Pediatric Gynecology Program
When your child needs specialized gynecologic care, Children’s National Medical 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.
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Program Director Veronica Gomez Lobo, MD 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.
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:
Clinic Services for Patients and Families
- Ambiguous genitalia (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
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:
Hours and Appointments
Pediatric Gynecology appointments can be scheduled for the 1st , 3rd, and 5th Monday of the month, and Thursdays from 1-5 pm. Call 202-476-2150, or 202-877-4099 to schedule an appointment.
Specialized Care for Disorders of Sex Development
- Menorrhagia appointments can be scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Tuesday afternoon of the month. Call 202-476-7060 to schedule an appointment.
PCOS appointments can be scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Call 202-476-3440 to schedule an appointment.
The clinic brings together specialists in urology, endocrinology, and genetics to address the unique concerns of children with Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) and their families. Clinic Director Veronica Gomez-Lobo, MD specializes in pediatric-adolescent gynecology, and works across departments to collaborate on a treatment plan that best meets the needs of each individual patient, including the possibility of surgical treatment and reconstructive procedures, and medical interventions such as hormonal therapy.
In addition to clinical and surgical care, Children’s National offers vital psychological support and counseling. Edgardo Menvielle, MD, MSHS directs Children’s Gender and Sexuality Development Program (GSDP), which provides outpatient psychosocial evaluations and therapeutic services for patients and their families. Dr. Menville has a national reputation for his expertise in the behavioral, emotional, and psychological concerns associated with disorders of sex development and gender-variance behaviors.
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 (MWHC), 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.
Conditions Treated Through the Program
We provide sensitive and individual care for a wide variety of conditions, including:
Androgen insensitivity syndrome
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
Contraception for patients with complex medical conditions
Obstructed uterine horn
Ovarian tubal torsion
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Pre-pubertal vaginal bleeding
Vulvar cysts and abnormalities
Vaginal and uterine sarcoma
To ensure that each patient receives the most appropriate treatment, patients with certain conditions may see physicians in other departments at Children’s National. Specifically, patients with breast masses should be seen by specialists in Children’s Division of General and Thoracic Surgery.
Assistance for cases of suspected sexual abuse is coordinated by the Freddie Mac Foundation Child and Adolescent Protection Center at Children’s National, the only medical facility in the Washington, DC, area dedicated to helping victims of abuse and their families.
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 Medical Center to train graduates of an ACGME-accredited obstetrics and gynecology residency in the gynecologic care of patients between birth and age 21. - Departments & Programs - Children's National Medical Center