Medical Director, Adolescent Medicine Program
As the medical director of Adolescent Medicine at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, I get to treat, guide and support young adults from age 11 well into their college years. Specifically, I specialize in adolescent gynecology and young women’s health, as well as the medical management of eating disorders.
My favorite part about my job is working with adolescents and young adults. I discovered my calling for working with teenagers during my medical training. I realized very quickly that I enjoyed and excelled at interacting with my older pediatric patients, who were at a critical crossroads in their lives.
As an adolescent specialist, I provide more than gynecological exams and medical treatment. Every time I meet a new patient, I spend a lot of time getting to know them. Engaging in conversation and listening is critical. During our conversations, I try to assess if they have risk factors or concerns prevalent among teenagers, including mental health issues, drug use, peer pressure, bullying and more. Every appointment is a chance to continue our dialogue and for me to be another adult that teens can turn to for assistance and guidance.
I also specialize in the medical management of eating disorders, coordinating care with community nutritionists and psychologists so that teenagers can get the help they need to have a healthy relationship with food. As a pediatric residency faculty member, I will also enjoy teaching Adolescent Medicine to the next generation of pediatricians as part of the future Pediatric Residency Program at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
Mount Sinai Hospital Center, 1994
North Shore Univ Hospital, 1997, Pediatrics
Montefiore Medical Center, 2000, Adolescent Medicine
American Board of Pediatrics-Adolescent Medicine
American Board of Pediatrics-Pediatrics
Awards, Achievements, and More
- Neville H. Golden, M.D., Elba A. Iglesias, M.D., Marc S. Jacobson, M.D., et al. Alendronate for the Treatment of Osteopenia in Anorexia Nervosa: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Presented at the Society for Adolescent Medicine annual clinical meeting. Los Angeles, CA, March, 2005.
- Elba A. Iglesias, M.D., Susan M. Coupey, M.D., Morri E. Markowitz, M.D. Environmental and Hormonal Risk Factors and Blood Lead Levels in Adolescent Girls. Presented at the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology annual clinical meeting. Toronto, Canada, May, 2001.
- Elba A. Iglesias, M.D., Stanford Friedman, M.D. Perceived Decision-Making Skills in 9th Graders: The Impact of Family Planning, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Alcohol, and Drug Small Group Education Sessions. Presented at the Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center, Science Day, October, 1999.
- Alendronate for the Treatment of Osteopenia in Anorexia Nervosa. Study coordinator. An NIH funded longitudinal placebo controlled pilot study on the use of alendronate for the treatment of osteopenia in adolescents meeting DSM-IV criteria for anorexia nervosa. (Principal investigator: Neville Golden M.D.) (2001-2004)
- The Effect of Depo-Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA) Contraceptive Injection on Blood Lead Levels in Adolescent Females. Principal investigator. Longitudinal study comparing blood lead levels in adolescent DMPA users versus non-users while examining for variables such as demographics, lead exposure, sexual history and calcium intake. (1998-2001)
- Perceived Decision-Making Skills in 9th Graders: The Impact of Family Planning, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Alcohol, and Drug Small Group Education Sessions. Principal investigator. A 9th grade health education intervention in a Bronx public high school. The intervention was being evaluated for its impact on decision-making and communication skills using pre- and post-test questionnaires. (1998-2000)
- Depo-Provera: Evaluation of Bone Mineral Density and Total Body Calcium in Adolescent DP150C1 Users and Matched Controls. Investigator. A multi-center trial funded by Pharmacia and Upjohn Inc. to longitudinally study bone mineral density in adolescents using Depo-Provera compared to a matched control group using no hormonal contraception. (Principal Investigator: Susan M. Coupey, M.D. ) (1998-2000)
- August, 2016: Health and Well Being in the Female Dancer. Presentation for Wellness Day with U18 Sports Medicine Group at Boca Dance Studio, Boca Raton, FL
- May, 2016: The Adolescent Years. Presentation for Neurofibromatosis Medical Symposium at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL
- April, 2016: Let’s Talk about Girls, Nutrition and Health. Workshop presentation for Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court, Miami Springs, FL
- February, 2016: How to Take Care of Your Body as an Instrument for Dance. Co-presenter at North Broward Preparatory School for Wellness Week, Coconut Creek, FL
- September, 2015: Coping with Psychological Illness: Eating Disorders. Panel presentation sponsored by Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
- September, 2015: Special Considerations for the Female Athlete Provider. Lecture given at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, U18 Sports Medicine Course, Davie, FL
- June, 2014: Diagnosis and Management of Menstrual Cycle Abnormalities in the Adolescent. Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood, FL
- February, 2010, 2011, and 2012: STIs in Adolescents. Annual lecture given to pediatric residents, medical students, and fellows at Miami Children’s Hospital. Miami, FL
- April, 2010: Abnormal Uterine Bleeding in Adolescents. Co-presenter, Susan M. Coupey, M.D. Luncheon presentation for the annual clinical meeting for the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Las Vegas, NV
- March, 2006: Menstrual Disorders in Adolescents. Lecture given to Pediatric Emergency Room residents and fellows, Schneider Children’s Hospital, North Shore- Long Island Jewish Health System
- June, 2005: Sexuality and Methods of contraception in Adolescents Lecture given to residents in the Department of Internal Medicine, Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital, Far Rockaway, NY
- January, 2005: Common Methods of Contraception in Adolescents. Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY
- November, 2003: Rings, shots, pouches, and patches: it’s not just pills anymore. Contraception for the Adolescent in 2003. Workshop co-presenter for The 22nd Annual Current Concerns in Adolescent Medicine: Controversies, Conflicts, and Challenges. Garden City, NY
- November, 2002: Common Methods of Contraception in Adolescents. Lecture given to residents in the Department of Internal Medicine, Jamaica Hospital, Jamaica, NY
- March, 2001: Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Adolescents. Lecture given to residents in the Department of Pediatrics, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY
- January, 2001: Diagnosis and Management of Menstrual Cycle Abnormalities in the Adolescent. Grand Rounds, Department of Pediatrics, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY
- June, 1999: Eating Disorders. Seminar for residents in Social Pediatrics. Presented a case of a patient with an eating disorder, discussing diagnosis and management. Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY