetown University Medical School.
About Children's Pediatric Gynecology Services
Children's National is one of the nation's few hospitals with a dedicated program for infants, children, and teens with common and complex pediatric gynecological concerns. Our exceptional expertise in both pediatric gynecology and surgery also allows us to provide surgical treatment for rare conditions and anomalies most often or only seen in children.
The Pediatric Gynecology Program's multidisciplinary team includes nationally recognized experts in pediatric Gynecology, Urology, Endocrinology, Fetal Medicine, Oncology, Adolescent Medicine and Genetics. Because we care exclusively for children, you can be assured that Children's surgeons are among the most experienced in minimally invasive surgical treatments for children and teens with these conditions:
- Differences in sex development (a condition at birth affecting gender anatomy)
- Congenital and acquired genital anomalies
- Dilation for vaginal agenesis (the vagina did not develop completely)
- Emergency procedures for ovarian torsion
- Pelvic masses
- Müllerian anomalies or anomalies female reproductive system (uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix and vagina)
- Significant ovarian cysts and masses
- Vulvar lesions and masses
- Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome
Services for Patients and Families
The program coordinates care for patients with a range of surgical and non-surgical concerns, including menstrual concerns like heavy bleeding or irregular periods, hormonal imbalances, and pelvic pain. Because we care exclusively for children and teens, we also understand the psychological and emotional needs of younger patients.
Every girl experiences puberty in a different way and at a different age. When a girl develops too early, very late, or does not have regular periods (no regular period in more than three years from the development of breasts), our pediatric specialists help determine if an underlying medical condition is the cause of an irregularity. When your child needs more specialized gynecologic care, the program collaborates with doctors in related disciplines at Children's National, such as Hematology and Endocrinology, to diagnose and manage these conditions.
We also created multidisciplinary services to provide comprehensive, focused care for patients:
Children's National offers one of the few programs in the nation dedicated exclusively to the care of teens with menorrhagia. Children's Menorrhagia service brings together all of the necessary specialists, all in one place, for diagnosis and treatment of young women with this condition.
Our experience as a children's hospital also provides us with insight into how menorrhagia can impact a young woman's life, whether it's hanging out with friends, playing sports or going to school. We listen to a patient's concerns, and our team works individually with each young woman to develop a personal treatment plan that helps her return to her usual activities — and enjoy being a teenager.
Nicole Verdun, M.D., with Children's Hematology coordinates the menorrhagia service with an obstetrician and gynecologist who also specializes in pediatrics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which is located next to Children's National. This collaboration allows us to monitor a girl's reproductive health and ensure that as an adult, she has the option to see a physician who knows her medical history.
Patients also have access to pediatric specialists in more than 40 disciplines at Children's National, so you know your daughter will always receive the most appropriate care to help her manage her condition and avoid complications.
Hours and Appointments
Menorrhagia appointments can be scheduled for the first and third Tuesday afternoon of each month by calling 202-476-7060.
Children's National is the only hospital in the Washington, D.C., area participating in the Oncofertility Consortium, an interdisciplinary research network of doctors, scientists, and scholars with a shared goal to preserve fertility options for cancer survivors. We are one of the few hospitals nationwide with an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved process for ovarian tissue freezing (cryopreservation), a promising fertility preservation option for young women.
Working closely with the Oncology team, we offer full counseling for patients, educating and empowering families to make informed decisions about treatment. Children's doctors explain the age-appropriate options for fertility preservation so we can help protect patient choices about starting a family in the future.
The Consortium also created MyOncofertility.org, an online resource for patients and parents about the initiative and how to participate in related research. In addition, the site provides links to a wide range of national and local resources, including forums for patients and families affected by cancer to chat, share their personal stories and help one another.
Conditions Treated Through the Program
We provide sensitive and individual care for a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Androgen insensitivity syndrome
- Bladder exstrophy
- Congenital abnormalities of the genital organs
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
- Contraception for patients with complex medical conditions
- Delayed puberty
- Hymenal septum
- Imperforate hymen
- Lichen sclerosus
- Menstrual abnormalities
- Obstructed uterine horn
- Ovarian tubal torsion
- Precocious puberty
- Pediatric vulvovaginitis
- Pelvic masses
- Pelvic pain
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Pre-pubertal vaginal bleeding
- Turner syndrome
- Uterine inversion
- Vulvar cysts and abnormalities
- Vaginal agenesis
- Vater syndrome
- Vaginal and uterine sarcoma
- Vaginal septum
Continuity of Care
Also unique is our ability to monitor young women during their transition to adult care. This continuity of care is possible through a partnership with MedStar Washington Hospital Center, located next to Children's National. Dr. Gomez Lobo is one of the team members who cares for patients at both hospitals. This means that as an adult, your daughter has the option to see a physician who knows her medical history.
Please visit the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Fellowship page for more information on the collaborative effort of MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Children's National Hospital to train graduates of an ACGME-accredited obstetrics and gynecology residency in the gynecologic care of patients between birth and age 21.