UChicago Medicine is committed to providing the best possible care to transgender and gender-nonconforming patients. We aim to align your identity with your physical characteristics by offering a full range of gender affirmation surgeries to help you achieve this harmony.
When transgender individuals come to UChicago Medicine they can be certain that their surgeons will be experienced in the latest surgical approaches. In fact, UChicago Medicine plastic surgeon, Lawrence Gottlieb, MD, is internationally renowned for pioneering and perfecting phalloplasty techniques that are commonly used today. He has more than 30 years of experience performing these procedures.
Just as important, we adhere to the standards of care set forth by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
The best approach to treating gender dysphoria depends on the individual. Our surgeons work as part of a multidisciplinary team of specialists in transgender health. We perform both bottom and top surgeries for transgender and gender-nonconforming patients, including transmasculine and transfeminine procedures. We will answer any questions that you have about what to expect before, during and after gender affirmation procedures.
Because UChicago Medicine is a major academic medical center, our patients have access to the expertise of all medical specialties. If you choose UChicago Medicine for gender affirmation surgery, you will be able to seek additional medical or surgical care you need, from endocrinology consultations for hormone therapy to primary and preventive care appointments.
Following WPATH Recommendations
As recommended under WPATH, patients seeking top surgery must have a referral from a mental health provider, and patients seeking bottom surgery must have referrals from two mental health providers. It is also recommended that patients undergoing top or bottom surgery live as self-affirmed gender individuals for at least 12 months before undergoing these procedures.
The Importance of the Patient Experience
UChicago Medicine has been named an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equity Index (HEI). In 2017, we received the maximum score in each section of the HEI survey, demonstrating our inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.
To further advance our approach to LGBTQ patient care, we are conducting research with the transgender community to identify how healthcare providers can improve the experience of patients seeking gender affirmation surgery. We are working to develop patient-reported outcome measures specific to transgender individuals so that healthcare organizations around the world can better gauge how to meet your needs.