Transgender Program

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Introduction

The Transgender Program is a multidisciplinary team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital made up of experts in the field of gender-affirming care. We offer endocrine, surgical, and behavioral health services to adult patients in accordance with the Standards of Care published by WPATH and the guidelines published by the Endocrine Society.

Letter from the Directors

Welcome to the Transgender Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where we aim to provide compassionate, sensitive, and affirming care to gender-diverse patients in our community. Our goals are threefold:

  1. With expertise spanning multiple fields of transgender care, our multidisciplinary team helps patients realize their treatment goals in a safe and inclusive care setting.
  2. We seek to advance the care of the transgender community both in Boston and across the world through cutting-edge research on gender-affirming medicine and surgery conducted by our Harvard Medical School faculty members.
  3. As members of a world-class teaching hospital, our providers are committed to educating the next generation of leaders in the field of transgender care.

The Transgender Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital strives to produce the highest-quality clinical care, research, and education in service of our transgender and non-binary patients. Welcome to our community, and we look forward to caring for you.

Sincerely,

Anna L. Goldman, MD

Ole-Petter R. Hamnvik, MB BCh BAO

Shalender Bhasin, MD

Co-Directors, Transgender Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Providers and Services

Endocrinology

  • Providers: Ole-Petter Hamnvik, MB BCh BAO and Anna Goldman, MD
  • Services:
    • Initial assessment
    • Gender-affirming hormone therapy
    • Referrals to additional experts as needed
  • Contact:
    • Location:
      • Brigham Endocrinology Clinic, 221 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
      • Brigham Medical Specialties, 45 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115
      • Brigham and Women’s Health Care Center, 20 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035
    • Phone: 617-732-5666 to make an appointment; please indicate that you are seeking transgender care so that you can be scheduled correctly.

Plastic Surgery

Mental Health

Other Clinical Services

The Transgender Program also offers referrals to providers at Brigham Health for the following services:

  • Hysterectomy, oophorectomy
  • Orchiectomy
  • Assisted reproduction
  • Fertility testing
  • Pregnancy care
  • Pelvic floor concerns
  • Hair removal
  • Acne treatment
  • Primary care including regular health maintenance, STI testing, and PrEP for HIV prevention
  • Voice therapy (referral to outside providers)

Education on Topics in Transgender Medicine

Our specialists are available to teach medical professionals and members of the public on a variety of topics related to gender-affirming care, and have experience speaking to small groups and to large national and international meetings. If interested in inviting a team member to speak, please contact Preeti Sharma, Education Coordinator in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension.

Clinical Research and Publications

Our team is heavily involved in researching and publishing on topics that relate to transgender health and gender-affirming care. Patients may be offered participation in research studies; this is voluntary and declining participation does not affect the clinical care in any way. Some recent publications from our team members include:

  • Ruben MA, Shipherd JC, Topor D, AhnAllen CG, Sloan CA, Walton HM, Matza AR, & Trezza GR. Advancing LGBT healthcare policies and clinical care within a large academic medical center: A case study. J Homosex. 2017; 64:1411-1431. [link to: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28459380-advancing-lgbt-health-care-policies-and-clinical-care-within-a-large-academic-health-care-system-a-case-study/]
  • Kosman KA, AhnAllen CG, Fromson JA. A call to action: The need for integration of transgender topics in psychiatry education. Acad Psychiatry. 2019; 43:82-88. [link to: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30105575-a-call-to-action-the-need-for-integration-of-transgender-topics-in-psychiatry-education/]
  • AhnAllen CG. Improving healthcare for gender diverse youth through education and training. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2020; 25:1-3.[link to: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/camh.12365]
  • Sierra MJ, Allen D, Noyola N, AhnAllen CG. Just a thought?: A cognitive-behavioral learning approach to improving transgender patient-health professional interactions. 2020. LGBT Health Workforce Conference, New York City, NY.
  • Foer D, Rubins DM, Almazan A, Chan K, Bates DW, Hamnvik OPR. Challenges with accuracy in gender fields in identifying transgender patients in electronic health records. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2019 Dec 5. [Epub ahead of print] [link to: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31808128-challenges-with-accuracy-of-gender-fields-in-identifying-transgender-patients-in-electronic-health-records/]
  • Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy for Transgender Individuals. Endocrine Society Fellows Training Series. Available at education.endocrine.org
  • Rosen HN, Hamnvik OPR, Jaisamrarn U, Malabanan AO, Safer JD, Tangpricha V, Wattanachanya L, Yeap SS. Bone densitometry in transgender and gender non-conforming individuals (TGNC): The 2019 ISCD official positions. J Clin Densitom. 2019;22(4):544–553. [link to: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31327665]
  • Foer D, Rubins DM, Bates DW, Almazan AN, Wickner PG, Hamnvik OPR. Spirometry use for transgender patients. Oral presentation, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting, Houston. TX, November 2019.
  • Goldman AL, Hamnvik OPR. Integrated Care of the Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Person. Chapter in Essentials of Men’s Health (Bhasin S, O’Leary M, Basaria S, Eds.)

Resources

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Support Groups

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