Dr. Heard has a special interest in the area of pediatric/adolescent gynecology. This unique area of medicine involves evaluating and treating children and teenagers with gynecologic problems. Many problems related to this young population are unique and require specialized training and experience. During his residency in obstetrics and gynecology from 1992-1995, Dr. Heard treated pediatric patients at Le Bonheur Children’s hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He added to his experience during a four year commitment in the military as a general OB/GYN. More recently, Dr. Heard spent 6 months working in the Gynecology Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
The range of gynecologic disorders in children and adolescents ranges from congenital abnormalities and genetic syndromes found at birth to developmental problems and concerns that are also found in adults. These include conditions such as menstrual disorders, endometriosis, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, and sexually transmitted infections. Dr Heard has a special interest in adolescent obesity and sees pediatric patients for weight management as well. Many gynecologic disorders such as polycystic ovarian disease, diabetes, and thyroid conditions can be associated with weight problems. Pediatric patients are no exception to this rule. Adolescents that are overweight many times go on to be obese adults with medical problems that can complicate future pregnancies and general health.