Richard Chung, MD, associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine program, was recently appointed to serve on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Adolescence.
The AAP Committee on Adolescence addresses the special health care needs of adolescents and promotes the pediatrician as their optimal source of health care. The committee monitors and makes policy recommendations to the Board of Directors on issues surrounding vital adolescent health issues, including reproductive and sexual health care; identification and prevention of chlamydia and other STIs; improving health care delivery in the juvenile correctional care system, and the provision of confidential health care services. Committee members work closely with the Section on Adolescent Health (SOAH) to bring policy and education together.
Chung received his A.B. degree in cognitive neuroscience from Harvard University and his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine. He then trained in pediatrics and internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center and adolescent and young adult medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital prior to returning to Duke to direct the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine program. He also serves as the medical director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders, vice chief for Innovation and Strategy in pediatric primary care, and co-director of the Duke Children’s Population Health Initiative. Chung’s clinical and research interests include chronic illness in adolescence and the role of positive developmental trajectories in driving successful transitions to independent adulthood.