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Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Pediatric and adolescent gynecology provides comprehensive, dedicated, age-appropriate care for the newborn through adolescent female. The reproductive health needs of prepubescent and adolescent females differ in many ways from adult women, and close attention to those needs is key to developing trust with younger patients.

Dr. Claudette Shephard
Claudette Shephard, MD

Under the direction of Dr. Claudette Shephard, the only fellowship-trained adolescent gynecologist in the region, the Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic provides comprehensive gynecologic services to girls and young women. Dr. Shephard and her staff are uniquely qualified to evaluate the reproductive needs of girls and teens, and they thoughtfully approach the medical and surgical management of problems that may have profound consequences on sexual development and future fertility.

More than 100 different physicians and groups around the region refer patients to Dr. Shephard. The referral network for the clinic covers West Tennessee, Northern Mississippi, Eastern Arkansas and the Missouri bootheel. The majority of patients are given care in an ambulatory setting with more than 2,000 patients scheduled each year.

Issues the division treats include but are not limited to:

  • Abnormalities of development
  • Vaginal bleeding in prepubertal females
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Sexual abuse
  • Breast development
  • Vulvar abnormalities
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Risky sexual behavior assessment and counseling

Last Published: Oct 16, 2018