Inside Pediatrics

Adolescent Healthcare: Why It's Different and So Specialized

Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM | Nefertiti Durant, MD, MPH - Speaker Bio
Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM is the Derrol Dawkins, MD Endowed Chair in Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Coyne-Beasley is Division Director of Adolescent Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Children’s of Alabama.  She is also Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Community Engagement and a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine. She has expertise and training in adolescent medicine, preventive medicine, epidemiology and public health. Her academic, community work, policy development and research have focused on adolescent health and risk behaviors. She has specific interests in sexual and reproductive health, health promotion and disease prevention, reducing health disparities, immunizations, improving health care access, community-based participatory and engaged research, and practice-based research. She is also past president of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, the largest international, multidisciplinary organization of providers serving adolescents and young adults in the world, and serves as the past-presidents’ council representative to the board of directors.

Nefertiti Harmon Durant, MD, MPH
is an associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Durant attained her MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Durant received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health. While working toward her MPH, Durant completed three concurrent fellowships in Pediatric Health Services Research, Health Policy and Adolescent Medicine at Children’s of Boston and the Harvard School of Medicine. She is board certified in general pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Her clinical interests include menstrual disorders, preventative health care in adolescents and young adults and transition care of adolescents and young adults to adult care. Currently, Dr. Durant is director of the Adolescent Health Center at Children’s of Alabama. She is also director of the Female Adolescent Bleeding Clinic (FAB), a Women and Girls Bleeding Disorder (WGBD) Clinic of Excellence.
  • Topic Info:Think tweens and teens are hard to figure out? They may be impulsive and unpredictable, but they are also full of hope and possibilities. Meet a couple of doctors at Children's of Alabama who are passionate about all things "adolescent." Doctors Tamera Coyne-Beasley and Nefertiti Durant lead a team of healthcare professionals at the William A. Daniel, Jr. Adolescent Health Center who are committed to helping young people navigate through physical and emotional changes, and unlock their full potential.