Indiana University Medical Center

Indiana University Medical Center Web Site

Section of Adolescent Medicine
410 West 10th Street, Suite 1001
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5272
Phone: 317.274.8812

Project Director

J. Dennis Fortenberry MD MS
(317) 274-8812


  • The Indiana LEAH is located in the Section of Adolescent Medicine at Riley Hospital for Children, the major teaching hospital for Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Indiana LEAH is affiliated with Indiana University Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, the Wishard Hospital Community Clinics, the Indiana LEND and LEPN programs, the Indiana University Health, Inc., Indianapolis Public Schools, Marion County Juvenile Justice, the Indiana University Bloomington Campus and universities throughout the US.


  • The Indiana LEAH seeks to improve the health and well-being of US adolescents by:
    • preparing health professionals for positions of leadership in adolescent health;
    • conducting innovative research related to adolescent health issues and disseminating results;
    • providing interdisciplinary health care to adolescents and their families;
    • providing technical assistance and continuing education;
    • disseminating best practices

Philosophy and Guiding Principles


  • educate and mentor the next generation of leaders in adolescent health;
  • honor diversity and culture among young people and training health care leaders;
  • use a competency-based curriculum provide trainees incorporating discipline specific role models, formal instruction, supervised application of new knowledge and skills and the opportunity to teach others

Scientific & Research Capabilities

  • Interdisciplinary clinical research in adolescent health
  • Survey research
  • Clinical trials
  • Qualitative methods
  • Complex data management
  • Electronic data capture including web-based, PDA and cellular telephone methods
  • Biostatistics including complex statistical analyses (e.g. hierarchical linear modeling, latent growth curve and structural equation modeling)
  • Sexually transmitted infection molecular diagnostics

Academic Programs include:

  • Pediatrics, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, and Dietetics/Nutrition
  • We offer a master of science in Clinical Research and a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral aspects of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV

Distance Learning capacities include:

  • Capacity for streaming video with archival
  • Real-time video teleconferencing

Internships and Training Programs

  • Medical subspecialty training in Adolescent Medicine
  • Long-term interdisciplinary training in adolescent health
    • Medicine
    • Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Nutrition
    • Psychology
  • Post-doctoral training in behavioral aspects of sexually transmitted infections and HIV
  • Master of Science in clinical research
  • Master of Public Health

Clinical Programs

  • Primary care
  • Subspecialty care
  • Reproductive health and gynecologic health
  • Eating disorders
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Sexually transmitted infections and HIV
  • School-based health
  • Juvenile correctional health

Professional Relationships

  • Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • American Dietetics Association
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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