The Section of Adolescent Medicine provides a wide variety of health care settings to introduce residents and students to the care of adolescents, service to the Department of Pediatrics providing continuity of care clinics and referrals to sub-specialists, leadership in the research and care of adolescents with HIV, the provision of accredited college health programs, leadership in healthcare for homeless youth, and leadership in street and community outreach. Tulane's Section of Adolescent Medicine provided the only Title X reproductive health clinic on the East Bank of New Orleans.
Sue Ellen Abdalian, MD
Dr. Abdalian has been with the Tulane School of Medicine since 1987. She is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics who board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Abdalian is also a researcher and has numerous federal, state and city grants and contracts. Her areas of interest include reproductive health care, youth with eating disorders, adolescents living with HIV and HIV/AIDS Interventions. She is primary investigator of the New Orleans Adolescent Medicine Trials Unit, one of 15 in the US that targets youth for research of behavioral and therapeutic HIV intervention and prevention strategies. In addition to teaching, community care, mobilization and research with at-risk adolescent populations is the focus of her work.
Edward Bonin, NP
Mr. Bonin is the Director of the Drop-In Center and Clinic in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine where he is an Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the Drop-In provided general healthcare, mental healthcare, behavioral healthcare and supportive services to homeless youth and youth at risk for homelessness. Post Katrina, the Drop-In Clinic provides primary health care, as well as behavioral and mental healthcare to all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults less than 24 years of age regardless of housing status and ability to pay. The Drop-In Center continues to provide services to homeless youth and youth at risk for homelessness. Mr. Bonin is active in the National Health Care for the Homeless Council having served as President of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Clinicians' Network.
Julie Finger, MD
Dr. Finger joined the Section in 2004 and is board-certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, she completed her pediatrics residency at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and then stayed on for a year of additional training in adolescent medicine. She then earned her master's in public health from Tulane University. She works in several different adolescent clinics around New Orleans, does research, and teaches. She loves working with teenagers and is passionate about providing them with quality healthcare.