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Charles J. Wibbelsman, M.D.
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Although adolescent males have as many health issues and concerns as adolescent females, they are much less likely to be seen in a clinical setting. This is related to both individual factors and the health care system itself, which is not always encouraging and set up to provide comprehensive male health care. Working with adolescent boys involves gaining the knowledge and skills to address concerns such as puberty and sexuality, substance use, violence, risk-taking behaviours and mental health issues. The ability to engage the young male patient is critical, and the professional must be comfortable in initiating conversation about a wide array of topics with the teen boy, who may be reluctant to discuss his concerns. It is important to take every opportunity with adolescent boys to talk about issues beyond the presenting complain, and let them know about confidential care.
Charles J. Wibbelsman, M.D. Chief,The Teenage Clinic Adolescent Medicine Subspecialists Kaiser Permanente, comes on the show to help parents deal with the ongoing and sometimes frustrating health concerns of our teenage boys.
Charles J. Wibbelsman, MD, is the Chief of Adolescent Medicine for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, California. Dr. Wibbelsman has been with The Permanente Medical Group, Inc. for 30 years and serves as Chair of the Chiefs of Adolescent Medicine for Kaiser Permanente, Northern California. He is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine. Prior to his joining The Permanente Medical Group, Dr. Wibbelsman was the Chief of Venereal Disease Control for the City and County of San Francisco. As an author for books for adolescents and their parents, he has authored The Teenage Body Book, Growing and Changing, Life Happens, and Crisis Proof Your Teenager. Dr. Wibbelsman recently was a member of The Committee on Adolescence of The American Academy of Pediatrics and is now President Elect of Chapter 1, District IX of the American Academy of Pediatrics and in 2009 served as President of The San Francisco Medical Society.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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